Opening ceremony of Francophonie Festival 2018
To launch the celebration this year, an opening concert featuring Dominik Coco and the Kako band will be held on Saturday 10th March, 2018 at Alliance Française in Accra.
The Francophone embassies in Ghana and Alliance Française cordially invite you to the opening ceremony of the 2018 Francophonie Festival that will be held at Alliance Française on Saturday 10th of March in the presence of H.E Prof. Matthew Prempeh, Minister of Education and the Francophone Ambassadors in Ghana.
This year, Caribbean music sensation, Dominik Coco, accompanied by his Kako band from Guadeloupe will launch the festivities with an opening concert.
As every year, the Francophone Embassies in Ghana together with Alliance Française Accra are organizing various events to celebrate the Francophonie. Its cultural and linguistic diversity will be honored in a laid back and joyful atmosphere: concerts, a job application skills workshop, sporting events, film screening, debates, French competitions and a stand-up comedy.
The Francophonie International Day is celebrated on the 20th of March every year all over the world.
Since 2006, Ghana has had the status of associated member within the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF in French). The Francophone community in Ghana commends the tremendous efforts the Ghanaian government is making to improve regional integration through the development of the French language across the country. On the 1st of February, the Council of Francophone ambassadors in Ghana called on H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo at the Presidency. During the meeting, a number of proposals geared towards the development of French and La Francophonie in Ghana were tabled for discussion, among which were:
Building of international media partnerships with the Ministry of Communication
Continuous support for government’s initiatives in education and cooperation in pivotal sectors including culture, sports, security, economic relations and the public service.
The reinforcement of relations between Ghana and the International Organisation of La Francophonie through the establishment of a linguistic pact, Ghana’s accession to other OIF bodies such as the Francophonie Universities’ Agency (AUF) and the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), as well as the hosting of a major OIF event in the country.
Strengthening of Francophonie at the institutional level in Ghana
The Francophonie Festival in Ghana therefore represents a unique opportunity to meet francophone or ‘francophile’ persons and develop partnerships with the francophone communities.
The term “Francophonie” refers to all of the states and governments worldwide who share the French language. The International Organisation of La Francophonie, created in 1970, represents one of the biggest linguistic zones in the world. Its mission is to embody the active solidarity between its 84 member states and governments (58 members and 26 observers), which together represent over one-third of the United Nations’ member states and account for a population of over 890 million people, including 274 million French speakers.
IOF organizes political activities alongside the four main objectives which it has been assigned:
- To promote the French language, cultural and linguistic diversity,
- To promote peace, democracy and Human Rights
- To support education, training, higher education institutions and research
- To foster cooperation in favour of sustainable development.
Its head office is in Paris, France, with regional offices all over the world, including one in Togo.
Twenty-one (21) member countries of the OIF have a diplomatic representation in Ghana: Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Canada, Czech Republic, Congo, RD Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Gabon, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Lebanon, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Switzerland, and Togo.