RASTAFARI COUNCIL CELEBRATES 85TH ANNIVERSARY OF CORONATION OF HIM HAILE SELASSIE I
Leading political activist Kwesi Pratt Jnr has called on Ghanaians to rededicate themselves to the ideals of Pan Africanism of African Unity and development espoused by Pan Africanists like Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Emperor Haile Selassie I and other eminent Pan Africanists. Mr Pratt Jnr was speaking at a Symposium organized by the Rastafari Council of Ghana to mark the 85th anniversary of the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia.
Kwesi Pratt Jnr who is an avid Pan Africanist bemoaned the current situation where it appears the African has lost his sense of identity and appears to be at a loss in the current global scheme of affairs. He urged the gathering to be mindful of the ideals of our Pan African forbears and ensure that we contribute our quota to the development and manifestation of Pan African ideals and aspirations.
Speaking on the theme ‘The Contribution of Rastafari to Pan Africanism’ Mr Pratt catalogued the contribution of reggae musicians like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and others to the African Liberation struggle and urged the current generation of Rastafarians to ensure that they contribute their quota.
Other speakers at the function included the deputy President of the Rastafari Council of Ghana, Mervin Palmer aka Aswad Nkrabeah who spoke about the role of the Rastafari Council of Ghana. He enumerated some of the work of the Council which included the establishment of the Black Star Line Cooperative Credit Union and advocacy work for the rights of Rastafarian workers and students among others.
On his part, Ras Nash Laryea the Organizing Secretary of the Council narrated a brief history of the Rastafari movement in Ghana dating back to the Ahomka Wo Mu days of the 1960s.
In his opening address, the President of the Rastafari Council of Ghana Ahuma Bosco Ocansey aka Daddy Bosco said the Council decided to have the symposium for a discussion of the Pan African antecedents of Rastafari.
This year’s celebration of Coronation Day was preceded by a musical concert on Saturday October 31 at the Rising Phoenix former Akuma Village. The show featured reggae stars like Blakk Rasta and the Herbalist Band, Knii Lante and the Big Hills Band with guest performers Yasmeen, Fiifi Selah, Ras Bumba, Jahwi and Osagyefo.
SOURCE: AHUMAH BOSCO OCANSEY
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS, MUSIGA