The Regional Cultural Center in Koforidua which was first built in 1964 by Kwame Nkrumah is NOW undergoing renovation works. Dr. Ziblim Zarri Iddi, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts, and Culture in September stated the Regional Cultural Center was 60% complete. In the Deputy Minister’s interview on Peace FM, he stated emphatically that work had begun on the auditorium at the cultural center.

On the contrary, background checks reveal that the performance center which received its first ever renovation works during the administration of John Kuffour in 2001/9 is currently being renovated ahead of National Festival of Arts and Culture – NAFAC which will be held in November.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Catherine Afeku was in Koforidua with her team to inspect the progress of renovation works on the Eastern Regional Cultural Theatre yesterday, Friday, October 19.

The Minister after her inspection of the center has expressed her satisfaction with the facelift the Koforidua Cultural Center is receiving, can report

“I must say I am impressed with the work done so far. The contractor has also assured me they are going to finish the project on time as Koforidua is getting ready to host this years National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC)”  she said

The Minister of Tourism, Mrs. Afeku also used the opportunity to reassure Ghanaians of the government’s commitment to pursuing the construction of new theatres in all 10 regions. She also reiterated the ministry’s position of making the Arts and Entertainment industry viable

“I want to use this opportunity to reassure Ghanaians that, the Ministry has not neglected the Art and Entertainment industry, but instead we are putting measures in place to make the Ghanaian industry a formidable and competitive one,” she added


During the minister’s visit, gathered the Koforidua Regional Theatre is about 90% complete and has a 1,500 sitting capacity. The theatre which is promised to be completed in 10 days will also house 20 Offices and a Recording Studio

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku will return in 2 weeks to inaugurate the theatre. She also promised to assist in completing 4 other theatres in Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi, and Ho

She is, however, expecting an exciting National Festival of Arts and Culture – NAFAC which will be graced by the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in November


Asiwome Tei-Mati |

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