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The marking of Pan African Historical Theatre Festival

Posted by African Press International on April 13, 2007

Accra (Ghana) Ghanaian Tourism and Diaspora Relations Minister, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, Thursday said the country will provide a DNA map for Africans in the Diaspora to help them trace their origins in Africa as part of activities to mark this year’s Pan African Historical Theatre Festival(PANAFEST) , APA has learnt.

“Offering a DNA map, will enable those in the diaspora to take a DNA test and have the opportunity to reconnect them to their families in Africa”, Lamptey said when he launched this year’s PANAFEST and Emancipation Day celebrations to take place from 23 July to 1 August at Elmina, 130 kilometers southwest of Accra, the capital.

Lamptey said that most Africans in the diaspora were yearning to return to Africa and hence the map will be their guide whenever they chose to come back.

He said the PANAFEST celebration this year will honour some distinguished Africans in the diaspora who have excelled in the world.

Rabbi Kohain Nathanya Halevi, the Executive Secretary of PANAEST Foundation and main organisers of the event, said the Foundation has an obligation to restore the confidence, civilisation, arts and culture as well as the personality of Africans that were destroyed during the slave trade.

Ghana’s Central Regional Minister, Nana Ato Arthur, said PANAFEST and Emancipation Day should be used as a forum to share ideas in order to accelerate the socio-economic development of Africa.

He underscored the need for Africans to tap their human resources both at home and abroad so as to meet the challenges of modernisation.

PANAFEST is celebrated every two years in Ghana, and during which, Africans in the diaspora converge in Cape Coast and Elmina in the Central Region, where two castles served as transit points for transporting slaves from other countries in Africa in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the Americas, Caribbean and Europe.

The even gives a perfect opportunity to Africans to reflect on the inhuman episode that took place about 400 years ago.

Published by Korir, African Press in Norway, apn, africanpress@chello.no tel +47 932 99 739 +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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