By Stephen Asante, GNA
Kumasi, April 16, GNA - Technocrats contributing to a day’s colloquium in Kumasi, have made a strong case for the nation to uphold her positive cultural and traditional values to help chart the path for accelerated development.
They argued that inherent positive cultural norms created in the people’s knowledge and consciousness, were required to stimulate in them patriotism and discipline.
Professor Kofi Agyekum of the Department of Linguistics, University of Ghana (UG), Legon, said the Ghanaian traditions espoused respect for authority, etiquette, tolerance and environmental protection.
The society, he said, under traditional customary practices was also expected to cherish peaceful co-existence and harmony, saying this sense of being each other’s keeper had helped to unite the nation over the years.
Prof. Agyekum, who was speaking on the topic “Knowledge on Asante Language, Culture and Society”, said a nation which does not uphold cultural values of the people would lose track of her own development aspirations.
The programme was organized jointly under the auspices of the Manhyia Palace and Department of History and Political Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), as part of activities to commemorate the 20th anniversary celebration of the enstoolment of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as the 16th occupant of the Asante Golden Stool.
It set forth to do a discussion on the original mindset which gave birth to the Asante State - how it began, the spirit and aspirations of its patriarchs and matriarchs and how the trailblazers have and are still working to make Asante take its rightful place in the modern state of Ghana.
“Asante in the League of Nations: Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, a Servant-King”, was the theme chosen for the programme, which brought together members of the academia from universities across the nation.
Dr. Wilhemina J. Donkor, an eminent Historian and former President of the Garden City University College of Ghana, paid glowing tribute to some notable Asante matriarchs, saying they represented a repository of wisdom that would later turn the Asante kingdom into one of the most powerful in Africa.
She indicated that the virtues exhibited by those women - trustworthiness, obedience, patience, justice and tenacity of purpose helped to spur the people on to remain focused on promoting the cause of society for the better.
The eminent Historian said the various roles played by those women of substance - religious, political and judicial, were important developments which motivated many women to fight for their rightful place in the society.
The Most Reverend Peter Akwasi Sarpong, Metropolitan Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Kumasi, lauded the Asantehene for galvanizing support to fight poverty, diseases and hunger amongst the people.
Prof. Henry Kwasi Prempeh, Director in-charge of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), advised the people to strive to be abreast with their own history and culture to guide them towards a prosperous future.
The programme had Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, as the Special Guest of Honour.GNA