A joyful return

Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana :: The guest of honour, Deputy Director Dorcas Aidoo, opens Logos Hope’s book fair to the public.

The official opening of Logos Hope’s book fair in Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana was a coming-together of two communities for one cause. The guest of honour, Deputy Director Dorcas Aidoo, who was speaking on behalf of Regional Minister Paul Evans Aidoo, told of her community’s push to promote similar values to those of the ship. She shared her pleasure at the onboard conferences being offered and the quantity and variety of books available in the book fair, calling them “opportunities for personal development” and an “impetus for change” for her community.

Randy Grebe (United States), Acting Director of Logos Hope, praised the community of Sekondi-Takoradi as he stepped up to give his welcome. “I don’t know if you realise how unique you are. I’ve been in many African countries, but the people of Ghana are very special,” shared Randy as he spoke about the warm welcome the Ghanaians had given the ship’s crewmembers and the unique hospitality of the country’s citizens. “The greatest asset you have is the people.”

But the praise was not one-sided. “Logos Hope represents a micro-community,” said Dorcas to those gathered. “It is a clear picture of what a larger community should and can be.”

The ship’s presence in Ghana marks a unique achievement for Logos Hope. “Coming back to Ghana is very special for us,” said Randy. “It is quite a moment because it represents that this ship has now sailed around the whole continent of Africa. This is the first [African] country that we’ve been back to. What a special joy to be here.”

 

By Rebecca G