The former President John Agyekum Kufuor has lamented that the Western lifestyles adopted by the youth is eroding the Ghanaian identity.
He observed that some Ghanaians are unable to express themselves in the local dialects adding that they dress and behave like the Westerners which doesn’t depict the country’s culture.
Mr Kufuor charged Ghanaians especially the youth to appreciate the African way of life.
Speaking during the opening of a three-day AU Arts Festival at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra last Friday, where he was honoured, he asserted, ‘It seems we have lost our identity because when you meet some young people, you can’t tell if they are Africans or Westerners. We are lost because we don’t appreciate and don’t want to be identified with what we have as a people’.
Malaika Media and OK Communications organised the arts festival in partnership with the JAK Foundation honoured the President with the title ‘Agorohene’ for his contributions to the arts.
Over 40 young and talented artists selected from across the country exhibited their paintings and achievements of Mr Kufuor.
Activities lined up for the year-long celebration of the 80th birthday of the President who is now 79-year-old include: celebrity walk on Saturday, June 16, 2018, a musical concert in September, a football match in October between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko, a gala night and thanksgiving service in December.
Hiplife artiste Okyeame Kwame is ambassador of the JAK foundation.