By Gideon Ebbah, GNA
Bonwire (Ash), Jan 03, GNA – The chiefs and people of Bonwire in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality, have climaxed their annual ‘Kente Festival’, attracting huge presence of both local and foreign tourists.
“Promoting Development through Culture and heritage”, was the theme chosen for the event.
Bonwire has a thriving ‘kente’-weaving industry and employs about 75 per cent of the population.
On public display were varied colorful and brilliantly designed fabric – entirely hand-woven by the local weavers.
Mrs. Catherine Abelema Afeku, the Tourism Minister, who joined the celebration, said the industry held enormous promise for the economy - job and wealth creation.
She added that it could give impetus to the nation’s economic and tourism development.
The Minister said ‘kente’ was a brand and symbol of the nation that everybody should be proud of.
“Kente is a national identification and has a lot to tell about the history, tradition and culture of our dear nation.”
She encouraged the people to patronize the fabric to create huge market for it.
Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Minister, spoke of plans to build a crafts village, to serve as a one stop shop for the fabric.
That, he noted could open up job opportunities for the young people and lift many out of poverty.
Nana Bobie Ansah II, chief of the town, said the ‘kente’-weaving was the main economic activity of the people adding that its contribution to the local economy had been tremendous.
He announced the release of a four-acre stretch of land for the government’s one district one factory programme.