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Diaspora News | Dec 23, 2004

Ghanaians in Bergen celebrate Christmas in a grand style.

Francis Anderson Adzei, Bergen, Norway.

To most people, December 25 is the day for the celebration of Christmas. But in the city of Bergen, Norway, no one needs to tell a stranger that the celebration starts from late November. Christmas fever hits the city through decorations on x'mas trees, shops, vehicles and all other public places. As part of sharing in the festivities, Ghanaians, who are noted for their unity and loyalty to their root wherever they find themselves in the world organised a flamboyant Christmas party in Bergen, Norway on 19th December. The ceremony attracted not only Ghanaians but a cross section of Africans and Norwegians alike, who share in the Ghanaian fraternity in Bergen. The function started with melodious carols echoing from the voice of those present. It was nice to see a cosmopolitan society sing together to those well-sounding carols.

In his address, the president of the association, Dr. Ralph Adobor, an orthopaedic surgeon commended all members for their untiring efforts in the year to keep the association increasing its potentials. He mentioned some of the projects they intend to execute in Ghana as part of their input to the nation's development. He also pointed out some shortfalls in the year and encouraged all members to take keen interest in the association's activities. He finally unveiled some strategies mapped to curtail those misgivings.

This was followed by merry making amidst dozens of local music. It was nice to see all those present display different styles of dancing to Ghanaian high life.

The association also took the occasion to welcome Ghanaians who arrived in the University of Bergen this autumn to pursue masters and doctoral degrees in various fields. The new students include Francis Anderson Adzei, John Pastor Ansah, Albert Essuman and Pastor James Yakubu. The rest are Joyce Komesuor, Annabella Opare-Henaku, Selawose Dzadey and Rebecca Amanyo. The students expressed gratitude for the reception and commended the association for the good neighbourliness and cohesion that was showcased.

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