GHANAIAN RAP doctor Okyeame Kwame who with his organization OK Communications and Malaika Media and in partnership with the Kufour Foundation who launched the AU Arts Festival to celebrate and raise funds for the Kufour foundation to complete the leadership Center in Lgon has said the host country for next year AU art festival is Liberia.
According to him the event will celebrate and create awareness for the support of the art industry by major stakeholders and also to encourage patrons in the art scenes.
In an interview, Okyeame Kwame revealed that the event is going to be an annual programme that will celebrate ex-presidents of various AU countries, he said “We were supposed to launched it on AU day but due to the death of Appiah- Menka we rescheduled it to June 1-3 to celebrate the life of ex-president Kuffour, our arts and also to raise funds for the Kufour Foundation. We will host the next event in Liberia to celebrate the ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her leadership and support to the art industry in her country.”
The former President of the republic of Ghana whose government started from 2000-2008, his Excellency John Agyekum Kuffuor was celebrated and enstooled the ‘King of Creative Arts’ which is translated in Twi as ‘Agoro Hene, due to his immense support to Ghana and arts.
He was presented with the stool, which signifies the soul of the art; a colorful Kente cloth, which represents the beauty of the art and an ‘akofena’ (sword) which he used to swear that he would be the father of creative arts and the industry can always call on him when the need arises, at the launch of AU Arts Festival stated that he is proud to be a Ghanaian and an African who appreciate his identity, he said “Culture is dynamic and must be guided with knowledge. Also self-confidence is the only key to creativity.”
The programme which was chaired by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts (MTCCA), was graced by dignitaries such as the Second Lady of Ghana, Samira Bawumia, and the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Wusu.
Also the Chief Executive Officer of Digital Plex Limited, Mr. Bhagwan Asnani, members of the diplomatic community, and a host of celebrities, including Yvonne Nelson, Akumaa Mama Zimbi, Princess Shyngle, Ekow Smith-Asante, Prince David Osei, Root I, Rhymesonny, Ruth Quarshie (Miss Universe Ghana), among others.
The festival was planned by 40 young and talented artist selected from across the country, to paint milestones of former President Kufuor’s achievements. On display at the venue from the morning were paintings, collages, wood carvings, poetry, palm-wine music, traditional music, choral music, pop music and many more.