On January 24, Solidaridad West Africa, the National Executing Agency for the DGM Ghana project, announced Okyeame Kwame as its Climate Change Ambassador. Okyeame Kwame is a talented Ghanaian musician who has been inspiring creative difference since 1997 when he debuted onto the Ghana music scene.
Solidaridad's Regional Director, Isaac Gyamfi, said Okyeame Kwame will help drum home the impact of climate change and hopefully move the public to take responsible action to fight the global phenomenon. He will also be instrumental in developing appropriate jingles to educate the public, engage with media and reach out to school children and communities on land use and climate change. “Climate change actually affects everybody, and it should be the concern of all to take appropriate actions toward its fight”, said Mr. Gyamfi.
On his part, Okyeame Kwame expressed his appreciation to Solidaridad for the opportunity he has been given to support the fight against climate change. He said climate change, if left unchecked, could wreak havoc on the livelihoods of poor farmers as it alters rainfall and impacts crop yields. He bemoaned the current rate of deforestation and forest degradation in Ghana and called on the media to spotlight this phenomenon as it threatens human survival.
Mr. Hayford Duodu, the Chairman of DGM Ghana's National Steering Committee, expressed optimism about Okyeame Kwame’s ability to make a difference in the fight against climate change, noting that the artist's popularity in local communities would boost climate awareness and make a meaningful impact.
Ms. Suzan Yemidi, Country Representative of Solidaridad Ghana, commended Okyeame Kwame for his selfless interest in climate awareness, offering his support on a pro bono basis. She extolled the artist’s respected brand and image and hoped that it could help bring about critical change in halting deforestation and improving the livelihoods of local communities.
SOURCE: Bossman Owusu, Solidaridad West Africa