GHANAOn February 5 2014 the 42nd IVU World VegFest to be held in Ghana from the 1st of October to the 6th 2014 gathered more momentum as the Vegetarian Association of Ghana officially launched the event in a special briefing for the media in Accra.

The event held at the International Press Center was well attended and received coverage worthy of an event which would be the first of its kind on the African continent. The chairman of the occasion a distinguished gentleman, Mr Akunu Dake, a vegetarian himself who also happens to be the Chairman of the Ghana Tourist Authority ably steered the affairs of the press briefing.

Special Guest Mrs Samia Nkrumah who also happens to be the daughter of Ghana’s first president – Dr. Kwame Nkrumah also graced the occasion and spoke passionately about the need for the media to play the important role of carrying the message of the event to all corners of the country and well beyond. She has led the campaign against the adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the country.

In his welcome address the Secretary of the Vegetarian Association of Ghana Mr. Emmanuel Awunyo said “In recognition of the work we have done over the past nine years to promote the adoption of a plant based diet in Ghana, I am delighted to inform you that the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) has selected Ghana out of Africa as the next host of the 42nd World Veg Fest”

Later this year from October 1 - 6 Ghana, which happens to be the closest country to the geographic center of the earth shall say “Akwaaba” or welcome, to many vegetarians from across the globe. It will also be a fantastic opportunity to awaken the minds of thousands of Ghanaians and Africans who may not know that following a plant based diet is the best way to eat to live.

The size of the Vegetarian Association of Ghana is growing however there is still a need for more members and the media is an important partner in helping to sensitize the general public on the benefits of the plant based diets. The IVU World Vegfest comes at a most important time when there is a critical need for realistic interventions to overcome some of the frightening health challenges facing communities not only in Ghana but across the continent and indeed globally. Next month, the Vegetarian Association of Ghana will host a fundraiser to engage key stakeholders on the upcoming event.

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