The African continent is peaceable, wealthy, energetic with the potential to grow to be one of many world’s tremendous energy, says Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Tradition.
He has, due to this fact, urged descendants of the black race everywhere in the world to ignore the destructive narratives of Africa by the west, including that Africa possessed some of the youthful inhabitants who’re educated and hungry for achievement.
The minister was talking in Accra yesterday on the commemoration of this yr’s Emancipation Day held in Accra yesterday.
Held on the theme: “Emancipation! Empowering the African household to confront challenges of the twenty first century,” the occasion was marked by a wreath laying ceremony on the W.E. Dubois Centre, George Padmore Library and on the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in honour of individuals who led the emancipation of Ghanaians.
Additionally, the celebration was climaxed by a drama on the life and influence of Mansa Musa on the Nationwide Theatre.
Dr Awal mentioned Africa and the diaspora should forge a sustainable relationship to utilise the total potential of the youthfulness of the continent’s inhabitants in direction of socioeconomic improvement.
“Sixty per cent of Africans are under 25 years, they’re well-educated and desirous to succeed. Lengthen a hand of friendship to them, let’s construct the Human Useful resource of Africa in order that we are able to conquer psychological slavery,” he harassed.
The minister underscored the necessity for the federal government to empower the youth by way of formal and casual schooling that would present them with employment and contribute to the socio-economic progress of the nation.
“The federal government of Ghana has undergone collection of programmes to empower the younger folks. A few of these embrace the introduction of the Free Senior Excessive Faculty Coverage and the funding into entrepreneurship,” he mentioned.
The minister additional urged all establishments to offer younger folks with internship alternatives of their organisations to allow them to be taught, and in flip contribute to nationwide improvement.
The president of the PANAFEST Affiliation, Dr Esi Sutherland, harassed the necessity for Ghana to have a good time all individuals who contributed to the expansion of the nation and emancipation.
“The trail has been laid however we have now to proceed from the place our ancestors left off. Within the twenty first century, it is a pity we’re nonetheless dealing with institutional racism, poverty well being conditions that we should not be dealing with,” she mentioned.
She added that every one governments on the African continent should emulate the works of the Caribbean authorities in acquiring reparations.
In attendance have been authorities officers, members of the clergy, conventional leaders, diaspora and