OFFICIALS OF GHANA STATE BOOK PROJECT TEAM VISITS SOUTH AFRICA
Two officials of the Ghana State Book Project namely Mr. Isaac Botchway, Lead Researcher, and Mr. David Dontoh, Director of Communications, paid a working visit to South Africa from 7th – 12th October, 2017, as part of an initiative to link Ghanaians in the Diaspora to its roots, through the organization of a Ghana State Book Diaspora Forum.
Ghana State Book Project (formerly Ghana History Book Project) was created in 2007 to undertake intensive research to publish State Books which will contain all traditional histories of Ghana. The project aims to create a comprehensive historical reference book for each traditional State, in all the ten (10) regions of Ghana.
As part of the exercise, the project seeks to link Ghanaians in Diaspora to their root, and to educate Ghanaians abroad (both adults and children) about their history and culture, hence the Ghana State Book - Diaspora Forum. The Forum aims at participation of the Diaspora in the production of State Books in Ghana, a Diaspora State Book Project, and also a Ghana Culture & Tourism Forum in Diaspora.
The Ghana State Book Project has successfully produced five State books, namely, Awutu State Book, Techiman State Book, Offinso State Book, Hwidiem State Book and Tepa State Book. The remaining 275 State Books to be produced are scheduled to be completed within ten (10) years.
South Africa was the first destination for the Diaspora Forum, and the officials took advantage of the Ghanafest SA programme which was held on 7th October 2017, to launch its activities. Thereafter, a town hall meeting was also organized for a cross-section of Ghanaians in Pretoria on 8th October, 2017.
A Committee of Ghana State Book Diaspora – South Africa, made up of volunteers and one representative of the High Commission, was inaugurated by Ghana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, H.E. Mr. George Ayisi-Boateng on 11th October, 2017. The officials also presented a copy of the Offinso State Book to His Excellency the High Commissioner.