Minister for the Central Region, Hon. Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan has highlighted her outmost appreciation to organizers of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) for the privilege in enacting her region to host the biannual event’s 60th anniversary, which she recall has took to the opportunity to learn vastly on culture.
The cultural festival which last saw the Central Region host it in 1996 (26years ago), on its seven (7) days set aside to commemorate its 60th anniversary this period had the Fante land host all sixteen (16) regions across the country under one umbrella to celebrate the occasion in grand style.
Hon. Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan speaking on the program dubbed “Reviving Patriotism, Peace and Unity Through Cultural Diversity For Sustainable Development” on the august event’s penultimate day of celebration on Thursday 15th December, 2022 at the Adisadel School Park in Cape Coast remarked her ignorance on certain cultural practices prior to the festival.
She disclosed that due to her sheer ignorance on culture during the gathering nearly betrothed herself to one of the Chiefs invited to grace the occasion after unknowingly dancing her way out right in front of the Chief.
The deed according to the Minister after luckily been prompted by one of the said Chief’s linguist customarily implies she wanted to catch the eye of the Chief for marriage. As she hailed the program for enlightening her on that. Stressing she has from now onwards taken great lessons from the act.
Hon. Marigold Assan on that note encouraged all seated under the sound of her voice, specifically pupils who had travelled both far and near from respective secondary schools across the region to witness the colourful event to take all they’ve came to witness extremely serious and not for a play.
Furthermore, Nkwantakese Hene Nana Boakye Yam Ababio, who doubles as Otumfuo Ninfahen II, having been made Chairman of the occasion speaking on the essence of culture, noted that every individual who’s well abreast with his cultural background commands an exceptional respect, being it a pastor or politician.
He additionally uncovered the everlasting benefits cultural festivals like that of NAFAC comes with. Highlighting that such occasions brings forth oneness, peace and unity among ethnic groups, coupled with its economical benefits attached. As pity traders like orange, banana and sachet water sellers get to recoup their daily bread and sales from such functions.