The Ghanaian Head-of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong opened the country's National Youth Festival on Saturday (2 August), in Accra.
GV PAN Independence Square
GV Acheampong motorcade arriving
SV Eastern region tribesmen
SV Acheampong out of car, ??? and onto rostrum
GV & SV Guests and officials including Shirley Temple-Black, U.S. ???
SV Acheampong unveils flag and goes back to rostrum (2 shots)
SV & CU Torch being lit (2 shots)
SV Schoolchildren march past and Acheampong takes salute (2 shots)
GV Man on stilts and dancers (2 shots)
SV Acheampong watching
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Background: The Ghanaian Head-of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong opened the country's National Youth Festival on Saturday (2 August), in Accra.
Colonel Acheampong, who is also the chairman of the National Redemption Council (N.R.C.), called the festival a landmark in the programmed to mobilise the nation's youth.
Thousands of schoolchildren, students, dancers and tribesmen attended the festival opening with government officials and diplomats, who included the United States Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Shirley Temple-Black.
Colonel Acheampong marked the opening by unveiling a National Youth flag. A torch was also lit to symbolise the festival. Then schoolchildren, followed by a man on stilts and dancers, marched past in a grand parade.
SYNOPSIS: Independence Square in Accra, Ghana where the country's National Youth Festival was launched on Saturday.
Ghanaian head-of state, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong arriving to carry out the official opening ceremony. He told the assembled tribesmen, schoolchildren and students, that the festival was a landmark in the programme to mobilise the nation's youth to aid the country. The festival involves various activities in the arts, culture and sports.
The guests included the United States Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs Shirley Temple-Black.
Colonel Acheampong inaugurated the festival by unveiling a National Youth flag. He said later that Ghana abounded in all kinds of talents and abilities. And added that opportunities must be provided for the nation's young people to use their skills. A torch was also lit to symbolise the aims for youth by the country's ruling body, the National Redemption Council. Colonel Acheampong said identifying the abilities of the young had not always been ??? adding that redressing this was a major aim of the festival.
Colonel Acheampong paid tribute to the National Youth Committee who, with various other organisations had organised the festival. He said young people had not been assembled merely to take part in festival events. The significance of the festival went ??? beyond it. The central point was the pole of youth in Ghanaian society and the development of the nation.