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First Phase of Ghana’s Bonwire Kente Museum Launched

The Second Lady, H.E Samira Bawumia, commissioned the first phase of the Bonwire Kente Museum, a project aimed at promoting the rich culture and history of Kente weaving in Ghana.

The museum, which was constructed by the Ghana Tourism Authority under the Ghana Tourism Development Project, is located in Bonwire, a town near Ejisu in the Ashanti Region, where Kente is believed to have originated.

In her address, she reiterated the government’s commitment to boosting tourism in Ghana.

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“This project is important to the government, this is part of our support to Ghana’s heritage and culture. The vision of the NPP government is to help boost tourism with the establishment of such projects” she said.

The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture. Mark Okraku Mantey  Also added that the museum would serve as an educational hub to showcase Ghana’s cultural heritage.

“In a world that’s rapidly evolving, it’s crucial that we safeguard the traditions that made us who we are. The Kente Museum would serve as an educational hub, offering insight into the history, significance, and intricate techniques of kente weaving. It’s our responsibility that the story and skills encapsulated within these vibrant journeys are passed down to future generations.”

He further praised the initiative as a way of boosting tourism, creating jobs, and increasing revenue for the country.

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“This museum has the potential to boost tourism in the region. Visitors from around the world will be drawn to witness the craftsmanship firsthand, creating economic opportunities for the local community and contributing to the broader tourism sector,” he stressed.

The chief of Bonwire, Nana Bobie Ansah II, acknowledged the government’s commitment to ensuring the project’s completion.

“This museum is a living testament to our rich history and bridges our past and future. It also elevates our arts story and community to the world stage ensuring our legacy thrives and is inspired” he said.

The commissioning of the Bonwire Kente Museum is part of the craft villages circuit project, which also includes the Paga Crocodile Pond, Pikworo Slave Camp, Salaga Slave Market and Wells, Tano Boase Sacred Grove and the Denkyira Kyekyewere Eco Park, among others.

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