As part of its preparations for the centenary celebrations in August 2022, The Salvation Army-Ghana Territory organized a music festival in Agona Duakwa with the theme: “Christ our goal, yesterday, today and forever “.
The competition had nine divisions, but only six were present: West Akim Division, Accra Division, Central Division, Koforidua District, West Division and Efutu Ewutu Gomoa.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Dr. Samuel Amponsah, Territorial Commander of the Salvation Army-Ghana, said the music was meant to “calm our hurried minds, encourage our troubled hearts and strengthen our weary soul”.
To reap such benefits, Ghanaians must adopt a responsible lifestyle that projects and enhances peace and development in the country, he said.
He cited political stability, security and cooperation as examples of responsible behavior, which are the ultimate ingredient for peace and prosperity.
To prepare for the big celebration, the Salvation Army donated nose masks, hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment (PPE) to various institutions.
The Salvation Army is an international movement in 126 countries and an evangelical branch of the universal Christian church founded in 1865 in the East End of London by William Booth.
King Hudson Amoako Atta, a native of Agona Duakwa in the Central Region, introduced the Salvation Army to Ghana, then known as the Gold Coast, in 1922. As a result, 2022 marks 100 years since its inception in Ghana.
In the music festival competition, Accra division won with 81.5 points, Central division came second with 79.75 points and Koforidua district came third with 78.5 points.
They received certificates of participation and merit. Major Asare Bediako Tawiah, Territorial Music Director, congratulated the participants and encouraged them to pursue their musical dreams.
Madam Janet Odei Paintsil, Chief Executive of Agona Eastern District (DCE), urged The Salvation Army to establish more projects in the region to demonstrate that Agona Duakwa was the first town in Ghana to be featured in the ‘Salvation Army.
“Agona Duakwa currently has a hospital and a primary school, but I would like to see a secondary school and other amenities to make life easier,” she said.