Africa-Press – Ghana. Deputy Ghana High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ireland Rita Tani Iddi has assured organisers of the Sekondi Takoradi Christmas City Project that the High Commission will help push the project to earn the global recognition it seeks.
She commended the organisers for the sterling efforts in turning good attraction to the masquerade festival and now “your desire to send it global.”
The Deputy Ghana High Commissioner gave the assurance after the project lead of the Sekondi Takoradi Christmas City Project Charles Cobbina presented her with a 2023 masquerade uniform and cups of the Iron Fighters masquerade group.
It is the wish of the organisers of the project that the deputy Ghana High Commissioner will become an ambassador and help rally support and the necessary attention for the project in the United Kingdom.
Her Excellency Rita Tani Iddi who is a long standing fan of masquerade parades recounted her days at the Holy Child Training College where she used to see the spectacular displays of masquerade groups in the Sekondi area and was happy the parade has been sustained for decades and with several modifications.
She is therefore confident that the decision by the organisers to seek the support of the High Commission is “a good decision as it will open a lot of doors because we will put it on the front burner.”
“I look forward to the edition that will be held here in London or anywhere in the UK,” she said.
On his part, Head of Chancery, Peprah Appretwum suggested that in the not too distant future, organisers should consider running activities for Ghanaian children born in the United Kingdom for them to know that their roots have a beautiful culture and an enduring spirit.
Project Lead of the Sekondi Takoradi Christmas City Project Charles Cobbinah said the decision to seek the support of the High Commission sits with the fact that “we want the project to gain an official endorsement and acceptance.”
“We are well aware of how far the project can travel should the High Commission decide to take a lead role in our collective efforts to sell the masquerade parade and its attendant activities to not just our brothers and sister here but to the entire UK community.”
“It is therefore heartwarming to hear that you have taken special interest in this forward march. I will go back to Ghana on this high note knowing that we have your full support.”