Former President John Agyekum Kufuor
Former President John Agyekum Kufuor

Arts lovers were given a special treat at the maiden edition of the African Union (AU) Arts Festival which kicked off in Ghana’s capital, Accra, on Friday.

The three-day festival is meant to celebrate the life and achievements of John Agyekum Kufuor, who served as Ghana’s president from 2001 to 2009.

The art exhibition is also aimed at promoting and encouraging the use of made-in-Ghana products and services.

Organized by the AU Arts Foundation in collaboration with the John Agyekum Kufuor(JAK) Foundation and Malaika Media, the fiesta attracted not only art lovers but friends and admirers of the former president across the continent.

The chairman of the AU Arts Festival Foundation, Kojo Ampah Sahara, sees the festival as a journey towards promoting the use of arts and culture as a means to harp on Africans’ contribution to global civilization.

He hoped and prayed that through the works on exhibition, Ghanaians, Africans and the world would remember the period before Kufuor’s government, his time as the president and draw inspiration from the many selfless choices he made to open Ghana up and usher it into the 21st century as a lower middle income country.

The festival is expected be an annual affair to honor leaders across the continent.

Some artworks autographed by the former president were auctioned to raise funds to support the JAK Foundation’s center for leadership and governance at the University of Ghana, Legon, in Accra. Enditem

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