The Executive Director of the National Folklore Council of Ghana, Ms. Bernice Deh-Kumah, says it is imperative to protect culture and heritage in Ghana.
She also assured of the Council’s determination to preserve Ghana’s heritage through folklore.
She made the revelation during World Folklore Day 2022 held at the National Theater on Monday, August 22.
The day took place around a summit on the theme “Arousing the interest of African youth in folklore for sustainable development”.
According to Ms. Deh-Kumah, the National Folklore Council’s decision to hold the event on such an important day is aimed at educating the youth while encouraging plans to protect the culture and heritage of Ghana and the United States. Africa as a whole. The summit was graced by representatives from Namibia, Gambia and Togo, which share a similar cultural heritage with Ghana.
“We intend to bring out our intangible cultural heritage with a national register, [and eventually onto a world register]… We want to see how we can all best collaborate to have our intangible cultural heritage inscribed on the World Heritage Register,” explained the Executive Director.
Ms. Deh-Kumah further highlighted the dangers associated with neglecting the Council’s mandate.
“We will do it [eventually] losing our heritage, and we don’t want to lose it,” she insisted. While sharing the relevance of involving young people in this year’s celebration of global folklore, she hinted that “we cannot do it without young people, because whatever we want to do, we have to pass it on to young people in order so they can take over.” on our side”.
The summit, graced by Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku Mantey, was also attended by students from St. Aquinas High School, Accra Girls High School, Labone High School and University of Ghana.