- The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has embarked on a GH¢2,000,000.00 fund raising campaign for Bible translation
- The aim is to ensure that the Bible is translated to all Ghanaian languages by 2025
- Otumfuo will be working together with the Ghana Institute of Linguistics and Bible Translation (GILBT) and Bible Society of Ghana on this project
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has embarked on a fund raising project to support bible translation in Ghana, YEN.com.gh can report.
The fundraising campaign is part of a project aimed at obtaining the requisite financing for the translation of the Bible into all Ghanaian languages by 2020.
This was disclosed at an event held in Kumasi, according to a report by Myjoyonline.com.
The project is dubbed “Operation Cover the Land; Completing Bible translations in Ghana - vision 2020”.
The Asantehene, will be assisted by Ken Ofori-Atta, the finance minister, and Reverend Dr Kwabena Darko, to establish a financial Patrons’ platform to help raise a targeted amount of GH¢2,000,000.00 for that purpose.
Rev. Dr. Kwabena Darko, who was at the event, said translating the “Holy Book” into all the dialects spoken in the country was essential for the growth of Christianity in all cultures and traditions while also taking the gospel of Christ to every corner of the country.
He said the translations would be done by both the Bible Society of Ghana and the Ghana Institute of Linguistics and Bible Translation (GILBT) within the framework of partnerships with the local churches, which would lead to a great transformational impact.
The project will commence with the translation of 10 Ghanaian languages that have no scriptures at all, which are Anyin Awutu /Afutu, Chakali, Chala, Abron/bono, spoken by some ethnic groups in the Western, Central and Northern Regions.
Rev. Dr. Darko said the Bible Society had also started work in these languages: Cherepon/Kere, Dwang/Bekye larteh and Jwira/Pepesa.
He said the Old Testament translations would be done for languages that already had the New Testament translation. They are Adele, Hanga, Hausa, Mamprusi, Avatime, Nkonya, Sisaala paasaal and Nawuuri.
For his part, the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has predicted that Ghana will be blessed immensely when this Bible translation project is completed.
“The heavens would be opened on the country if this project is successful. I urge all to put their resources into the project,” he said.
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