Ghana’s rich culture was on display over the weekend as thousands of Ghanaians and other nationalities thronged the Washington Park in Chicago for arguably the biggest Ghanaian outdoor event in North America, Ghanafest.
Chiefs representing various traditional areas from Ghana, adorned in their traditional regalia, showcased their rich culture amid drumming, dancing and singing from their areas.
This year’s event was unique as it marked the 30th anniversary of Ghanafest. As if to tell the world how this milestone is important, most of the traditional leaders were dressed in their most glamorous of outfits.
“I’ve been a part of Ghanafest for the past 27 years but this is the most amazing display of culture in so many years,” says Ruben Hadzid, a Chicago resident and former Ghana National Council President.
The event also saw the outdooring of the Ewe Queen of Chicago,Mama Awushie Adjaho Kuevi. To the Ewe community, this is a landmark feat as the community has been without a queen for a long time.
Mama Awushie promised to help the chief and elders of the Ewe community to help bring leadership and support to the community.
The event drew many Ghanaians from all over the world.
“This is Incredible. I’ve never seen anything like this before, this feels just like Ghana,” says Charlotte Abo who came from London, UK.
Anetha Awuku also came from Madrid, Spain and said: “This is one way we can show and teach our kids our values and culture.”
In this age of technology where Ghanaian kids born abroad do not go home regularly, “This will give them a feel of how things are done back home,” she added.
The event also brought together Ghanaian entrepreneurs who put their wares on display for sales. From restaurant owners, fashion designers and artists, there was something Ghanaian for everyone.
Theodosia Adu-Awuah, CEO of Alegnaa Fashions from Ghana was full of praise for organizers.
The event was sponsored by Group Nduom which has a bank in the community. President of Group Nduom, Paa Kwesi Nduom said Group Nduom would continue to sponsor the event.