Government to turn Osu Castle into a museum

Government to turn Osu Castle into a museum

The government of Ghana is set to transform the Osu Castle into a museum that would house education for leadership and governance for Ghanaians.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture says the Osu Castle will be converted into a leadership and governance museum.

The minister, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, noted that her outfit will give the castle the appropriate attention aimed at transformation.

Significant partners are said to be coming on board to elevate the place and make it more attractive to both local and international tourists.

This, Oteng-Gyasi believes, will fetch money for the people of Ghana.

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The minister made her office's intentions known during a familiarisation tour to some tourist facilities in Accra in preparation of this year's celebration of PANEFEST and Emancipation Day, as well as the year of return.

The minister visited the Kwame Nkrumah Museum, the Osu Castle and the DuBois Centre.

Oteng-Gyasi said it was important to keep these sites in shape as most tourists who would visit Ghana during these periods might visit such places, saying: “It is paramount for tourists to have good impressions about our sites, so that they go back with fantastic reports in order to also drive in more tourists."

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She said there were certain issues in the industry that require legal action, and that she was working on finalising certain recommendations in the Creative Arts bill that were made by cabinet and would be resubmitted to get approval and pass same.

She mentioned that it was the arts and culture that drive tourism, and there was a need to focus more on them, in order to drive more tourism into the country.

The Osu Castle, formerly Christianborg, was built by Danes in 1661. It housed them, as well as other Europeans in later years, and their trading goods too.

In 1961, it became the official seat of Ghana's government until 2007.

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