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WONNGYE STREET ART – The Oil City’s Urban Art Festival

Sekondi-Takoradi, one of the most influential cities in Ghana in terms of creativity has officially welcomed its first annual urban street art known as WONNGYE STREET ART.

Someone may ask what took the city so long to have a full blown event or occasion to celebrate and exhibit arts in various forms, but the answer would not rip off other forms of exhibitions and celebrations which have in the past been organized but not so broad to cover what is actually going to happen on the weekend of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd November, 2020.

The likes of Masqueraders festivals popularly known as ANKOS which have been organized over two decades have all been proving a point of how the Twin City has a very rich culture. There is a museum that contains lots of arts exhibited in various forms located at Sekondi known as The Bisa Abrewa Museum which is the brainchild of Mr Kwaw Ansah, one of Africa’s most respected award-winning filmmakers. Jawuley Arts Festival also came into existence last year and made some great efforts to depict what the city has to offer.

But as the city continues to grow, there have been introduction of other forms of arts which appeal to the growing youth population and the older folks at large. Such diversity needs to take it full shape to educate, inform and entertain the people thereby the birth of WONNGYE STREET ART.

This first of its kind art festival has various elements to make it a full body of works. These elements include Music Performances with more touch of rap or Hip-Hop, Graffiti, Painting (pencil and pen), Fashion, Modeling, Skating/skateboarding, Photography, DJ-ing, MC, Dance, Spoken word/Poetry, Sculpturing and other forms of Multimedia works.

“WONNGYE” as a Sekondi-Takoradi term means “Exciting, Exquisite or One of a Kind” and other positive words was chosen as the name for the street art because of how unique the term is used in the city. The event was launched a month ago to call for artist of various forms to apply to exhibit or perform their skills or talents on a bigger venue or platform at the premises of western region’s ultra-modern shopping centre, Takoradi Mall. The event is put together by the centre management of the Takoradi Mall and powered by an event power house called Spiritual Android.

A team consisting of great minds in persons of Kwame Legend, Ralph Menz, Nii, Tailor Rahim, Derek Ato Sey, Amblac, Quophi Twum and Ruth Amoah dedicated their time, ideas and skills to put up this first ever event to be organized in the region.

The theme is to celebrate urban arts with root of Hip-Hop culture that suits the people of Sekondi Takoradi. It also embraces other forms of arts having the old folks in mind.

This event is a three day weekend exhibition and celebration with each day having set of activities happening at the same time or concurrently. WONNGYE STREET ART is making use of both the car park and the hallways of Takoradi Mall for performances, exhibitions and celebrations.

Takoradi Mall is one of the most visited and spacious places in the region and thereby is a perfect venue for people to come and get entertained, informed and educated about arts. This event also called upon The Dean of Takoradi Technical University’s School of Applied Arts and Technology which has massive pool of talents to be part of the occasion so people can also learn some other areas of arts such as the multimedia which during the event will be doing live demonstration of projects.

Professor Acquaye who received the invitation by the organizing team did not hesitate to his immense help by mobilizing the various departments of Takoradi Technical Univeristy to represent and brought in some materials as well.

Spots for performances in terms of music, Dj-ing, Spoken Word and Poetry have been booked by well-known artistes from the region like Nemisis Loso, The Twonship, Qwesi Flex, Bobo Dada Bee, J. Sam, Shola Baybe, DJ Paa Kwesi, DJ Cuebeatz, DJ Brusky, Mac Abraham etc. to keep the excitement going on with seasoned master of ceremonies like Yao Mawutor Fianu, Mr Cupid, Kwodwo Freestyle, Ferggy, Elikem etc. Great graffiti and paint artists like Ian Kwakye, Nana Yaw Ananse, Amoako Gh etc are all onboard to showcase their skills. Fashion shops like UK Brands, CEDA De-ventures, Nakus Fashion House, Easy Prime, Stefelzi Crochet Gh and D.O.K Handmade have provided set of wears for the amazing models who will be doing runways in the hallways of the Takoradi Mall.

Dancers and Dance Groups like Tetrics Dance Family, Chocolate Cliff, Tawa Mayne, Ray Aseda, Made To Dance, Afro Kerlite and Skateboarders all came to exhibit and entertain audience at the venue.

WONNGYE STREET ART is here to stay and hoping to make it an annual event to celebrate arts from the region in various forms in the month of November.

With the current situation of Covid-19, all protocols would be observed during the various activities to ensure the success of the event.

So if you are in Sekondi – Takoradi, the Western Region or any part of the country and you are looking for a place to be for all the fun during this weekend, then Takoradi Mall with wide variety of products and services is the place to be.

CREDIT: Kwame Legend

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