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The VRA Crest (Logo) & Colours


The Description of the Crest

The Volta River Authority's crest is used as its symbol on letter heads, vehicles, structures etc. The crest consists of an outer triangle with a black border, into the apex of which is inserted the Black Star of Africa. Inside this outer triangle is set a smaller triangle bordered with a three-line band of black, gold and black.

Along the three sides of the inner triangle (and that is in the space between the two triangles) the words "Volta River Authority" are set in white, gold and black, against a faint blue background. Here, inside the enlarged "O" of the word "Authority", a rotating silver wheel is set, signifying the rotation of turbines which generate electricity.

The space inside the inner triangle itself is coloured green and carries a silver zigzag symbolizing the flash of lightning so closely related to the spark of electricity.


Annual Reports & Accounts

Although copies of the Annual Reports and Accounts are normally not circulated to the General Public, copies are available for reference in the VRA Library at the HeadOffice in Accra and in most offices of the Authority across Ghana.

Our Board Chairman's Annual Remarks gives you a great overview of our development and growth as a national public institution:

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The Meaning of the Colours in the Crest (as per the Designer)

    Black reinforces the Black Star of Africa
    Gold symbolizes wealth
    Blue represents the blue waters of the Volta Lake
    Green promises the effects of irrigation for which the waters of the Volta Lake will also be utilized.
    Silver is considered appropriate colour representation for electricity
    White stands for peace and tranquility born of plenty


THE OFFICIAL COLOURS OF THE VRA

A VRA Executive Instruction dated April 12, 1965, instructed that

" The colour to be used on the Authority's vehicles, plant, equipment etc. shall be standardized as No. 355 Lemon in British Standard 381C:1948"


The Story Behind the Crest

You will be surprised to know that we do have a story behind the crest!! You will find below, details of how our Corporate Logo was developed and adopted.

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE CREST

The now household symbol known as the VRA Crest evolved out of a winning design following a nationwide competition sponsored by the Authority. This is the story behind it...

In July 1964, the Board of VRA decided to commission a nationwide competition to seek out the best design of a new corporate logo reflective of the operational mandate of the Volta River Authority and its status as a statutory public corporation as embodied in the Volta River Authority Act, Act 46, 1962. This was meant to replace the Coat of Arms of the Republic of Ghana, the insignia - used by Central Government departments - then being used by the Authority.

The adverts were published in the Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times as well as the Government Gazette. The price for Fifty (50) Ghanaian Pounds was offered to the winning entry. More than 305 entries were submitted. A review Panel adjudicating, selected three(3) entries including a preferred recommendation and submitted same to the Board in November 1964.

The Board of the Authority, at its meeting of November 30, 1964 under the chairmanship of President Kwame Nkrumah, approved the adoption of the preferred crest. The preferred entry, submitted by Emmanuel Yaw Asumang-Adu Asare, the Head of Design, Television Division, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation went through some design variations on basis of modifications requested for by the Board. The modifications were approved by the Board in January 1965.

In March 1965, the Chief Executive formally confirmed Emmanuel Asare as the winner of the competition and also formally adopted the VRA crest as shown in the Volta Magazine Vol 1 No1 of February 1965 as the official logo.

Mr Emmanuel Asare,the designer, emigrated to Canada in 1990 and is currently a practising Barrister in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Whilst working for GBC Television, he also studied part-time at the Ghana School of Law. He proceeded to Nigeria some time in late 1982 to practice law. He rose to become Chief Magistrate in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He returned to Ghana in 1988, and then in 1990, left for Canada to seek new laurels.

It is worthy of note to mention that Mr Asare also designed several famous Ghanaian corporate logos including the GBC logo

It is interesting to note that he has a famous daughter, Lauretta Asare, a journalist and newscaster, GBC Television Network.

 

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Eric N. Yankah, Volta River Authority, Electro-Volta House,
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