Rev. Bro Pius Kweku Agyeman, SVD the Prolific Catholic Composer has been honored for His selfless dedication to music in the Catholic Liturgy and in other forms of music in Ghana.
Also in His honour, the maiden edition of Time with the prolific catholic composer, a singing competition among Catholic Basic School was held to unearth the unique talents of the pupils. Grace chorale international and Adehyemma Sacred Music Choral Group by Rev. Bro Pius Kweku Agyeman, SVD graced the occasion.
The program which was organized by the Catholic Education Unit in Partnership with Youth Link Ghana is under the patronage of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Rev. Bonaventure Kwofie, Cssp was dupped: Time With The Prolific Catholic Composer under the theme : Our Heritage Our Faith.
Most Rev. Bonaventure Kwofie, Cssp was appreciative of the hard work of Rev. Bro. Pius Agyeman SVD for being the first Class Composer in the church in Ghana. “He meant a lot to me even before I knew him” he said. The Archbishop of Accra urged the school children to discover their gift and use it to serve the society.
Hon. Ceclia Abena Dapaa, Minister for Sanitation & Water Resources stood in for H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, The President of the Republic of Ghana. She described the program as the first of its kind to celebrate a great man of music who specializes in the music that links to the African Heritage.
In an address, Hon. Ceclia Abena Dapaa said music is an expression of emotion and a way to connect with the spirit divine and that “music helps with the mastering of memorization” which is appropriate to helping children stay engaged and focused.
The Minister for Sanitation & Water Resources, Hon. Ceclia Abena Dapaa also described Rev Bro. Pius Agyeman SVD as a prolific dedicated musicologist whose special area is raising choirs and according to her it is only when you effectively link music to Heritage that people appreciate music”.
Very Rev. Fr. John K. Louis, praised Rev. Bro Pius Kweku Agyeman, SVD’s contribution to Catholic music in Ghana has been tremendous. He added that this event is a platform for fostering the development of musical talents in young people and to promote catholic values among pupils and students.
The Guest speaker Rev. Fr. Filton Mensah gave a background information of the prolific composer.
THE SINGING COMPETITION
Mrs. Josephine Assibi Asooh assured the people present of rich music from the pot of the Catholic Education Unit will feed their soul and that the winning school will take a trophy. She said this during a welcome speech she delivered.
The purpose of gathering was by Mr. Kwesi Yirenkye Boateng . He reiterated the need to serve others with the gift from God as faithful stewards to the glory of God.
The day which coincided with the birthday of the celebrant witnessed the overwhelming presence of Roman Catholic school children under the Catholic Education Unit.
The schools included: Christ the King R/C basic school, Corpus Christi R/C basic school, Cantonments, Corpus Christi R/C basic school, Sakumono, Mary Mother of Good Counsel R/C basic school, Jesus and Mary R/C basic school, Achimota, Ave Maria R/C basic school, Dansoman, Queen of Peace R/C basic school, Madina, St. Silvanus R/C basic school, Pokuase, St. Charles Lwanga R/C basic school, Abeka, St. Theresa R/C basic school, Kaneshie, Holy Child R/C basic school, Sakumono, St. Mark R/C basic school, Ashongman Estate and St. Francis Xavier R/C basic school, Kotobabi.
Each school choir took turns to sing the Africa compulsory song composed by Rev. Bro Pius Kweku Agyeman, SVD and two other optional songs. Certificates and souvenirs went to all participating schools.
St. Mark R/C basic school, Ashongman Estate was first place while St. Silvanus R/C basic school, Pokuase and St. Francis Xavier R/C basic school, Kotobabi took the second and third position respectively.
Special awards went to well danced choir- St. Silvanus R/C basic school, Pokuase and the best conductor of the choir went to St. Francis Xavier R/C basic school, Kotobabi
A citation and a birthday cake were presented to the birthday celebrant by the SRC of Catholic Institute of Business and Technology, Cibt.
A story by Juliette E. Manomey
Catholic Communication Office, Accra