The State, Ghana and its President awarded individuals who had distinguished services in various disciplines of national development, giving special recognition to 28 Ghanaians and five foreigners over the weekend.
15 personalities were honoured with ‘Companion of the Order of the Volta’, 5 decorated with ‘Officer of the Order of the Volta’, and 10 with ‘Member of the Order of the Volta’ – and as noticed by www.entertainmentgh.com – none, no ‘Order’, no ‘Officer’ or anything ‘Grand’ was given out to any member from the Creative Arts fraternity.
Recipients of the ‘Companion of the Order of the Volta’ were: John Henry Martey Newman, Nana Ato Dadzie, Professor Kwesi Botchwey, Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong, Ato Kwamena Ahwoi, Joseph Henry Owusu Acheampong, Dr Kwabena Duffuor and John Sackah Addo.
The rest in that category were: Lieutenant General Peter Augustine Blay (retd), Paul Tawiah Quaye, Major General Joseph Narh Ainkrah (retd), Mohammed Ahmed Alhassan, Samuel Vallis-Akyianu (posthumous) and Colonel David Gbon Zanlerigu (retd).
‘Officer of the Order of the Volta’ were: Ambassador Chris Kpodo, Professor Raymond Bagulo Bening, Osei Tutu Prempeh, William Kwadwo Asiedu and Michael Kofi Bansah.
‘Member of the Order of the Volta’ were: Ambassador Agnes Aggrey-Orleans, Dr Uma Sen, Miss Mary Steele, Sophia Gifty Awotwi, Justice Stephen Allan Brobbey, Professor Justice Samuel Kofi Date-Bah, Woeli Kwaku Kemevor, Naa Alhaji Salifu Dakurah and Worlanyo Kwadjo Siabi.
Henricus Johannes Maria Wienjes, Manfred Schroeder and Dr Christopher John Kirubi Ebs were awarded with ‘Grand Medals of the Order of the Volta’, while Dr Michael Roy Appiah was posthumously awarded the Grand Medal of the order of the Volta.
Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Parliament, also a recipient of the ‘Companion of the Order of the Volta’, on behalf of his colleagues commended President Mahama for the recognition of their performance in public service.
Members of the Creative Arts also missed out last year when 33 nationals were accorded various awards at a similar ceremony.
The first and last time, member(s) of the Creative Arts sector got national awards was in 2008, under President John Agyekum Kufuor when the likes of Agya Koo, Elder Mireku and others were awarded with ‘Grand Medals’ for their service to national development via the arts.