The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, has mentioned that it’s common data that Kente can be utilized to generate revenue and employment for the weavers, dyers, merchants and designers who’re concerned within the manufacturing and distribution of Kente material.
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By supporting the Kente trade, he mentioned chiefs and elders can contribute to the financial empowerment and well-being of their individuals, in addition to protect and promote a novel artwork kind that’s acknowledged globally.
“Perhaps essentially the most acquainted use of Kente in chieftaincy is how it’s used to reinforce the dignity and status of conventional authority, as it’s a signal of royalty, knowledge and management.
“By wearing Kente, chiefs and elders demonstrate their status and influence in society, as well as their commitment to serve their people with honor and integrity. Kente can also be used to mark important occasions and ceremonies, such as festivals, coronations, funerals and weddings, where chiefs and elders play a vital role in maintaining social order and harmony,” he mentioned on the at Kente Festival Gala Night within the UK
Below is his full handle…
Greetings to all of the distinguished visitors, organizers and contributors of the 2023 Kente Festival within the United Kingdom. I’m honoured to be right here right this moment because the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs of Ghana, representing the Government and the individuals of our beloved nation.
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I’ll like to precise deep appreciation to the Mayor of Luton, her Royal Highness Maria, who continues to host this regal occasion every year. Acknowledging that a lot of the festivals carry collectively associates and households within the Diaspora and Ghana collectively to have fun, showcase and respect our wealthy tradition, I say Ayekoo for all you do. The socio-economic significance of this occasion that promotes unity and encourages commerce between nations and communities can’t be over-emphasized.
I want to congratulate the Ghanaian Society right here within the UK, the MEGAAF Foundation, the AKO and the National Commission on Culture for his or her efforts in organizing this Festival, which seeks to advertise our Ghanaian indigenous Kente cloth and different handmade Ghanaian merchandise.
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This Festival will not be solely a celebration of our wealthy and numerous tradition, but additionally a platform for showcasing our creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship to the world.
Kente is greater than only a material. It is a logo of our identification, historical past, heritage and a manifestation of our values, beliefs and aspirations. It is a product of our collective knowledge, ability and artistry. Kente is a present from our ancestors who wore it with ardour, pleasure and goal. Kente is a legacy that we should cherish, protect and go on to our future generations. Kente can be a supply of inspiration and alternative. It conjures up us to be taught from our previous, to understand our current and to check our future. It gives us an opportunity to harness the heritage and evolving nature of Kente in commerce and tourism. It permits us to create worth, generate revenue and enhance livelihoods as it’s a catalyst for development and empowerment.
I’m dedicated to supporting the expansion and sustainability of the Kente trade in Ghana and overseas. I’m additionally devoted to fostering peaceable co-existence and nationwide improvement by way of the promotion and regulation of chieftaincy and spiritual establishments. I consider that Kente as a cultural and non secular expression can play an important position in enhancing social cohesion, concord and tolerance amongst our numerous individuals. A couple of days in the past, I introduced to Ghanaians my plan of eliciting inputs from most people in the direction of the event of a complete National Policy on Religion with the purpose of making an inclusive and tolerant non secular atmosphere for social cohesion and peaceable co-existence.
One of the alternatives of Kente in faith is that it may be used to have fun and honor the variety of faiths and traditions that exist on this planet. I’m conscious that Kente is worn by individuals of various religions to point out respect and appreciation for one another’s beliefs, in addition to to acknowledge the commonalities and variations that enrich humanity. I additionally consider that Kente can be used to advertise interfaith dialogue and cooperation, as it might probably function a visible reminder of the necessity for concord and peace amongst completely different non secular teams.
Another alternative of Kente in faith is that it may be used to reinforce and enrich one’s personal non secular apply and expertise. Kente might be worn as a logo of devotion, gratitude, or prayer, relying on the colour and sample chosen. Where I come from, Kente colours and patterns are related to particular attributes of God, similar to knowledge, power, or mercy. Wearing Kente may help one to attach with these divine qualities and to manifest them in a single’s life. Kente can be used as a software for meditation, reflection, or worship, as it might probably assist one to give attention to the sacred facets of life and to understand the wonder and creativity of God’s creation.
As I’ve enumerated a number of alternatives of Kente within the Religious sector, I have to additionally contemplate related alternatives inside the chieftaincy sector. Historically, Kente has been used to showcase the variety and unity of Ghanaians, as every Kente design has a selected which means and historical past that displays the values and beliefs of a clan, family or neighborhood. By carrying Kente, chiefs and elders can categorical their affiliation and solidarity with their individuals, in addition to their respect for his or her ancestors and traditions.
It is widespread data that Kente can be utilized to generate revenue and employment for the weavers, dyers, merchants and designers who’re concerned within the manufacturing and distribution of Kente material. By supporting the Kente trade, chiefs and elders can contribute to the financial empowerment and well-being of their individuals, in addition to protect and promote a novel artwork kind that’s acknowledged globally.
Perhaps essentially the most acquainted use of Kente in chieftaincy is how it’s used to reinforce the dignity and status of conventional authority, as it’s a signal of royalty, knowledge and management. By carrying Kente, chiefs and elders show their standing and affect in society, in addition to their dedication to serve their individuals with honor and integrity. Kente can be used to mark vital events and ceremonies, similar to festivals, coronations, funerals and weddings, the place chiefs and elders play an important position in sustaining social order and concord.
While at this, I’ll prefer to enchantment to the UK Government to facilitate visa acquisition to gazetted chiefs and topics to allow them attend and take part totally in such occasions. In similar gentle, based mostly on ‘Homecoming’ initiatives of Government’ it’s hoped that in future, the contributors will journey to Ghana to witness our wealthy festivals in numerous cities and areas.
I urge you all to affix me in celebrating and supporting the 2023 Kente Festival which is a testomony to our resilience.
Thank you all on your consideration.
Hon Stephen Asamoah Boateng