The Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA) will host a reception and African heritage-themed dinner on Friday the 23rd of June to highlight the imminent closing down of 'the James Barnor Homecoming Exhibition' on the 30th of June, 2017.
This pioneering exhibition was launched as part of HACSA's celebrations 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 60s Ghana and London amongst the African Diaspora.
The photographic exhibition has been running since 6th March 2017 at the Mövenpick Emporium where it was jointly opened by HACSA's Founder and President Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier and Lord Paul Boateng of Akyem and Wembley of the UK House of Lords who is a member of the Ghanaian Diaspora in the U.K.
Mr. James 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 Anniversary.
Also in attendance was the actor Hugh Quarshie of 'Star Wars' fame and Mrs. Lisa Mensah former Under Secretary of State for Rural Development for President Obama.
HACSA is developing an initiative entitled – 'Closing the Circle' aimed at connecting Africans in the Diaspora with Africa.
Apart from using photography to retell transition stories of Ghanaians and Africans in the diaspora, Ambassador Svanikier has indicated that the exhibition's further 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 sector 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 event at the Mövenpick Emporium made possible with sponsorship from Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited, 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 US and locally by Digibooks in Ghana.
The book, edited with an introduction by Agyeman-Duah and written by his uncle, the last of Nkrumah's cabinet ministers, KSP Jantuah is slated to be launched on Nkrumah's birthday on September 21st by HACSA and other partner organisations.
Musical entertainment for this special evening of African Heritage and Culture will be provided by M.anifest, the internationally acclaimed, award-winning musician.
There will be an interactive exhibition and sale of heritage and cultural products at the same venue open to the public to help fund the exhibition.
Tickets for the African heritage-themed, charity fundraising event can be purchased from Unit 1, HACSA Exhibition Office, Mövenpick Emporium or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HACSA 'James Barnor Homecoming Exhibition' runs every day until the 30th of June at the Mövenpick Emporium from 9am to 6pm. It is free to the public.