The Haske Society of
Chicago was formally outdoored on October 25, 1976 in Chicago
by a group of visionary young men who wanted to develop an oasis of
hope in a desert of hopelessness for recent immigrants from
The initial goal of the group was to create an environment for
carrying on with some of the rudimentary cultural practices of the
“Zongo Experience”. During the early days of the organization, a
strong sense of camaraderie was established among its members. There
were series of communal celebrations held to concretize the
organization’s achievements as a family.
The able leader during this golden period was none other than Alhaji
Adjei Abubakar Okoe. Over the years Haske has managed to transform
itself to keep pace with the changing community. Haske has become
bigger than the original vision.
Haske has served as the focus for rallying around the clan to
celebrate the birth of a child, the consummation of a marriage and
the officiating of the
going home prayers for our dearly departed ones. The Society
has furthered its work by assisting members financially and
emotionally. It has sponsored trips home for destitute members,
presented gifts to visiting scholars and politicians from Ghana.
About four years ago, the organization founded a Madrasat, a school
Islamic Studies for the youth in the community. Classes are
held once a week under the tutelage of Ustaz Mohammed Al-Thani, a
recent graduate of the
University of Kuwait. The principal
of the institution is Alhaji Baba Cisse, who is responsible for the
development of the curriculum.
Haske Society of Chicago is committed to strengthening the
spiritual, cultural, economic and social needs of its membership. It
research, nurture, educate and form alliances with
organizations with similar goals in its efforts to enlighten the
The leadership of the Society is comprised of an executive
president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and financial
secretary. A board of directors supports the executive leadership of
the Society. The membership of the board is made up of the Chief,
Imam and the Galadima. The Society also has a council of elders
whose role is to serve as the conscience of the organization.
The Haske Society of Chicago is open to any one who subscribes to
the tenets of its mission. Membership is secured through the payment
of a registration fee and annual dues.