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<email@example.com> Some weeks back there was a thread here regarding the controversy concerning the use of Ghana's "slave castles" for the purposes of tourism, and specifically the knotty problem of the Ghana authorities' dealing with complaints from African American tourists about these structures not being accorded due respect. The article I have appended below is perhaps relevant to that discussion. It is a report posted on the Internet version of the "Ghana Dailies" (http://www.ghana.com/republic/dailies.html), taken specifically from the _Ghanaian Times_ of 9 Sept. 1996. I would draw your attention to the comments of Regional Minister Akyianu regarding the annual Fetu Afahye held in Cape Coast (in origin a typically Akan first fruits festival); he calls for "commercialization" of the festival as it now forms "part of the tourist industry." Assuming this to be an accurate report of his comments, it strikes me as a most revealing statement of the current Ghana government's attitude not only towards the country's cultural festivals but towards its historical structures as well. OGUAA ROUNDS OFF FETU AFAHYE A colorful durbar of chiefs, "Asafo" companies and people from all walks of life was held here at the weekend to round off this years fetu Afahye festivals of the people of Cape Coast. This year's festival was dedicated to Old Boys and girls of Cape Coast Schools....Speaking at the durbar, Mr., Sam Valis Akyianu, the Regional Minister called for the commercialization of the festival as a means of earning revenue for development of the Cape Coast municipality. He explained that the festival formed part of the tourism industry and therefore, no aspect of it should be allowed to be photographed without the payment of fee. The regional Minister pointed out that environmental cleanliness was a bed fellow of tourism and urged "Asafo" companies and other identifiable groups in the municipality to play effective roles in in keeping the municipality neat. The Regional Minister pledged 100 bags of cement on behalf of the regional Coordinating Council and Cape Coast Municipal Assembly towards the palace project. Nana Afer Twako VI, acting president of Oguaa traditional Council spoke about the problem of accommodation at the University of Cape Coast and appealed to the business community and individuals who had the means to contact the university authorities for land to put up hostels for the students. Nana Twako appealed to the Municipal Assemblies to consider investing part of its share of the District Assemblies Common Fund in that area.