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NDPC plans historic museums in every town and city

Oct. 4, 2016, 8:15 a.m.

THE National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has announced its preparedness to collaborate with a renowned architect to design small historic museums in every town and city that engaged in the struggle against colonialism in the country. 

DrKwesiBotchwey, Chairman of the NDPC, showed the Commission’s preparedness to execute this agenda when he joined DrNiiMoi Thomson, Director-General of the Commission, Professor Atukwei Okine, a renowned poet and Nat NunooAmarteifio, former Mayor of Accra, to present a plague to the Ghanaian-born architect, David Adjaye, who designed the African American History Museum in New York, United States of America (USA).

The ceremony took place at James Town, a suburb in Accra.

According to him, areas like Usher Fort, James Town, Salaga and Cape Coast, among others, in the country played historic roles in the struggle against slavery and colonial rule in the early 1900s hence the need for the museums.

He said in so doing, these towns and cities will have the privilege to preserve their history for researchers to come and study about the struggle for independence of the continent.    

DrBotchwey said when news broke that the magnificent museum in New York was designed by an African, many international reports, including the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), mentioned that Daniel Adjaye was a British-born African in an attempt to claim glory over his achievements.

He admitted that when he drove pass the iconic museum a few days back, he wondered who designed it only to be told that the famous architect was a Ghanaian.

According to him, proper architectural planning will help address the congestion pertaining in some of the cities in the country.

He explained that the Commission duly recognizes the efforts of the renowned architect and hopes to collaborate with him to have some of Ghana’s city planning challenges addressed, adding that “David’s creativity for outstanding achievements in the design of the museum of history is next to none”.

Earlier, Prof Atukwei Okine in a poetic recital said the inauguration of the magnificent African-American History Museum in the month of September marks the birth of the designer as well as the birth of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, the Pan-Africanist and leader of the struggle to liberate Africa from the claws of colonialism. 

In a short remark, David Adjaye, said it brings him a lot of joy anytime he comes across young people discussing architecture, adding the he hopes to chalk more successes to encourage the young ones on the continent to venture into it.

He said architecture can translate so many things and also defines civilization and the mental states of people.