The Ghana Council of Georgia hosted a sold-out Ghana Independence Day Celebration @66 at Atlanta City Hall on Saturday, March 11 in Atlanta, GA in partnership with CEO Magazines.
The evening began with a parade of Chiefs, the leadership of the Ghana Council and the Presidents of the Council’s various ethnic associations, accompanied by a traditional dancer with traditional music.
Present were Nananom, royalty representing various ethnic communities in Ghana, as well as dignitaries and various invited guests representing the diaspora community in Atlanta.
Major sponsors included The Conduah Family, WillVan Tax and Insurance Services, Ike’s Cafe & Grill and Fibi Law Firm, SSBiz Solutions and Dr. Sandra Chaney from Suwanee Georgia.
The theme of the Ghana @66 event was: THE GHANA HOUSE PROJECT.
Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens then greeted the crowd with a video address, followed by a dinner of sumptuous Ghanaian cuisine.
In her welcome address, Ms. Yvonne McCowin, President of the Ghana Council of Georgia, thanked the leaders and Organizing Committee members for their commitment and dedication that led to the best Ghana Independence Day event to date in Atlanta. She also encouraged everyone to support the Ghana House Project.
The keynote speaker was Reverend Dr. Samuel Mainoo, President of the Ghanaian Ministers Association of Georgia. In his speech he addressed the relevance of the Ghana@66 event. He also urged everyone to support the Ghana House Project.
The fundraiser for the Ghana House Project was led by two very dynamic ladies: Ms. Esi Bruce and Lady Pearl Aidoo who successfully worked the crowd to raise a significant amount of money for phase 1 of the project.
A special guest was 11-year-old Ghanaian American prodigy Nicholas Buamah (writer, creator, producer) who, along with his parents, Danielle and Dominic Buamah, made a financial contribution to start fundraising for the Ghana House Project.
The Ghana House project, an idea of the Ghana Council of Georgia and chaired by Mr. Rueben Darku, when completed will be a magnificent cultural center that will house a museum of African artifacts, a large hall for events, a language learning center for the youth , and a leisure meeting place for the immigrant population. It will be located in the greater Atlanta area. Ing. Mathew Kojoe Abakah Jr., Chair of the Independence Day Planning Committee, highlighted the distinctive factors that determine how people from different cultural backgrounds connect and stated that the Ghana House Project fits into the Ghana Council’s agenda and commitment to Bringing together people from different cultural beliefs. “There are shared values, goals and many cultures that we can use to our mutual benefit,” said Abakah, reiterating that the greater good will be manifested in shared community-centric values through Ghana House.
The course of the event was skilfully maneuvered by MC Armani (Kwame Boafo) and the music was provided by Atlanta’s own DJ Mixmaster Berto.
The highlight of the evening were the live performances by famous Ghanaian artists: Bisa Kdei, Praye and Kwaw Kesse, mesmerizing the crowd and getting everyone excited.
The Ghana Council is a non-profit organization made up of representatives from all Georgia-based Ghanaian organizations. More information about the organization can be found at www.ghanacouncilofgeorgia.org