QADDAFI IN KUMASI!

Posted on June 20, 2011

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The other day I was at the National Cultural Centre here in Kumasi to drop off a letter to the Regional Manager of the Ghana Tourist Board. More on the letter soon. From there, I decided to browse around the fascinating shops.

Well, how I laughed when I entered the ATAG (Aid To Artisans Ghana) shop/gallery! There on a wall were many wonderful painting, but it was one that caught my eye immediately!

QADDAFI

So what is so funny? Well ATAG, a local NGO and non-profit organization creating employment opportunities for local artisans, was and perhaps still is a USAID supported initiative. USAID helped establish shops around the country so artists could market directly their creations directly to the public without going through middle men and women.

In fact, way back in 2002, Charity and I had the pleasure of attending the opening of this very shop where Moummar’s portrait hangs. Here’s the report that appeared in Edition Two of our VILLAGE NEWS:

ATAG Represented at Kumasi Cultural Centre * December 30, 2002
Charity and Chris had the pleasure of attending the official opening of the new “Aid to Artists Ghana” (ATAG) centre and facilities that display and sell classy, unique African crafts. Our hats go off to USAID for their steady support of ATAG since 1991. USAID also won the Ghana Tourist Board national award for “Institutional Support to Tourism”.
FOUR VILLAGES INN is the “home” of USAID personnel on personal or official business in Kumasi. Director Sharon Cromer writes in our guest book, ” “I’M BACK AGAIN-CAN’T STAY AWAY!”
Should you wish to visit the ATAG centre and store, we will pleased to take you for a small fee that we will probably spend in the shop!

And a second connection are the four camels Colonel Qaddafi had airlifted from Libya straight to Kumasi in November 2009. They were a present to Otumfuo, the Asantehene Osei Tutu the Second, who subsequently donated them to the Kumasi Zoo.
Madinghana has already posted an item on the Kumasi Zoo and the camels….here’s the mention dated January 24, 2010:

CAMELS AT KUMASI ZOO

So much could be done…there is a plan for corporate adoption of animals to relieve the burden of feed and upkeep off the Ghana Wildlife Service, the governing body. Barclay’s Bank has adopted an eagle. Four Villages is thinking of adopting the camels sent to the Asantehene, Paramount Chief of the Akan People by Qadhafi of Libya. Now that would sure upset the head of the African Authority…..

I am sorry to confess that madinghana never did follow-up on that adoption idea…

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