16.05.2005 Diaspora News

Ashanti Association of Washington Metro is born

By Ashanti Association of Washington Metro
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Members of the Asante Association have come together to further the cause and image of Asantes and Ghanaians as a whole in the United States.

The primary goal of the Asante Association is to unite all Asantes to support each other and to assist in the development of Asanteman. Our membership is growing rapidly, because we believe in UNITY. The membership of the association is drawn from Asantes in the Washington Metropolitan Area and others who are attracted to the progressive and dynamic Asante Association.

Asante Association was born three years ago under the leadership of Mr. Akwasi Owusu, former President of Asante Kotoko Association and Nana Amo Gyebi, Ex-Asantefuohene of Washington DC. As part of implementing the ideal association, a hybrid governing body structure of an Executive Council and a Council of Elders was adopted.

Mr. Maxwell Prempeh, Obarimaba Kwame Bonsu and Nana Odietuo Asante were elected as Interim Co-Chairmen to steer the association to the total unification of all Asantes in the Washington area. Through the leadership of these men, the association wrote and ratified a constitution and elected Executive Council, Asantefuohene and Asantefuohemaa.

The Executive Council, headed by the President, Mr. Maxwell Kwame Prempeh, is the policy making body and has responsibility for the general running of the Association. The Council of Elders, headed by an Asantefuohene, Nana Kofi Agyenim Boateng as the Chairman, has the role of advising on the progress and smooth running of the association and projecting Asante culture and traditions.

We would like to extend invitations to ALL to join the growing membership of Asante Association that is dedicated to Unification. The Asante Association meets on the last Saturday of every month at Fairlington United Methodist Church, 3900 King Street, Alexandria, VA. Please join us at the next General Meeting for a refreshing experience.

This year, we invite you to our annual dance at the Washington Times Arbor Ballroom, 3600 New York Ave, Washington DC on June 11, 2005 to a night of good hi-life music and cultural display.


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