Ghana will on 26th August, 2016 witness the first ever Diplomatic Comedy Show at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC).
Dubbed ‘Let Ghana Laugh’ the show will bring together the leadership of all 24 registered political parties especially, Presidential Candidates of political parties contesting the December 2016 Presidential elections to promote national unity and the spirit of togetherness before, during and after the elections.
Despite the fact that Ghana is celebrated for its political stability since the return to democratic rule in 1992, evidence points to a very polarized society on political grounds.
As the country draws closer to the heat of political campaigning, many are of the considered view that Ghana’s politically polarized environment will be exacerbated, if nothing is done to reduce the tension that is being mounted on a daily basis. Others are looking up to the National Peace Council or even the Electoral Commission, for peace before, during and after the general elections.
The show therefore aims to bring together leadership of political parties to laugh and build bridges and reduce political tension.
Laughter, experts have argued, decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibiotics, thus improving one’s resistance to disease. The specialists further argue that laughter triggers the release of endorphins, which are body’s natural feel-good chemicals. In their view, endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pains. Laughter thus reduces stress.
‘Let Ghana Laugh’ is a tailor-made high profile Comedy Night that seeks to bring to Ghana top comedians in Africa to meet Ghana’s frontline politicians and the diplomatic community, CEOs, civil society organisations and cross section of Ghanaians at the AICC for a moment of REAL laughter.
This concept will use laughter and humour to reduce the mounting tension and build bridges among top politicians and their supporters, while promoting oneness before, during and after the November general elections.
The show is spearheaded by CIBDev Consult Ltd under the auspices of the National Peace Council. Let Ghana Laugh is being coordinated by National Security and State Protocol, with general law and order and safety to both lives and property on the day, provided by the Ghana Police Service
Artistes billed to stand on stage are Klint, The Drunk from Nigeria and DKB from Ghana. The Armed Forces Band and the Winneba Youth Choir will administer patriotic songs of Ghana.
The show will be chaired by the Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, Chairman for the National Peace Council, supported by the Speaker of Parliament and the Chief Justice. Other high profile dignitaries that will be attending the programme, according to the organizers, are former President Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor.
Throwing more light on the event, Mr. John Bosco Tieyiri, the National Coordinator and Chief Consultant on the project, said “this event is Ghana’s first and Africa’s biggest diplomatic comedy show, which will bring all key stakeholders in this elections together.”
Responding to where people can get tickets for the programme, he said tickets are currently available at all NIB Branches, Vision 1 Fm, GBC Outer Reception, Marina mall, WestHill Mall, Airport Shell and at AICC.
He called on corporate Ghana and the donor community to support the budget of this important event.
Source: Government of Ghana