President Akufo-Addo has ushered in the Christian festive season by switching on the first lights of the Christmas trees at the Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel in Accra, ABC News can report.
The annual Christmas Tree lighting event organized by the hotel was held Sunday, December 1, 2019.
Accompanied by musical performances by soloist and music groups, the three-hour ceremony brought together Minister for Tourism, Barbara Oteng Gyasi, Gender Minister, Cynthia Morrison, Members of Parliament, Officials of the Diplomatic Community, Traditional Rulers with their royal entourage, business heads, commercial leaders and some celebrities.
Delivering a welcome address at the event, General Manager of the Hotel, Mr Manish Nambiar, indicated that the trees represent a beacon of light among families and friends who are celebrating the festival and also spreads goodwill among their communities.
‘Today is a very special day for us as we celebrate our fourth Tree Lighting Ceremony. The lighting of our evergreen Christmas tree is a symbolic way to begin the festive season. These trees stand as a beacon of light, as we celebrate with family and friends and spread goodwill to our community,” he stated.
Among some of the groups who performed at the event were the Accra Youth Sinfonietta Orchestra, Kinder Paradise Choir, and students from Lincoln Community School and Roman Ridge School. British classical pianist and composer Panos Karan delivered a stellar show as he performed ‘Keys of Change’.
See below some pictures from the event: