Celebrated Hiplife musician, Okyeame Kwame, has praised the leadership of former President John Agyekum Kufuor and described his presidency as one that instilled national pride in the Ghanaian youth.
In the estimation of the multiple award-winning musician, the introduction of the National Friday Wear by President Kufuor in 2004 has not only bolstered the local textile industry, but also instilled national pride in the Ghanaian.
“As a creative person,” he said, “many were the initiatives that President Kufuor put in place to position Ghana ahead of other countries on the continent. “But the one that really touched me, is the President’s Special Initiative (PSI) he started in 2004; and that was when he asked Ghanaians that on Fridays, we should put on our African wears,” he said.
Okyeame Kwame touted the designation of Fridays for African wears as a worthy cause that the current president, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo, and successive governments should build upon.
“President Kufuor started said Fridays, Nana Addo should add Thursdays, and whoever will come after him can add Wednesdays; until we wear our Ghanaian-ness every day,” Okyeame Kwame added.
Okyeame Kwame made those splendid remarks at the launch of a fundraiser for the John Agyekum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation. The fundraising drive is meant to raise GHC 80 million to support projects which the JAK Foundation is currently undertaking, including building a leadership center at the Legon campus of the University of Ghana.
Okyeame Kwame is one few of celebrities engaged by the Foundation to use their influence to help raise the said amount. He will lead a team of great musicians who will organize a major concert this year to raise funds towards the Foundation’s activities.
Founded by President Kufuor, the JAK Foundation is an independent and non-profit institution dedicated to the promotion and sustainability of Ghana and Africa’s development. It is inspired by the founder’s passion for practical and sustainable development and aims at advancing effective leadership, good governance and socio-economic development.