On Friday, 21 February 2020 another edition of Sanegbaa by the Bureau of Ghana Languages to commemorate 2020 The Ghana National Commission for UNESCO International Mother Language Day is set to come off.
This year all indications gathered proves that the festival would be bigger and better than it was last year! The festival planned to be bigger and better than it was last year has a lot of wonderful segments.
One of such segments is an exclusive Conversation with the Ghanaian Music legend, Nat (ive) Amandzeba Brew on how he has been successful using Ghanaian Languages in the production of his music to the admiration of the world.
Nat Brew, popularly known as ‘Amandzeba is one of the greatest Ghanaian musician who was honoured last year during the maiden edition of ‘Sanegbaa’.
He is known for his amazing soundtracks as Wo Gbe jeke, Biako, Dede, Mereko among others. He is one of the few who have presented the beautiful Ghanaian languages to the world through beautiful music. His session at the festival is at 12:00 noon and is open to everyone.
Like last year, the 2020 Sanegbaa will begin at 10:30 am with screening of films well produced in the Ghanaian languages and then be followed up with a Master class by the ace actor and Chairman of the National Film Authority, Mr David Dontoh, on the topic “Effective Use of Ghanaian Languages in Ghanaian movies”.
After, participants of the festival will be engaged with different traditional games, folk tales, folk music, riddle & proverb contest. There will also exhibition/sales of materials produced in the Ghanaian languages, workshops on how to write and read in the Ghanaian languages, launch of a book (of translated poems of Prof. Lade Wosornu into 13 Ghanaian Languages) and a grand conversation on the theme ‘Importance of Ghanaian Languages In Broadcasting & Elections’.
The Special Guest of Honour for the day will be Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi (Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture) while Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo (Head of Accra The Ghana National Commission for UNESCO) be the Chairperson. Other dignitaries who will be at the festival include Hon. Dr Ziblim Idi (Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture), Nana Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng (former President of Ghana Association of Writers, former Chairman of National Media Commission and currently Chairman for the Pan African Writers Association Steering Committee), Mrs Ama Serwaa Nerquaye-Tetteh (Secretary-General of the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO), Mr Ernest Boateng (Board Chairman of the Bureau of Ghana Languages), Prof Kofi Anyidoho (Poet/Senior Lecturer, University of Ghana), Dr Clement Appah (Senior Lecturer, Linguistics Department, University of Ghana), Prof Lade Wosornu (Poet and retired Surgeon), Prof. Kofi Agyekum, Dr. Samuel Awinkene Atintono (Principal of Accra College of Education among others.
Performances for the day will include drama by the Obra Akan Drama group, poetry performances by different spoken word artistes, storytelling, puppetry, cultural dance performances among others.
The venue for the festival remains the premises of the Bureau of Ghana Languages behind the 37 Military Hospital, Kawukudi, time, 10:30 am and date, Friday, 21 February 2020. Entry is free. Supporters of this year’s edition are the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO and Yumvita. For more information, one can contact +233 244 174 908.