The Department of Music and Dance in collaboration with the Directorate of Public Affairs (DPA) has organised a virtual musical concert to promote peace in the 2020 elections.
The programme dubbed “UCC: in Harmony for Peace” featured performance by the Central Vocal Ensemble (CEVEN) and poetry recital by Kwame Dampare. Cladded in traditional costume of the various tribes in Ghana, CEVEN gave a stunning rendition of patriotic songs to drum on the peace message.
Opening the programme, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Prof. Kwame Osei Kwarteng, entreated Ghanaians to maintain the peace the country had enjoyed over the years. He noted that elections must not divide the country rather Ghanaians must be united to elect a leader who would help to develop the country. “We need to take lessons from conflicts in some countries as a result of electoral violence. Let us not repeat the mistakes of these countries and go through what they experienced,” he cautioned.
The Central Regional Minister, Hon. Kwamina Duncan, who was represented by Mr. Blessed Kwame Darkeh, commended UCC, especially the Department of Music and Dance for organising the concert to create awareness on the need to live in peace and harmony as Ghanaians go to the polls in December, 2020. He said the country has had peaceful elections in the fourth republic and there was no cause for violence in the upcoming elections.
The Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South, Kweku Ricketts-Hagan, Oguamanhen, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, representatives from Ghana Union Movement (GUM) and the National Peace Council also gave peace messages at the programme which was streamed live on the University’s social media platforms.