Culture is critical to national development – Okyeame Kwame

Legendary Ghanaian musician, Okyeame Kwame, known for his thought-provoking lyrics and fusion of African cultural elements in his music videos shared his insights on the intersection of art, culture, and identity in a class lecture organised by Daniel Obeng Acquah lecturer at Department of Integrated Social Sciences, UniMAC-IJ in his Introduction to African World and Development class.

The lecture focused on his recent music video, “No Competition,” featuring Kuami Eugene which showcases vibrant African cultural heritage and symbolism.

Okyeame Kwame broke down the inspiration behind the song and video, highlighting the importance of celebrating and preserving African culture in modern art.

Through his presentation, Okyeame Kwame demonstrated how art can serve as a powerful tool for cultural expression and education. He encouraged students to embrace their cultural roots and explore ways to incorporate traditional elements into their creative pursuits.

The lecture was followed by an engaging session, where students had the opportunity to ask Okyeame Kwame about his creative process, cultural influences, and experiences as a musician.

Daniel Obeng Acquah was optimistic that the lecture will go along to instill in the students the spirit of African values me African consciousness.

He admonished the Ghana Commission on Culture to be more proactive in issues concerning African and Ghanaian cultural issues.

Present at the lecture was, Dr.Daniel Odoom, the Dean of the Faculty of Integrated Social Sciences.

He also shared his insights and urged other musicians to emulate Okyeame Kwame’s art to promote African culture.

Okyeame Kwame’s visit and the valuable insights he shared is a testament to the significance of cultural exchange and the role of art in shaping our understanding of the world around us.


Okyeame Kwame is a celebrated and and award winning artiste known for hit songs like Made in Ghana, Masan Aba, Bolgatanga Girl, Among other hit songs.

By: Harriet Addi | | Ghana

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