Ghana National Council Chicago celebrates Ghana at 67: Independence dinner & awards night

By Ebenezer Anangfio II Contributor
Diaspora (USA) Ghana National Council Chicago celebrates Ghana at 67: Independence dinner  awards night

The Ghana National Council (GNC) of Metropolitan Chicago and its affiliates held their highly anticipated annual Dinner Celebration on Saturday, March 9, 2024, to mark Ghana’s 67th Independence Day.

Themed "Progress in our Diversity," the event aimed to promote unity among Ghanaians, emphasizing the importance of celebrating their shared identity above all differences.

Mr. Kasim Abubakari, President of the Ghana National Council (GNC), delivered a warm welcome address, emphasizing the strength derived from unity amidst diverse backgrounds. He announced the introduction of a yearly "Health Walk" scheduled for May 2024, complementing the existing monthly "Health Clinic" established by the GNC. This initiative aims to provide comprehensive healthcare services, including screenings and education, to members of the Ghanaian community.

Encouraging community members to utilize the Ghana community health clinic for accessible healthcare, Mr. Abubakari stressed, “The clinic is created to help members of our community access good healthcare with or without health insurance.”

Highlighting the significance of unity and mutual support within the community, Mr. Abubakari urged everyone to embrace diversity, participate in social activities, and extend support to one another. "Our strength lies in our diversity, and it is through unity that we shall continue to progress," he affirmed.

The event also served as a platform to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Ghanaian community. Mrs. Patience Yawa Adigbli received the "Pioneer of Excellence Award" for her pivotal role in establishing the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago and her service as General Secretary from 1997 to 2003.

Iman Baba Cisse was honored with the "Community Support of Excellence Award" for his dedication to community involvement and cultural advocacy, notably as a founding member of the Haske Organization and former President of the GNC.

Dr. Hajia Habiba Seidu Fuseini received the "Excellence to Humanity Award" for her advocacy on behalf of the underserved and underprivileged, and her efforts in promoting the development of Northern Ghana and supporting the Ghanaian Northern community in Chicago.

Nana Kwame Frimpong was recognized with the "Community Development of Excellence Award" for his commitment to community progression and leadership as the Abusuapanin with the Ghanaian Chieftaincy Council of Chicago.

The Redemption Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana received the "President of Excellence Award" for their commitment to hosting the Ghanaian Community Health Clinic, ensuring access to vital healthcare services for all community members.

Watch excerpts of the awards presentation below: