Ghana@67: How Ghanaian Community in Chicago celebrated Independence Dinner

By Ebenezer Anangfio || Contributor

The vibrant Ghanaian community in Metropolitan Chicago came together to celebrate Ghana’s 67th Independence Day with an enriching dinner party. This annual celebration holds immense significance for Ghanaians, both within their homeland and across the globe.

Organized by the Ghana National Council (GNC) of Metropolitan Chicago and its affiliates, this year’s Independence Day Celebration dinner centered around the theme, "Progress in our Diversity." The event aimed to cultivate unity among Ghanaians, emphasizing the importance of cherishing their collective Ghanaian identity above all else.

The evening commenced with a stirring performance by musician and vocalist, Kofi Cromwell, who delivered flawless renditions of both the American national anthem, “Star-Spangled Banner” and Ghana's national anthem, "God Bless Our Homeland." Cromwell's heartfelt performance received thunderous applause from attendees, who proudly waved their Ghanaian flags in unison.

During the event, Mr. Kasim Abubakari, President of the GNC, unveiled plans for an annual "Health Walk" scheduled for May 2024. This initiative, complementing the existing monthly "Health Clinic" established by the GNC, aims to provide comprehensive healthcare services, including screenings and education, to members of the Ghanaian community.

Dr. Prince Hodogbey, the medical director of the Ghana Community Health Clinic, emphasized the importance of prompt healthcare access, urging uninsured Ghanaians to take advantage of the clinic's services without delay.

Amidst an abundance of delicious food and lively music, the Ojam Cultural Troupe captivated attendees with their vibrant dance performances, showcasing Ghana's rich cultural heritage. From traditional dances representing various regions including Greater Accra, Volta, Ashanti, and Northern Ghana, the troupe offered a captivating journey into the essence of Ghanaian heritage.

The GNC-C also took the opportunity to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Ghanaian community. They included Mrs. Patience Yawa Adigbli, a former General Secretary, Iman Baba Cisse, a former GNC President, Dr. Hajia Habiba Seidu Fuseini, Nana Kwame Frimpong, and the Redemption Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana for their invaluable support in hosting the Ghanaian Community Health Clinic.

As the night progressed, attendees embraced the spirit of celebration, taking to the dance floor to conclude the evening in joyous fashion, marking yet another memorable celebration of Ghana's independence.

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