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AMA partners IOM to create COVID-19 awareness through art

AMA partners IOM to create COVID-19 awareness through art

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Okaikoi North Municipal Assembly (ONMA) as well as the European Union ( EU) Delegation to Ghana organized an outdoor art exhibition under the Achimota Overpass to raise awareness about the prevention, safe migration and solidarity of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the region.

AMA partners IOM to create COVID-19 awareness through art

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Speaking at a brief ceremony in Accra on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Chief Executive Officer of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, stressed the need to change people’s attitudes towards accepting and adopting safety protocols, adding that it was for this reason that the Assembly embraced the idea of using art to educate city dwellers to prevent the spread of the virus.

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“Today we are using art to communicate the message so that people can change their attitude. I would like to say that Accra still remains the epicentre of the virus. It is very crucial to know that every life is important, ” he said.

Collaboration is part of the assembly ‘s activities to use art to communicate the vision of the city. We launched the Accra for Art project some two years ago and planned some areas for painting in Accra, so we decided to change the idea of educating people on the respective protocols.

AMA partners IOM to create COVID-19 awareness through art

According to H. E. Ambassador Diana Acconcia, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Ghana, said in a comment that the graffiti works speak of hope, tolerance, love and solidarity and explained that the idea was to use art to sensitize citizens, noting that “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

She expressed her appreciation to AMA and ONMA for providing space and Ghana Graffiti for showcasing their talents, adding that “these talents and effective young artists are an inspiration to other young people willing to do anything for their communities and their country.”

Therefore expressed her joy at playing a part in spreading the message of hope through street art and was optimistic that these images would go a long way to prevent the spread of the virus, ensuring that the IOM would continue to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of irregular migration and COVID-19.

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