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Ghana, AAMY host Ghana Day event in Yeongwol

Ambassador Madam Elizabeth Nicol of Ghana hosted a Ghana Day celebration at the African Arts Museum of Yeongwol (AAMY) in Gangwon Province on July 25, 2015. It was attended by many ambassadors, Korean civic figures and local government officials as well as citizens of the Yeongwol County in Gangwon Province.

Following an opening speech by Director-Curator Cho Myung-haeng of the Museum (former Korean ambassador to Nigeria), a congratulatory speech was made by Ambassador Nicol and nice remarks by Mayor Park Sun-kyu of the Yeongwol County.

In a welcome speech to the guests, Ambassador Nicol said, “What you will find at this Ghana Day exhibition is by no means exhaustive of Ghanaian arts and culture but rather a small window into the Ghanaian cultural sphere. It is our hope that this exhibition will awaken the curiosity in many of us here to explore more into the arts and culture of the Ghanaian people.” (See further details at the end of this Article.)

The guests were treated to a Ghanaian luncheon at the garden under a number of tents pitched just in case it should rain (but it didn’t).

Six buses full of guests from Seoul came to Yeongwol that day from Seoul (Crown Hotel), mostly friends of the Ghana Embassy and Director-Curator Cho of the Museum.

At the Main Hall of the Museum was an artificial palm dates tree which had the remarks of Director Cho, which read: “Sharing Love Dates Tree: For the North African people, dates have a deeper meaning than just ‘food.’ For them, dates are the fruits for sharing love with their family members and friends. With KOICA, let’s dream of a better future for the worlds’ developing countries that can share in the abundant fruits of prosperity and harmony.”

The Museum had many unique traditional handicraft items of different countries of Africa, which attracted the attention of many guests.

Excerps from the welcome speech by Ambassador Nicol:

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this “Ghana Day” exhibition co-organised by the African Arts Museum of Yeongwol and the Embassy of Ghana in Seoul.

I wish to express my profound gratitude to Ambassador Cho and the African Arts Museum of Yeongwol for their generous support and assistance in granting us the opportunity to use their wonderful facility for this exhibition and for their continued efforts aimed at promoting African Art and Culture Korea.

Let me also offer our sincere gratitude to the Mayor of Yeongwol, Mr. Park Sun Kyu for the warm welcome he has extended to the Embassy and all the dignitaries and invited guests to this exhibition. Thank you very much Mr. Park Sun Kyu.

Cultural exchanges are very significant part of the cooperation between countries given their unique role in enhancing mutual understanding, trust and friendship between peoples.

After the opening ceremony, the exhibition will continue for a month and it is my wish that you find time to visit again with more of your family and friends to explore the many items on display at your own leisure.

What you will find at this Ghana Day exhibition is by no means exhaustive of Ghanaian arts and culture but rather a small window into the Ghanaian cultural sphere. It is our hope that this exhibition will awaken the curiosity in many of us here to explore more into the arts and culture of the Ghanaian people.

May I, once again extend our warm welcome to you all for being part of this Ghana Day event and I hope that you enjoy the exhibition.


▲Ambassador Elizabeth Nicol of Ghana (sitting at the left) listens to the opening address of Director-Curator Cho Myung-haeng of the African Arts Museum of Yeongwol at the opening ceremony of the Ghana Day celebration.


Following an opening speech by Director-Curator Cho Myung-haeng of the Museum (former Korean ambassador to Nigeria), a congratulatory speech was made by Ambassador Nicol and nice remarks by Mayor Park Sun-kyu of the Yeongwol County.

▲Many ambassadors from Africa and other countries attend the Ghana Day at AAMY in Yeongwol.


The guests were treated to a Ghanaian luncheon at the garden under a number of tents pitched just in case it should rain (but it didn’t).
Six buses full of guests from Seoul came to Yeongwol that day from Seoul (Crown Hotel), mostly friends of the Ghana Embassy and Director-Curator Cho of the Museum.

▲Director-Curator Cho of AAMY (left) and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post


At the Main Hall of the Museum was an artificial palm dates tree which had the remarks of Director Cho, which read: “ Sharing Love Dates Tree: For the North African people, dates have a deeper meaning than just ‘food.’ For them, dates are the fruits for sharing love with their family members and friends. With KOICA, let’s dream of a better future for the worlds’ developing countries that can share in the abundant fruits of prosperity and harmony.”
The Museum had many unique traditional handicraft items of different countries of Africa, which attracted the attention of many guests.

▲From left: Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post, Traditional Korean Cakes Specialist Ms. Ryu Hyun-mi, Minister & Deputy Head of Mission Louisa Aba Hanson of Ghana, Director-Curator Cho Myung-haeng of AAMY and Ms. Han Yuri, a Ghana Embassy staffer.

▲Ambassador Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d’Ivoire poses with the ivory exhibits. Cote d’Ivoire means Ivory Coast.

▲Love-Sharing Palm Dates tree (artificial) at the Main Hall of AAMY

▲Young people from Ghana and other African countries present exotic dances and music interesting to the Korean and other guests.

이경식 기자  edt@koreapost.com

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