Mayor Joseph M. Petty has bestowed the Keys to the City of Worcester, Massachusetts in the USA upon Ghana’s beloved son and music legend Kojo Antwi.
On Saturday, August 5, 2023, the legendary musician received his award in front of a crowd that included a throng of ecstatic fans of “The Maestro,” 3-time, 2-division world boxing champion Jose Antonio Rivera, Mr. Richard Kweku Boateng, CEO of Big Shoes Entertainment & Anokyekrom Restaurants, and Ghanaian Royal Nana Sompahene, a resident of the city of Accra.
The legendary figure in Ghanaian music, culture, and tourism thanked the City of Worcester for the honor and promised to keep using his music to preach love, compassion, peace, and harmony while promoting the lovely cultures of his own Ghana and all of Africa, to the world.
The ancient practice of handing over keys to cities dates back to 1702 in New York, when mayor Phillip French granted the “Freedom of the City” to Viscount Edward Cornbury, the governor of New York and New Jersey. For the safety of the populace, prominent medieval cities were walled and gated.
The locals would hold a lavish ceremony and give a key designed to symbolize trust and honor to a hero or dignitary visiting the area.
The freedom of the receiver to enter and exit the city at pleasure, as a respected friend of city people, is symbolized by the key. The Key to the City is a well-known representation of civic acknowledgment and gratitude reserved for individuals whose service to the public and the common good rises to the highest level of achievement.