According to the minister, this year's event which will be under the theme: “Re-Uniting the African Family: Challenges and Prospects". It will re-examine the role of the Great African ancestors, their pioneering spirit of promoting Pan African liberation and unity as well as valiant contemporary efforts to innovate individuals, communities and countries to bring into being an alternative world.”
She said the celebrations will involve a colloquium to renew the role PANAFEST has played and can continue to play in sustaining the magnificent legacy of the African and leveraging it for growth as well as provide stakeholders the opportunity to contribute to the grand official celebration of the 10th Edition of the festival in 2012.
“The joint celebration of PANAFEST and Emancipation Day are a powerful reawakening event aimed especially at Africans in the Diaspora to retrace their steps to the Motherland, Africa, a phenomenon welcome and accepted by Ghanaians and also affords us the opportunity to renew our bonds with our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora,” she stated.
The events marking the celebrations will kick off on Saturday, 23 July, 2011 with wreath laying ceremonies at the Du Bois Centre, George Padmore Library and the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park. An international concert will be held later that evening featuring great musicians.
These events would be followed by a grand durbar of Chiefs and People of Cape Coast, on Monday, July 25, 2011, and will be witnessed by Chiefs and Queen mothers from other parts of the country and from all walks of life.
Other events lined-up include visits to historical sites in Cape Coast and Elmina, the symbolic crossing of the River Pra, a Redemption March, and a Reverential Night which includes a candle light procession through the Cape Coast Castle. The celebrations will climax with Emancipation Day Celebration at Assin Manso on August 1.
The Minister commended rlg Communications, the Agricultural Development Bank, airtel, and Voltic Natural Mineral Water for supporting the celebrations and appealed to other corporate organizations to follow suit.
Story by Malik Abass Daabu/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana