Ghana: Archbishop Emeritus Peter Kwasi Sarpong Launches Book On Ghanaian Culture and Traditions
The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mad Abla Dzifa Gomashie has called for the thorough study and appreciation of the history, culture and institutions, language and the art forms of all the regions of the country.
Mad Gomashie, who was speaking at the launch of a book authored by Most Rev Peter Kwasi Sarpong, Archbishop Emeritus l of Kumasi, in Accra last Saturday, condemned the lack of respect, appreciation and tolerance for other people's cultures and traditions.
She called on politicians, opinion leaders and the clergy to acknowledge and give equal opportunities to all citizens irrespective of religious or ethnic backgrounds.
In an address, Most Rev Sarpong said Christians could not call themselves good Christians unless they were good cultural men and women, and condemned early Christians for leading a savage attack on the culture and traditions of the people.
Most Rev Sarpong described anti-cultural attitudes as a disdain for the dignity of the African, adding that the loss of the sense of the wholesomeness of culture had landed Ghana into the present seemingly state of social chaos.
He, therefore, called for a reverse of the anti-cultural attitude in order to bring back sanity into our social lives.
According to Most Rev Sarpong, the book, titled: Odd Customs―Stereotypes and Prejudices, had been written for Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians alike in the hope that it would contribute to bringing understanding into our relationships as Ghanaians from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
The 85-page book was published by Sub-Saharan Publishers who also bore the cost of printing.