Cape Coast (C/R), Sept. 6, GNA – Dr Aquinas Tawiah Quansah, Central Regional Minister, said there was the need to encourage the youth to obtain entrepreneurial skills to create their own business as a way of tackling the rising unemployment and social vices.
“In this era of severe global economic challenges which have resulted in high unemployment, people who have creative talents could harness them since they have the advantage of overcoming challenges of unemployment,” he said.
Dr Aquinas said this at the launch of the African Music and Dance (Afrimuda) Foundation in Cape Coast, under the chairmanship of Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII, President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of Abeadze Dominase Traditional Area.
It was on the theme: “Empowering the Youth for Accelerated Economic Development through Arts and Culture”.
Dr Acquinas said one of the main visions of the Government under the leadership of President John Mahama was to create jobs for the youth who are the future leaders adding; “any attempt by individuals or groups to pursue such a vision is welcome, appreciated and encouraged.
He said the Creative Arts Industry had been identified globally as an area of immense economic and social advantage and entreated people, especially the youth, who had such talents to enter into the industry to make them self-reliant.
Mr John Kuubeterzie, Founder and Director of the Foundation, said the name AFRIMUDA was an acronym for African Music and Dance that had been established for the vulnerable youth which was to empower them to withstand the challenges that may confront them in this contemporary society.
He said establish in 2013, AFRIMUDA could now boast of 32 members who were undergoing training with the various departments to meet the aims and objectives of the foundation.
Mr Kuubeterzie, who is also a performing artiste, said the foundation members went through vocational skills like batik tie and dye production, sewing and fashion designing, videography and graphic designing, and music and sound production technology to obtain some vocational skills alongside the performing arts section which was their core medium of attraction.
He, therefore, appealed to corporate bodies, philanthropies and other institutions to support them financially and to acquire other relevant equipment such as sewing machines and computers to enable them to run their training programmes successfully.
Daasebre Kwebu Ewusi VII commended the founders and all those who in diverse ways supported the foundation and expressed the hope that they would continue to guide and assist the foundation to achieve its objectives.