The Ghana National Council and its 13 affiliate
organizations and the Ghanaian community in Chicago staged a
showcase of Ghanaian culture, food, music and fashion in Chicago on
Saturday July 31, 2016, Ghanafest 2016.
With pomp and pageantry the chiefs and queen
mothers of the traditional organizations in Chicago displayed
clothes and footwear to dance music followed by the members of their
Ghana’s international singer/songwriter Gyedu
Blay Ambolley was on hand to dish out some of his songs.
There was a two-hour gospel interlude which saw displays by
some of the Chicago church leaders and other leaders of the Ghanaian
community in Chicago.
Also displaying his skills was Ghana’s renowned cultural
drumming icon Okyerema Asate.
This year there were local youth artistes performing on the
youth stage errected on the south end of Washington Park.
Also on hand to grace the event was Ghana's international
soccer star of Chicago Fire soccer clun, David Accam who autograked
soccer balls which were raffled to the public.
Ghanafest was chaired by Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom,
chairman of Groupe Nduom.
The Nduom family acquired the Illinois Savings and Federal
Bank in Chicago in April this year.
The keynote speaker for the occasion was Lt.
Gen. Joseph Smith (Rtd.), Ghana’s ambassador to the United States.
He commended the GNC for the display of Ghana’s culture for
28 years running and hoped next year’s event will be bigger and
better than this year.
He also predicted that he would be on hand next year to commission a
cultural center which the Ghanain community in Chicago has been
seeking for so long.
In his welcome address the President of the
GNC, Mr. Ebenezer Antwi-Nsiah called on the non-Ghanaians who were
present to join in tasting the uniqueness and hospitality of the
Ghanaian people which has made Ghana one of the best countries in
the whole of Africa.
Ghanafest 2016 by Slidely Photo Gallery