Adventures in Diaspora (AiD) and Friends of the Museum (FOM) in collaboration with Ghana Museums and Monuments board,(GMMB) has extended its projects to include the Science Museum on the Barnes road in Accra.
The initiative begun in 2010, through the support of the Chairman of GMMB, Mr Fritz Baffour, Board Members and the staff.
AiD and FOM, are currently supporting the National Museum and projects completed to date include, the painting of museums by Coral paints, free internet wi-fi by Airtel, new landscaped lawn by the Ghana Commercial Bank and Chase Petroleum and the installation of 2 huge water tanks by Poly-tank group.
The Science Museum will now be a beneficiary of AiD/FOM campaign, culminating in a raffle draw on October 18th.
The AiD and the FOM therefore organised a musical concert to raise funds towards the the purchase of an project at the Science Museum over the week end.
The event attracted renowned Ghanaian musicians such as Pat Thomas, Ebow Taylor, Ben Brako, Irene Logan and Sami Nukuson .
The theme for the event, “Reviving Ghana’s folkloric music tradition” was very much in line with the mandate of AiD and its affiliate, Archi-Afrika, Accra, (AAACCRA) to advocate and highlight the role of creativity and culture in Africa’s development agenda.
Mr. Nat Amartefio, Board member of AAACCRA and Co-founder of the Friends of the National Museum said the museum was part of Ghana national heritage and culture.
He said it was the responsibility of all Ghanaians to support the GMMB and embrace “our heritage and refine it from within.”
Mr Joe Osae-Addo, Chairman of Archi-Afrika, re-emphasised the need for the citizenry to complement government’s efforts and become trustees of “our cultural heirlooms.”
He commended companies already supporting them and the new ones such as SafeBond, Krane Construction and Amaechi and Njide family foundation.
He mentioned Golden Tulip Accra and the General Manager of Golden Tulip Kumasi, Mr. Xavier Hubert, who were co-initiators of the AiD series for their support.
Mr Agyiri Sackey, Director of the Science museum said the idea of establishing the museum was the brainchild of the Ghana Academy of Science and Arts 50 years ago.
He said the museum was to serve as a public platform to educate and also link industry, academia and the public.
Mr Sackey said a nation was not classified as developed or under-developed by the natural resources that nation has, but the scientific culture which it applies in its everyday life determines its level of development.
He said AiD, under the ArchiAfrika platform, is dedicated to re-emphasizing the importance of broadening the discourse on Africa’s built environment to encompass the role of socio-cultural design inspired development. GNA