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How Successful Was Ghana’s Year of Return? – BBC News Report

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An initiative aimed at encouraging members of the African diaspora to visit Ghana has been described as “a great success” by President Nana Akufo-Addo.

The Year of Return, 2019, was linked to the 400th anniversary of slaves landing in the US – said to be the first recorded arrival of enslaved Africans in the Americas.

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Ghana was a key transit point for transporting slaves and the president said his country felt a responsibility to welcome all those who could trace their ancestry to Africa.

So can we gauge how successful this initiative was for Ghana?

How Many More People Visited Ghana?

At the beginning of 2019, the Ghana Tourism Authority predicted the Year of Return would attract 500,000 extra visitors.

Official data from January to September 2019 indicates an additional 237,000 visitors – a rise of 45% compared with the same period the previous year – with significant increases in visitors from the US and UK.

However, we don’t know if this was specifically because of the Year of Return initiative, as tourists were not asked to state this on arrival as the reason for their visit.

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The apparent increase in arrivals in 2019 should be set in the context of an overall annual total of between 900,000 and one million foreign visitors to Ghana, a figure that has been generally rising anyway over the past few years, dipping slightly in 2018.

When the data is published for the whole of 2019, we should be able to assess how unusual the increase for that year was compared with previous years.

Was There A Boost To The Economy?

Minister of Tourism Barbara Oteng Gyasi said the Year of Return had injected about $1.9bn (£1.5bn) into the economy.

And the Ghana Tourism Authority told BBC News this figure was an estimate based on multiplying total visitor arrivals, 763,545 between January and September, by the average spend per tourist, $2,590 in 2019.

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But the total arrivals figure includes all international visitors, whether or not their visit was prompted by the Year of Return.

Bright Simons, a researcher at Imani Centre for Policy & Education think tank, has criticized the government estimates of the numbers of extra visitors.

And he says the average spend per tourist was less than $2,590.

The Ghanaian government also told BBC News a record of 126 people had been granted citizenship in 2019.

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And some from the diaspora, encouraged by the Year of Return initiative, have set up businesses, making investments or purchased property.

Did It Help Promote Ghana’s Image?

The government also said the Year of Return had drawn wider attention to Ghana and positively influenced international media reports.

The country attracted a number of celebrities in 2019, including model Naomi Campbell, actor Idris Elba, comedian Steve Harvey, and American rapper Cardi B.

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And the government said the equivalent amount of media attention and PR – if paid for – would have cost about $3.5m.

Mr. Simons told BBC News: “As a public relations and advertising feat, it was very impressive.

“In that regard, I agree that it has been a success.”

 

Source: BBC News

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

COVID-19 will be defeated in 10 Days – Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah

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Prophecy: COVID-19 Will Be Defeated In 10 Days from Today – Apostle Evans Tawiah

As the world grapples with managing and finding a lasting solution to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Evans Yaw Tawiah has prophesied the defeat of the virus in ten (10) days.

The Apostle of Souls for Heaven Ministry, based in Koforidua in the Eastern Region revealed yesterday in a Facebook post, that the novel COVID-19 will be a thing of the past in 10 days.

“God has answered our prayers. In 10 days, COVID-19 will be a thing of the past. Keep on trusting God,” he posted.

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The Apostle of the gospel, who also doubles as the owner of the Koforidua based radio station, Emak 97.7 Fm in an exclusive interview with www.asiwomewrites.com further stated that the defeat of COVID-19 which is in 10 days, starts from today, Monday, March 23, 2020.

“The Lord told me (Apostle Evans Yaw Tawiah), in 10 days, starting from today, COVID-19 will be defeated.”

He, however, cautioned that times are evil and called on all to come to Christ because we are in the end-time.

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Apostle Tawiah urged every Ghanaians to partake in the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo’s call for the nation to fast and pray on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

He also appealed to the general public to take all precautionary measures and the directives given by the Ghana Health Service and the president respectively.

 

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COVID-19: Singapore Set Aside S$1.6 million For Arts And Culture

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SINGAPORE: About S$1.6 million will be set aside for the arts and culture sector as part of support for the community amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and to prepare the sector for “post-disease recovery”, announced Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng on Friday (Mar 6).

“We want cultural performances to continue during this time as the arts inspire us and lift our spirits, as long as necessary precautions are in place. This is what MCCY (Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth) agencies and institutions – including NAC (National Arts Council), NHB (National Heritage Board) and PA (People’s Association) – will commit to, where possible,” he said in his Committee of Supply speech.

“We also want to encourage arts and culture practitioners to take this opportunity to develop their capabilities and better position themselves for the future.”

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Part of the S$1.6 million will include a subsidy of 30 percent for venue rental and associated costs for arts and culture activities from Mar 7 to Jun 30.

This will be applicable at national cultural institutions such as the Esplanade, Arts House Limited venues, and the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre.

In addition, the National Arts Council will provide a one-time, enhanced capability development grant for individuals and arts organizations.

The aim of this grant, which will open to applications from Mar 16, is to promote upskilling and organizational capability development, said Mr. Baey.

These two initiatives are part of the Stabilisation and Support Package announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat during his Budget speech. The package was introduced to help stabilize the economy amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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“Arts groups and practitioners, including those who enjoy subsidized rentals under NAC’s arts housing scheme, can benefit from both initiatives,” said Mr. Baey.

The Package includes a training support scheme for self-employed persons, who will be paid S$7.50 per hour as training allowance when attending eligible programs.

NAC will continue working with SkillsFuture Singapore to curate arts and culture courses for arts freelancers to complement existing initiatives like the Arts Resource Hub.

“We encourage all eligible arts and culture professionals to tap on the available measures, including subscribing to the Arts Resource Hub, which is free, and prepare themselves for the post-COVID-19 upturn … We encourage arts practitioners to support one another during this time,” Mr. Baey said.

Source: Channel News Asia

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Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

The annual Kwahu Easter and all other activities associated with it has been called off by the Kwahu Traditional Area

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Following the directives from Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana on the novel Coronavirus – COVID -19 outbreak, the Kwahu Traditional Area has called off the annual Kwahu Easter celebrations.

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In a release dated March 16, 2020, and signed by Samuel Tuffour, registrar of the Kwahu Traditional Area, one week, forty days observation and funerals in Kwahu must be on hold indefinitely.

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Kwahu Traditional Area Has Called Off Kwahu Easter Celebration

 

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