Ghana, Le­sotho broaden cul­tural ex­change

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LE­SOTHO and Ghana are ex­plor­ing ways to broaden cul­tural ties by in­tro­duc­ing culi­nary dishes from both coun­tries, the Pres­i­dent of the Le­sotho Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion, Chef Don­ald Mo­let­sane has re­vealed. Chef Mo­let­sane spent a week in Ghana where he met with gov­ern­ment and tourism of­fi­cials in the West African na­tion to ham­mer de­tails of the cul­tural ex­change which will in­volve among other things, the set­ting up of a restau­rant of­fer­ing Ghana­ian dishes in Le­sotho. Cor­re­spond­ingly, a restau­rant will be set up in Ghana to of­fer Se­sotho dishes. Chef Mo­let­sane, who is also the owner of the Dona@ba­los Chef School and Hos­pi­tal­ity, ac­com­pa­nied his stu­dents who started work-re­lated learn­ing in the West African na­tion and took the op­por­tu­nity to meet with Ghana’s Tourism Min­is­ter, Cather­ine Abo­lama Afeko, Ghana Tourism Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent, Nana Anim Akatakyir as well as Pres­i­dent of Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion of Ghana, Chef Isaac K Sackey. “My visit to Ghana was prompted by the fact that they (Ghana­ians) had in­di­cated that they needed a culi­nary school in their coun­try and they sought as­sis­tance from the Le­sotho Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion,” Chef Mo­let­sane told the Week­ender this week upon his re­turn to Le­sotho. “They were charmed by the pre­sen­ta­tions of Le­sotho stu­dents at dif­fer­ent African food com­pe­ti­tions so last week, we met and dis­cussed ways to build good re­la­tion­ships with the idea be­ing that of learn­ing from each other in terms of food cul­ture through food fes­ti­vals, com­pe­ti­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions at tourist sites.

“We saw the need for a Ghana­ian food restau­rant in Le­sotho to en­able Ghana­ians in our coun­try to have their tra­di­tional food while we also es­tab­lish our Se­sotho food restau­rant in Ghana.”

Chef Mo­let­sane said Min­is­ter Afeko ex­pressed a keen in­ter­est in see­ing the two coun­tries work­ing closely to­gether es­pe­cially in the area of stu­dents ex­change pro­grammes and in­tern­ships.

Chef Mo­let­sane said the col­lab­o­ra­tion would also be “an op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents to start their own restau­rants to gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment and re­duce poverty in Le­sotho”.

He said he would meet with lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity in­sti­tu­tions as well as the Le­sotho Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion to come up with ef­fec­tive strate­gies to max­imise on the op­por­tu­nity ahead of re­port­ing back to Ghana in June.

“I have to re­turn to Ghana in the next two months to fi­nalise how best we can work to­gether so I will meet lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity schools so that we es­tab­lish how the re­la­tions can ben­e­fit both coun­tries.

“We have the best stu­dents in Le­sotho and Ghana is more than will­ing to host them for in­tern­ship pro­grammes as they have the best ho­tels.

So we will also dis­cuss how we will se­lect stu­dents to send to Ghana after ev­ery six months.

“In re­turn, we will help Ghana es­tab­lish a culi­nary in­sti­tu­tion in Le­sotho so that in fu­ture we will be able to host their stu­dents in or­der to reach the ul­ti­mate goal of hav­ing tra­di­tional food restau­rants in both coun­tries,” he said.

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LE­SOTHO Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Chef Don­ald Mo­let­sane

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