Lt. Joseph Henry Smith (second from right), Ghana's ambassador to the United States, helps make a presentation during the Ghana Music Week event at the Ghanaian Embassy in D.C. on Oct. 16, 2015. (Courtesy of Afrikan Post​)

The Embassy of Ghana in D.C. hosted Friday the North American press launch of the 2016 Ghana Music Week Festival.

The annual event celebrates Ghanaian music and aims to create awareness for and about the genre and musicians while promoting the nation’s tourism and culture.

Lt. Joseph Henry Smith, Ghana’s ambassador to the United States, urged musicians and guests to contribute positively to the development of Ghana through their talents and endowments. Smith also praised musicians for using their musical gifts to uplift the banner of Ghana internationally.

During Friday’s event at the embassy, Smith also took the opportunity to introduce Whitney Osei, the newly-crowned Miss Ghana Tourism USA.

The festival, slated for the first week in March in conjunction with Ghana’s 59th birthday, constitutes a weeklong tribute as a prelude to the annual independence celebration marking Ghana’s attainment of sovereignty on March 6, 1958, from British colonial rule.

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