The Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA) will host a reception and an African heritage-themed dinner at the Mövenpick Emporium in Accra on Friday, June 23, to signal the closing of photographer, Mr. James Barnor’s Homecoming exhibition on Friday, June 30.
The exhibition was launched as part of HACSA's celebration of the 60th anniversary of Ghana's Independence. It depicts the remarkable life of Ghana's first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, and social life in 1950s and 1960s Ghana and London.
The photographic exhibition has been running since March 6, at the Mövenpick Emporium where it was jointly opened by HACSA's founder and president, Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier and Lord Paul Boateng of House of Lords in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Barnor, Nkrumah's official photographer who celebrated his 88th birthday this month, flew down from the UK where he lives, to attend the launch of the exhibition and the African diaspora Homecoming Conference organised by HACSA, to mark Ghana's 60th independence anniversary.
Apart from using photography to retell transition stories of Ghanaians and Africans in the diaspora, Ambassador Svanikier has indicated that the exhibition's other purpose is to bring attention to the critical need for funding the preservation and archiving of national heritage and cultural materials.
HACSA seeks to raise funds from both the public and private sectors and individuals to assist in digitising, archiving and exhibiting the work of photographers and filmmakers in Ghana and the diaspora.
The African heritage-themed fund-raising dinner will feature a talk by the award-winning writer, lvor Agyeman-Duah on the pre-publication of 'Death of an Empire - Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana and Africa' a 250- page book published by the Africa World Press in the United States and by Digibooks in Ghana.
The book, edited with an introduction by Agyeman-Duah and written by his uncle, one of Nkrumah's Cabinet Ministers, KSP Jantuah, is slated to be launched on Nkrumah’s birthday, September 21, by HACSA and other partner organisations.
Musical entertainment for this special evening of African heritage and culture will be provided by M.anifest.