Selasa, 11 September 2012


Sallah Fest, a festival to bring Muslim communities together on a common platform, has been launched in Accra on the theme; “Sing For Peace”.

The festival, which is a concept created by the Nima Community and powered by EXP Ghana with support from Chapter O and the Vision In Progress (VIP) music group, is to celebrate the end of the 29 or 30-day fasting in the month of Ramadan.

Speaking at the launch, the Chief of Nima, Nii Futa, expressed his appreciation for the peaceful co-existence of Muslims and Christians in the community and the country as a whole.

He expressed concern about the challenges in Nigeria and emphasised that Ghana should serve as a role model for all Muslims and Christians nationwide by maintaining the mutual relationship that had existed over the years.

Nii Futa explained that this year’s festival would bring more Christians and Muslims together to strengthen the long-standing relationship they had.

He, however, urged all who would be involved in the celebration to give selflessly and ensure that the festival is successful.

Nii Futa also thanked the organisers for making it possible for the people in the Muslim communities to share the festive celebrations with neighbours.

For his part, the Head of Sponsorship and Media of EXP Ghana, Mr Elloeny Amande, explained that this year’s event would introduce the longest feast table ever in the country with a range of activities.

“As part of the celebrations there would be music, traditional drumming and dancing, horse riding activities and networking throughout the day and then it would be crowned with a concert in the evening hosted by VIP”, he said.

Mr Amande, said a 600-metre table which will feed about 10,000 on the Nima-Mamobi Highway would afford companies and individuals the opportunity to give back to the community.

He emphasised that the festival would demonstrate the commendable synergy that exists between the sectors in the varied and dynamic Muslim community.

He said the food would be cooked and served by women from the community with security being handled by the able-bodied young men in the community and  commended the untiring efforts of the elders and people of Nima in supporting the upcoming activities.

The Manager of VIP, Mr Bull Dog, said he was humbled by the support that the people of Nima had given to the group. He added that hosting the festive celebrations was their corporate social responsibility and promised to put up a good concert on the day of the celebrations.

The General Manager of Wilmar Africa Limited, Madam Fatima Alima Mohammed, in her address expressed optimism that this year’s celebrations would add to the exciting tourist attractions in the country.

She, however, urged the organisers to do their best to ensure that the celebration promoted the importance of co-existence and peace in the country.

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