Takoradi – Ghana
Date and Time:
June 24, 2017 at 10:00am Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT)
Coordinator and choreography concept developer: Emmanuel Brace – An engineering graduate from the University of Kentucky with a masters in the natural sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. He collaborates with rural communities to explore ways to harmonize their methods of resource management and industrial processes with modern global sustainability policies and procedures. Currently, he consults in the international developmental sector.
History of Site and Related Water Issues:
Takoradi is located in the Western Region of Ghana. Historically, this location has been a vibrant economic hub. Between (approximately) 1481 and 1698, many forts were constructed along the coast of the then Gold Coast (now Ghana) including in proximity to this geographic location. These include Sao Antmoi in 1502, Orange in 1690 and Metalen (Metal Cross) in 1693.
Among the items traded were gold and ivory. The communities around the site of this performance comprises primarily the Ahantas, fondly referred to as the people who speak an idiomatic language.
Over the years, the vestiges of deliberate as well as involuntary sociocultural and economically inspired acts have dynamically manifested in inducing various vices which have had severe negative externalities in the area and arguably nationally. The social and environmental cost is certainly not one to write home about. An example of this sad manifestation is “galamsey”; a local term coined for illegal or unsustainable mining practices. This vice has taken a terrible toll on the water resources in the area and the public health implications are dire. The degree of water poisoning and environmental abuse for short term economic gains at the expense of future generations is disheartening.
- Traditional folk music indigenous to the locality.
- A national song titled Yen Ara Asaase Ni; this transliterates as “This is our land”.
- Musical poetry by P. Bentum III
This dance performance stems from a preliminary intent to raise awareness about this issue and contribute to efforts to ensure effective stakeholder engagement; with a specific emphasis on a “bottom up” approach
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