Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo has called for support to construct the National Cathedral of Ghana.
He made the call on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.
Prior to the launch of fundraising for the National Cathedral of Ghana, on December 28, 2018, the President made a personal donation of $100,000, a demonstration of his commitment towards the building of the Cathedral.
The National Cathedral of Ghana when constructed will have an auditorium with a seating capacity of 5,000 and with its chapels and baptistery.
The National Cathedral of Ghana is designed by Sir David Frank Adjaye, the British architect who was the lead designer of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
According to Mr. David Adjaye, the National Cathedral of Ghana has been designed to be a genuine reflection of the art and culture of the people of Ghana.
He described the high pitched and staggered roof as similar to the Akan’s architecture and the frontage will be concave and decorated with timber with a semblance of Ashanti royal stools.
The launch was welcomed by the Most Reverend Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral of Ghana.
On behalf of the Trustees and the co-opted members, the Archbishop expressed gratitude to the President for his faith in their experience and expertise. He concluded his welcoming remarks charmingly in various Ghanaian dialects.
Mr Steven Green, the Founder and Chairman of the Museum of the Bible gave a rendition of how his rich experience and knowledge were solicited during the initial planning of the building of the Cathedral and could not be more grateful.
He stressed on the importance of such an edifice and the need for rallying support of the President’s vision.
Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States of America, His Excellency, Dr Baffour Adjei-Bawuah, described the President as an honourable man, a man who has an intensity of intent for his vision in his introductory address.
The Ambassador assured the enthusiastic guests about the President’s dream and said: “The dream he is handling is not personal but national.” He further reminded that “the Cathedral will not be anybody’s parish church but a nation’s parish church, a place to go to and make a submission on behalf of oneself and the nation, its everybody’s home.”
Ambassador Dr Adjei-Bawuah again said the yet to be constructed National Cathedral of Ghana ought to stand as a monument of God’s graciousness to Ghana.
The President began his remarks at the launch with a deep appreciation to the Board of Trustees, Steven Green and the high number of people who had graced the occasion as a sign of immense support for the construction of the Cathedral.