Bonwire (Ash), Nov. 26, GNA – The chiefs and people of Bonwire in the Ejisu Municipality will as part of this year’s Kente festival celebrations, inaugurate a museum to display the rich traditional cloth, which has also, become a national symbol.
The museum to be known as Kente Innovation Hub, will serve as reference and research centre for the various symbols, names as well as the meanings attached to the different types of Kente designs and brands, which were originated and produced by the people in the area.
Mr. Bright Atta Opoku, Chairman of the festival’s planning committee, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the essence was to give credence to the tradition, history and heritage of the Bonwire Kente cloth, both in Ghana and abroad.
He said this year’s festival scheduled to take place between December 3rd and 9th would be held under the theme, “harnessing Kente for Sustainable Economic Empowerment”.
Mr Opoku said the theme had been chosen to reflect the importance of the Kente industry in helping to curb unemployment, reduce poverty and aid in the attainment of the sustainable development goals.
Mr. Krobea Asante, Assembly Member for the Area and member of the Committee, said the vision of the leaders in the community was to use the festival to create opportunities for the people both at home and abroad to come together to discuss the infrastructural deficits and how to improve them.
He said the community needed additional school buildings, potable water and sanitary facilities, teachers’ quarters, good road networks, among others in the area.
Mr Asante urged government to consider the traditional area’s proposal for the establishment of a factory to support the Kente business as part of the one district, one factory initiative, to help create employment and economic development of the area and the country at large.
Mr. Kwasi Marfo Sarpong, Secretary to the Committee, urged citizens of the town both at home and abroad to come in their numbers to take part in the celebrations and contribute to the socio-economic development of the area.
He said some of the activities planned for the celebrations included a clean-up exercise and float, health talk and screening, puberty rites (Bragoro) and a grand durbar to climax it.