More than 500 delegates attending the Inter-Governmental Conference on African cultural policy in Ghana have been called on to work towards a cultural revolution to erase "harmful effects of neo-colonialism in Africa".
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Background: More than 500 delegates attending the Inter-Governmental Conference on African cultural policy in Ghana have been called on to work towards a cultural revolution to erase "harmful effects of neo-colonialism in Africa".
The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U.), Mr. Eteki Mboumoua, made the call on Monday (27 October).
He added that the O.A.U. had instituted a commission to reveal and rehabilitate culture on the continent in view of the role culture could play in the liberation of the masses.
The delegates -- representing member governments and associate members of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO) -- are attending the conference for 12 days. It is jointly sponsored by the O.A.U. and the Ghanaian Government.
Ghana's leader, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, opened the conference by urging the participants to ensure that the cultural development of the continent was planned as a deliberate programme which would rationalise the essential modifications that Africans wished to make in their cultural forms.
He said the aim of the conference should not be uncritical assertion and blind enthusiasm. It should be a conscious attempt to carry on those traditions that were ennobling and uplifting, while discarding those that had outlived their usefulness.
UNESCO's Director-General, Ahamadou M'Bow, also addressed the conference. He announced that UNESCO was launching or giving support to a number of activities on the continent. These include the study of the arts in African cultures and their influence outside Africa. These would be the subject of an international symposium to take place shortly.