Executive Director of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah, has advised archaeologists in Ghana to use the power of the media to educate Ghanaians on the importance of the discipline in heritage preservation.
“Most people don’t value it because they don’t understand. But I believe that, if we begin to do advocacy as people, as scholars so that people will understand what we do… then we will begin to attract then to us. Let us rise up, let us use the power of the media.” He said.
He explained that most policy makers and the average Ghanaian know nothing about the importance of archaeology because experts in the field have failed in advocacy.
He is thus advising them to utilize the media to change the narrative.
“As people and most especially as Africans, our identity is our culture and is in the hands of the Archaeologists and so if the people who hold identity keep complaining everyday then where are we going as a people. I think that let us begin to do our part of advocacy. Most of these people in power, mostly politicians do not understand what we cannot dispute that.” He said.
He was speaking at the 16th Colloquium of West African Archaeology Association under the theme “Archaeology and World Heritage Sites in West Africa” organized in the University of Ghana.
Story by: Dorothy Buatsi|universnewsroom.com