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Preserving culture: Most people bearing local names don’t understand them, its sad – UER Tourism boss

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Wisdom Ahadzie, the Tourism Authority’s Upper East Regional Director, feels disappointed that many Ghanaians, who have native names, do not understand what their names imply.

Mr. Ahadzie, speaking with Mark Smith on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show, explained that bearers of native names must take it upon themselves to find out what their names mean and whether they suit their purpose in life or not. 

“I made it a point that when I meet people and ask their names, I make it a point to ask what the names mean. I can tell you that more than 90 percent of the people do not understand the name they bear. Why?”

“Why are you walking, and you are called by a certain name, and you do not know what it means? So I ask: You don’t even know whether it is a curse on you or not. For some, it may be that the parents themselves are not aware,” he said. 

On Monday, April 17, 2023, the media outfit’s flagship programme, the Day Break Upper East Show, had a conversation dubbed, “Preserving Upper East Regional Culture: What We Need to Know.” The programme empanelled Wisdom Ahadzie, the Upper East Regional Director of the Tourism Authority; Pamphilio Kuubesingn, the Upper East Regional Director of the Centre for National Culture; and Prisca Naambome Yenzie, the Upper East Regional Director of the Museum. 

Mr. Ahadzie explained that it is essential that culture be learned and inculcated thoroughly into the lives of all. He couldn’t understand why many people had shunned their identities. 

“If I know where I am coming from and where my colleagues are coming from, my colleague’s behaviour would no longer surprise me. I would not be offended.”

“Culture is even a way of uniting us so that we would not have conflicts,” he said. 

Meanwhile, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Creative Arts, has commended A1 Radio, a subsidiary of Agreed Best Communication Ltd., for leading a regional discourse on the preservation of regional culture. 

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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