HER EXCELLENCY AMBASSADOR GINA BLAY ATTENDS THE 8TH AFRICA YOUTH EDUCATION AWARDS IN HAMBURG
(H.E. Gina Ama Blay presenting the AYEA prize to Awardee)
Amb. Gina Blay embarked on an official trip to the city of Hamburg in Germany from 13 to 14th October, 2018 to partake in 8th African Youth Education Awards (AYEA), the Homowo, Asafofiam and Nmayem Festival; and a Cultural Sunday programme at the Amazing Grace Baptist Church.
Her Excellency was accompanied by the Deputy Head of Mission, Mr.
Samuel Dwamena-Yeboah, the Head of Consular Section, Mr. Kwadwo Addo,
and Ms. Miriam Aba Arhin, First Secretary, Political and Diaspora
Amb. Gina Blay delivering address at the AYEA
The annual event, which showcases the academic success of young African
youth in Germany, was attended by dignitaries, including the Mayor of
Hamburg-Mitte, Falko Drossmann and the Ambassador of Nigeria to Germany,
H.E. Maitama Yusuf Tuggar as well as a cross section of African and
German stakeholders, politicians, policy makers, civil society and the
media. AYE awards was organised by the Hamburg-based Ghanaian Radio
Station, TopAfric Radio. In all, ten students were awarded.
Speaking at the event, Amb. Gina Blay expressed gratitude to TopAfric
Radio for the invitation extended to her as a Special Guest of Honour.
She commended the organisers for their tireless efforts and
resourcefulness in sustaining this laudable initiative, for the past
eight years. She underscored the importance of education in the economic
transformation of the African continent, noting that it was against
that backdrop that various governments on the continent had made
education the cornerstone of their development agenda.
Blay mentioned that Ghana, in its efforts to do same, had embarked upon a
Free Senior High School Policy which took effect from September 2017.
She underlined that the aim of the policy was to ensure that every
Ghanaian youth, irrespective of their economic status, was given the
opportunity to acquire at least high school education in order to
contribute positively to national development.
congratulated all the awardees for their academic achievements and urged
them not to rest on their oars but to rather see the awards as the
beginning of new chapters in their lives to achieve even greater
heights. She also used the occasion to advise parents within the African
communities in Hamburg and throughout Germany to invest more time and
resources in their children’s education as they will reap immense
benefits in the future.
HER EXCELLENCY AMBASSADOR GINA BLAY ATTENDS THE HOMOWO, ASAFOTUFIAM AND NMAYEM FESTIVAL IN HAMBURG
At the invitation of the Kapsong Culture Association, GaDangme and Osu
Kpee Communities in Hamburg, Amb. Gina Blay and members of the Ghana
Embassy attended the Homowo, Asafotufiam and Nmayem Festival on 13th
October, 2018. The evening marked the celebration and showcase of the
rich culture and traditions of the GaDangme and Krobo tribes of Ghana.
In her remarks, the Ambassador commended the three organizations for
jointly organizing this historic festival to uphold their cultural
heritage even whilst abroad. As the festival marked the beginning of the
traditional year, the Ambassador wished the Chiefs and people
continuous success in their endeavours in the New Year.
HER EXCELLENCY AMBASSADOR GINA BLAY ATTENDS A CULTURAL SUNDAY PROGRAMME AT THE AMAZING GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH IN HAMBURG
As part of the Ambassador’s engagements with the Ghanaian Diaspora in
Hamburg, she graced the Cultural Sunday programme of the Amazing Grace
Baptist Church in Hamburg on 14th October, 2018, as the
Special Guest of Honour. The Amazing Grace Baptist Church is affiliated
to the Ghana Baptist Convention. The Cultural Sunday programme was
organized to portray the rich cultural values and customs of Ghana
through dance, songs and poetry. The theme for the event was captioned
“Making Impacts in the Multi-Cultural Context”.
In her remarks
at the event, the Ambassador apprised the congregation of her
activities in Hamburg the previous day –AYE Awards and the Homowo,
Asafofiam and Nmayem Festival. She attested that the aforementioned
events tied in with the theme of the service. In other words, the
academic achievements chalked by Ghanaian youth and the display of
Ghanaian culture at the festival were perfect exemplars of how Ghanaians
could make a positive impact in a foreign land. She therefore seized
the opportunity to encourage her compatriots to work assiduously to
raise the flag of Ghana in their various communities in Germany.
Embassy of Ghana, October 2018