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Symposium and Workshop Held

A National Cathedral of Ghana symposium and workshop was held in Accra, Ghana on

October 18 - 20, 2021. The National Cathedral of Ghana, originally conceived by the

President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to address the lack of a

sacred space and infrastructure for the formal religious activities of the nation, such as

state funerals, has been expanded to include a Bible Museum and Biblical Garden. This

integration of the Bible Museum and Biblical Gardens, potentially, transforms the

National Cathedral into a key legacy project with major religious, civic and economic

implications for the country.

With its path-breaking design as an architectural expression of African Christianity; its

Bible Museum as the largest in the world with a focus on the role of Africa and

Africans in the Bible; and its Biblical gardens with the trees, shrubs and flowers of the

Bible; the project has been transformed into a religious “tour de force” with the

potential to serve as an (intellectual) home for African Christianity.

This symposium explored the integration of the Bible Museum of Africa, and the

Biblical Gardens of Africa, into the National Cathedral Project, and assessed its

potential contribution to African Christianity. Specifically, the symposium reviewed,

and institutionally validated, the report on the concept development for the Museum

and Gardens --in relation to the aspirations to develop the National Cathedral into a

key site for national, continental and international tourism, pilgrimage, and research.

Participants at the symposium included i) the Trustees of the National Cathedral; ii)

the National Cathedral team, including the main consultants, Adjaye Associates; iii)

the US technical team, led by Nehemiah Group, coordinating the design of the Bible

Museum and Biblical Gardens; iv) the National Cathedral’s Research Working Group

providing scholarly input to the design team; v) National and International experts;

and v) key national, regional and international stakeholders of the National Cathedral

project, including the church and theological institutions.

The Symposium also marked the formal launch of the convening platform of the

National Cathedral Project, which seeks to develop the National Cathedral as a site for

deep national and international conversations on faith.

The three-day gathering included about 80 attendees with distinguished presenters such as:

Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah – Chairman, NCG Board of Trustees

Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah – Executive Director National Cathedral and Convener of the Symposium

Hon Akosua Frema Osei-Opare- Chief of Staff, Office of the President

Archbishop Emeritus Peter Kwasi Sarpong

Ken Faulkner – Adjaye Associates – Architect

Rev Prof Kwabena Asamoah Gyadu

Cary Summers- CEO, The Nehemiah Group

Rev Prof Emmanuel Martey – Member, NCG Board of Trustees

Wintley Phipps – Entertainer, ministery leader, and global speaker

Dr. Cynthia James – Jakes Divinity School

Dan Murphy- CEO, The PRD Design Group

Rev Dr. Joyce Aryee – Member, NCG trustee

Prof David Ekem - VP, Methodist University College

Grace Adjekum – Translation Consultant

Prof Aloo Mojola – Translation Consultant

Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle – Chairman NCG Research working group

Dr. David Trobisch – African antiquity consultant

Rev Gilbert Ansre

Apostle Dr. Alfred Koduah – NCG Research Working Group

Rev Dr, Nana Opare Kwakye – NCG Research Working Group



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