The maiden edition of the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards came off on Saturday 7th December 2019 at the Accra International Conference Centre. The Executive Director of the awards scheme, Solomon Fixon Owoo, said that the occasion was to celebrate individuals and institutions that have championed the development of the arts and culture. The Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture Madam Edna Nyame said that the initiative was necessary especially in recent times of the gradual erosion of Ghanaian values in the face of modernity. There were a lot of popular faces from the Ghana Arts and Culture industry at the event who praised the awards as a complement to the industry.
The Director of the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards, Solomon Fixon Owoo, explained the vision of G. A. C. A. at the event and added that it would help improve tourism in Ghana. “Tonight, we are here on a mission of rewarding excellence in arts and culture. We have a rich heritage that cannot be easily forgotten. It is because of the aforementioned that we are here today to give our culture the face-lift that if truly deserves. We found a purpose and a mission in reminding Ghanaians of the importance to portray and expose our rich culture to the world as a way of unifying, maintaining and offering education on our cultural values whiles boosting our socio-economic growth through tourism”, he explained.
The Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture, Madam Edna Nyame, explained the role of the National Commission on Culture in the awards scheme. “It is the obligation of the National Commission on Culture (N.C.C.) to make contributions and give our support to any cause which focuses on uplifting the Ghanaian culture by way of promoting our Ghanaian tradition and values. On this note, the National Commission on Culture deems it an honor to associate itself with a brand that sees the arts and culture as an asset to the country. Considering our aims and objectives, which is identifying development and rewarding creative talents, then we are on course of making this initiative as one which we should all accept, believe, cherish and support in making the industry great”, she explained.
The were good will messages from stakeholders as well as some of the sponsors of the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards 2019. Lawyer Twumasi Anka, Head of legal Administration and Human Resource at GIHOC Distilleries, said his company was proud to be a sponsor of the event and explained the association with G. A. C. A. “GIHOC Distilleries is proud to be associated with this important programme. As the oldest distillery in the West African sub – region with 60 years experience and counting, we wish to remind Ghanaians of celebrating and patronizing their own as has been echoed by G. A. C. A. GIHOC distilleries produces original Ghanaian liquor with plants from Ghana. So in the ‘year of return’ , as we preach buy made in Ghana products, let’s us also remember to drink Ghana”, he said.
The organizers of the maiden edition of the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards stated that the awards was based on selection, nomination and public voting. Categories included music, hospitality, film, poetry, and fashion. Partners of G. A. C. A. 2019 were the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Ghana, National Commission on Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, the National Folklore Board, Heritage of Africa, Tourism Society of Ghana, amongst others.
By Jerry Wonder