The Homogenous festival (Homofest), instituted in 2014, is to be promoted as one of the flagship attractions in Ghana which will influence the travel decisions of visitors into the country especially during the last quarter of the year.
This was disclosed by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare during the launch of this year?s Homofest at the National Theatre.
Homofest is part of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts? (MOTCCA) domestic tourism drive, which is aimed at promoting unity in community development, job creation, showcasing the rich culture and climaxing the Homowo festival of the Ga-Dangbes.
According to Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, the diversity and richness of the Ga-Dangbe culture and tradition is the basis for putting together an amalgam of Ga-Dangbe traditional festivals made up of the likes of Homowo, Asafotufiam, Ngmayem and Kpledjoo festivals among others to celebrate in unity, brotherliness and togetherness under a common festival dubbed Homofest.
She stressed that last year?s festival, which was the maiden edition, was a major success judging from the feedback the ministry has received from those who experienced it.
The Hon. Minister used the occasion to express her ministry?s gratitude to the ministries of Local Government and Rural Development and Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, RCC, AMA and other stakeholders for supporting the ministry to celebrate the festival.
The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Alfred Oko Vanderpuye commended the leadership roles of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts (MOTCCA) which made last year?s Homofest a success. He expressed optimism that this year?s festival will surpass the previous year. He also encouraged all to work hard after the launch to ensure a successful Homofest come August 10.
Delivering his speech, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, the Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development bemoaned the gradual extinction of the Ga-Dangbe culture in the Greater Accra Metropolis. He therefore said the festival must be celebrated for the young ones to appreciate and grow with the Ga-Dangbe culture.
Activities outlined for the 2015 edition of Homofest include clean-up exercises, photo exhibitions, food bazaars, lectures on the history of the Ga-Dangbes and a durbar of chiefs to climax the event. All these are aimed at projecting the norms, food, dance, customs, traditions and folklore of the people of Ga-Dangbe.

The event was chaired by the president of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, Nene Abrah kabu Akuoku III. Also present at the launch were Queen Mothers and other important royals in the Greater Accra Region and stakeholders in the tourism, culture and creative arts sector.

SOURCE: PR UNIT, MOTCCA

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