Launch in Accra by Ghana Tourism Authority

The Ghana Tourism Authority has officially launched the 2024 Ghana Emancipation Day celebrations in Accra. As a result, speaking at the event, the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey, underscored the significance of this year’s theme, “Unity and Resilience: Building Stronger Communities for a Brighter Future.”

A Theme Rooted in History

The theme reflects on our ancestors’ struggles and triumphs, drawing strength from their resilience as we strive to build stronger, more cohesive communities,” Okraku-Mantey stated. Moreover, he emphasized that slavery and emancipation are not just historical events but also symbols of the human spirit’s remarkable capacity to overcome adversity. “We have always known ourselves to be people who have turned our hearts against injustice, inhumanity, and deception. We have stood up and demanded fairness and equality for all, regardless of their race, color, creed, gender, or class here in Ghana and across the world,” he added.

A Call to the African Diaspora

Accordingly, Okraku-Mantey urged Africans worldwide to recognize the importance of Emancipation Day, celebrated on August 1, 2024, as a tribute to the pioneers of the struggle for freedom from bondage. “I wish to state that those of us Africans at home and abroad must be encouraged to see the wisdom of the internationalization of Emancipation Day. However, its acknowledgment is essential. We all must come together on August 1st each year to praise our great ancestors who featured prominently in the emancipation process,” he emphasized.

Redevelopment of Historical Sites

Akwasi Agyemang, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), announced plans to redevelop key tourist sites, including the Salaga slave market, to honor the courage, community, and culture of African ancestors and the diaspora. “We are looking at the redevelopment of the various tourist sites for Emancipation Day. Subsequently, we have work ongoing at Salaga, the slave market, and many more. We are basing this on the 4 Cs: celebrating the courage of our ancestors who fought relentlessly, celebrating the community of the African diaspora, and the culture of Africans,” he noted.

A Celebration of Freedom and Unity

The celebrations, set to take place from July 22 to August 1, 2024, will be conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture. Emancipation Day, with its roots in the Caribbean, commemorates the abolition of chattel slavery in British colonies on August 1, 1834. Over the years, it has evolved into an annual event in Ghana, symbolizing freedom and unity for people of African descent.
This year’s launch of Emancipation Day in Accra is not just a celebration but a powerful reminder of our shared history and the ongoing struggle for justice and equality. Join us in Accra for a historic celebration that honors the past, celebrates the present, and inspires the future.

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