Ghanaian President announces landmark deal to build world-class WEB Du Bois museum complex



Ghanaian President announces landmark deal to build world-class WEB Du Bois museum complex

The museum will provide Ghana with another important monument in the collective struggle of the African peoples to secure their rightful place in this world

NEW YORK, United States of America, September 22, 2021 / APO Group / –

HE Nàna Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, has announced his intention to build a state-of-the-art museum complex honoring the legacy of world-renowned black intellectual and civil rights pioneer, Dr. WEB Du Bois as an important symbolic monument.

“The museum will provide Ghana with another important monument to the collective struggle of African peoples to secure their rightful place in this world,” President Akufo-Addo said in his remarks ahead of the signing of a historic partnership agreement between the government. from Ghana and the WEB Du Bois Museum Foundation ( branch in Ghana. The signing took place in New York, where the headquarters of the American foundation is located.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the Government of Ghana by the Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance of Ghana, and Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Japhet Aryiku, executive director of the foundation in the United States, and Humphrey Ayim-Darke, board member of the WEB Du Bois Museum Foundation, Ghana, signed for the WEB Du Bois Museum Foundation.

“Sir. Mr. President, let me reassure you of our commitment to make your beloved Ghana a hub of Pan-African research and heritage tourism,” said Daniel Rose, President of the WEB Du Museum Foundation. Bois, launching the ceremony Rose is a leading philanthropist and real estate developer with close ties to Ghana.

The Du Bois Memorial Center in Accra, where Dr Du Bois and his wife, Shirley Graham Du Bois, are buried, opened to the public in 1985, but in recent years has required additional upkeep and maintenance. Two years ago Rose and two members of the foundation’s board of trustees, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., professor at Harvard University and eminent scholar of Dr. Du Bois, and Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor at New York University, whose father had worked with Dr. Du Bois, approached President Akufo-Addo about transforming the Du Bois Memorial Center into a world-class living museum for academics and heritage tourists.

The partnership agreement will authorize the WEB Du Bois Museum Foundation to build a multi-million dollar museum complex ( to preserve the legacy of Dr. Du Bois over a period of 50 years. The complex will be designed by Sir David Adjaye, renowned Ghanaian architect and designer of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC

The Foundation’s goal is to realize the full potential of the Du Bois Museum as an international treasure and historical memorial honoring one of the most important and revered dark voices in world history. The ambitious project includes a museum, library and reading room, reception hall, outdoor auditorium and amphitheater, conference space, guest house for visiting researchers and the renovated bungalow where Dr Du Bois lived and worked until his death. The complex also includes a memorial pavilion, housing the remains of Dr. Du Bois and the cremated ashes of his wife.

Dr Du Bois, who was a confidant of Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, became a citizen of Ghana and resided in the country until his death in 1963. While living in Ghana, Du Bois planned to build a unified ancestral home for Africans in the diaspora. around the world.

President Akufo-Addo called on Africans in the Diaspora to follow in Du Bois’s footsteps by making Africa their home and contributing to the continent’s development through the government’s “Year of Return” and “Beyond” campaigns. return “.

“The ‘Beyond the Year of Return’ campaign promotes economic empowerment and encourages members of the diaspora to come to Africa to invest, live and do more to uplift the continent,” said Japhet Aryiku, Executive Director , WEB Du Bois Museum Foundation. Aryiku, a Ghanaian American with over 40 years of experience in American business and the philanthropic community, was inspired from an early age by Du Bois’s writings and ideals.

Other speakers at the ceremony included Kwame Anthony Appiah, novelist and professor of philosophy and ethics at New York University and board member of the WEB Du Bois Museum Foundation; and guests included Hon. Shirley Aryorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs, S. E Hajia Alima Mahama, Ambassador of Ghana to the United States, Akwasi Agyeman, CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority and Humphrey Ayim-Darke of the Du Bois Museum Foundation, Ghana.

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