Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat, is expected in Ghana at the weekend as a special guest at the formal inauguration of Bisa Aberwa Museum at Notompo, Sekondi, in the Western Region.
Sources close to the Board of Trustees of the Pan African museum disclosed in Accra Thursday that Mr Mahamat, who is former Prime Minister of Chad and has been AU Commission chair since March 2017, may be accompanied by his Ghanaian Deputy Chairperson, Mr Thomas Kwesi Quartey.
The inaugural ceremony itself will be performed by the First Lady of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo on Sunday, July 28. Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, the Diplomatic Corps, traditional rulers, heads of state institutions and the private sector have been invited.
The Bisa Aberwa Museum, created by Mr Kwaw Ansah, one of Africa’s most respected award-winning filmmakers, founder and first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TV Africa Limited, is dedicated to preserving the history of the Black Race, promoting African values and celebrating Pan African heroes.
The museum is created to be one of the largest sculptural representations in clay, wood, cement, paintings and photographs of personalities whose sacrifices have shaped African history, both within the continent and the diaspora.
It has about 2,200 artefacts, sculptural pieces and photographs of heroes of the African struggle and the African American Civil Rights Movement as well as other Black personalities in the French, Portuguese and Spanish Caribbean.
Speaking at a Media Preview at Nkotompo ahead of Sunday’s opening, Mr Kwaw Ansah, who chairs the museum’s 12-member Board of Trustees, said: “Africa has made contributions to world civilisation and we ought to tell our story.”
About Africa’s history related to slavery and colonialism, Mr Ansah said “on display at Bisa Aberwa are artefacts that are a reminder of the struggle of the Black race, our culture and belief system.”
Meanwhile, the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), has extended an arm of co-operation to the international museum, seen by many as a major tourist attraction.
Justifying the GTA’s interest, Mr Akwasi Agyemang, CEO of the Authority, told newsmen after a tour of the facility at Nkotompo, that “Bisa Aberwa is a welcome addition to Ghana’s heritage resource.”
He described the museum as “ingenious, creative and rich in its curation and depiction” and congratulated Mr Kwaw Ansah “for once again blazing the trail.”