ACONA-CONGRESS 2015 COMMUNIQUE
The Asanteman Council of North America (ACONA) celebrated its annual Congress in Columbus Ohio from September 5, 2015 to September 7, 2015. The meeting started with a one minute silence for Rex Poku, the immediate past Executive Secretary who passed away last year. The Executive Secretary welcomed all members and invited guests to the Congress.
Nana Fredua Agyeman of Toronto, the first ACONA President, and also the keynote speaker, graced the occasion. He called for unity and commended the ACONA Secretariat for their hard work in upholding the constitution.
The Executive Secretary, Professor Kwaku Agyeman Duah, in his address to the congress, lamented over the Columbus case which has inhibited the progress of ACONA. He reassured the Asanteman Association of Columbus that there is only one ACONA in the USA and there is only one ACONA member in Columbus, which is the Asanteman Association of Columbus. He praised them for their bravery and defending the ACONA constitution. The Executive Secretary also praised the member Associations who were present for their unwavering support for ACONA. With a “no more foolishness” attitude, the Executive Secretary laid out his short term and long term goals.
Among the short term goals, ACONA plans to dig at least three bore-holes to provide good drinking water for the needy areas in the Asante Region. In the long run, ACONA plans to set up a committee to review the development plans discussed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2013. These will include Health, Education, Environment and Energy
The Congress decided on the following other issues:
1) The Asante Day for 2016 will be held in Charlotte, NC.
2) The Executive Secretary, in conjunction with the Council, promised to complete the appointments to the council of elders and Board of Advisors. Nana Antwi Gyeabuor and Nana Bosompra Ampong of Chicago were appointed as new members of the Council of Elders.
3) It was unanimously voted for the current President, Nana Adu Poku to stay on as President until our next Asante Day. He proudly agreed to continue to serve ACONA.
4) Members discussed the possibility of using occupants of Black Stools (Nkonwa Tuntum) in Ghana who may be residing in the United States to swear-in ACONA future Chiefs. Any such chief should be authorized by Otumfuor.
5) It was announced that Asanteman of Worcester, MA, has expressed interest in joining ACONA; an application form has been sent to them to apply.
We wish all ACONA members who could not attend the congress due to unavoidable circumstances all the best and hope to see them in Charlotte, NC next year .
Long Live ACONA! Long Live Otumfour! Long Live U.S.!
Kwaku Agyeman Duah
Kwaku Agyeman Duah
Executive Secretary (ACONA)