GTA, Osibisa, Others Honoured At GACA

Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi displaying GTA award
The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) has been honoured at the 4th edition of the Ghana Arts and Culture Awards (GACA) held last Saturday, November 20 at the Alisa Hotel.

At the awards ceremony organised by the Arts and Culture Company, GTA picked up an award for corporate support for arts and culture.

It was organised to honour individuals who have made significant contribution to the development of the arts and culture industry in the country as well as recognise the work of institutions that projected the Ghanaian arts and culture within the year.

The event was organised in partnership with the NCC, GTA, National Folklore Board and Tourism Society of Ghana under the auspices of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Receiving the award on behalf management and staff, Mr Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi, Corporate Affairs Department, GTA, applauded the organisers for the awards scheme for recognising the contributions of individuals and organisations in the arts and tourism sector.

He said culture, arts and traditions, were part of the key pillars on which the “Year of Return” was initiated and followed by the “Beyond the Return” which has become successful across the globe.

He took the opportunity to urge all Ghanaians to appreciate our food, clothes, dance, music, arts, etc which forms the core of our heritage as a people, thereby entrenching our Pan African legacy across the continent.

In all, 24 individuals and institutions received recognition for their excellent contribution to the progress of the arts and culture industry.

Some of the award winners include Afro rock music group, Osibisa Band – lifetime achievement award, Amandzeba Nat Brew, and Bob Pixel won honorary awards, while Nana Krobea Asante, Kwahu Mpraeso Adontehene, won outstanding cultural personality award.

African Music and Dance Foundation took home traditional dance group, whilst Ananse Band won traditional music group of the year, with Fapempong Acheampong grabbing the spoken word artist of the year award.

The arts festival event award went to Black Arts Street Festival, while the Ghanaian fashion designer of the year award went to Eugene d’ Wise among others.

By George Clifford Owusu