Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago showcases Ghanaian culture in Chicago

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 organizations.

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