A tweet from Ghana Tourism Authority has pissed rapper Edem off ahead of tonight’s Edemfest.
The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is said to be a major landmark marketing campaign targeting the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown Virginia.
While this major landmark for Africans in the Diaspora is to give fresh impetus to the quest to unite Africans on the continent with their brothers and sisters in the diaspora, Ghanaians are not entirely in the know of what exactly the Tourism Authority is doing to citizen who are expecting visitors.
It’s like you’re in your own country but you’re not welcomed to the party. But that’s just the normal Ghanaian way of playing politics with every national asset.
Ghanaian rapper Edem is already looking forward to cement his third year of his popular Edemfest this year.
While Edemfest 2019 is looking good so far with a tall list of top performers to rock the night, the festival is yet to receive any meaningful support from government.
In a post sighted by NetbuzzAfrica.com, the multiple award-winning rapper, Edem, has called out the Ghana Tourism Authority asking them to step aside with their loss face.
“You people will not support initiatives but would be quick to jump on the hype… Such a shame,” he tweets. (Tweet translated).
Edem’s tweet came after the GTA posted a long missive showing bogus support for Edemfest.
Festivals are one of the top activities to welcome visitors into any country that has less to offer in terms of tourism. And for Ghana, a country with enough bad roads to tour sites that could scare tourist and endanger their lives, supporting initiatives like Edemfest should be top priority for government as the festival is in lieu with the Hogbetsotso festival, an annual festival of the Anlo Community.
But as usual, the Tourism Authority in Ghana is hiding behind their two-day-old Year of Return Ambassador, Sarkodie, to act as if they are interested in pushing a national agenda with Edemfest.
Last year, over 30,000 audience were pulled at the 2018 edition of Edemfest and it’s likely the figures will double this year considering the attendance of Africa’s most soughtafter rapper Sarkodie, and the Ghanaian legend Obrafour, among many other top musicians listed for performance on the night of November 1, 2019, at Aborigines Beach in Keta.
Earlier this year, Edemfest won the Regional Event of the Year at the recently held Ghana Event Awards in Accra.
The theme for this year’s festival highlights on the “Year Of Return”, not just for Diasporas but also for fellow Voltarians who have for long not visited home to commune. Edemfest 2019 is also calling out the Non-Ewe community to also come to Volta Region and enjoy it’s rich tradition and tourism, amidst other key positive influences.