The Okuapemman Association of USA and Canada (OKUSACA), celebrated its 33rd Anniversary and Annual Odwira/Ohum festival in Matteson, Illinois from August 31st to September 2nd, 2018. The event took place at the plush Holiday Inn Hotel Conference Center, 500 Holiday Plaza, Matteson (suburb of Chicago), Illinois. The celebrations brought together citizens of Okuapemman and Asuogyaman in the USA and Canada to celebrate Odwira with pomp and pageantry and also raise funds in support of development projects in Ghana. Sponsored by Okuapeman Associations in North America under the umbrella of OKUSACA, a record number of 450 participants were in attendance. They include invited dignitaries from Ghana as well as traditional rulers from Okuapemman and Asuogyaman and delegates and members from all the Chapters of the various associations that form OKUSACA.For some of the participants, it was a weekend to fraternize with people they have not seen in years as the this year’s event also marked the 33rd anniversary of the association. People use the occasion to catch up with friends they have not seen in years to reminiscence the good old days. The theme was “Educating and Empowering Akuapem & Asuogyaman youth to succeed in today’s Info-Tech World”. The Theme was chosen to enable OKUSACA focus and deliberate on issues surrounding the theme and put in place plans to assist the youth with resources to improve and embrace the concepts of modern technological advancements for their benefit.
Besides the colorful Fontomfrom Drumming and Dancing , Ghanaian artists, Amarkye Dede and OBRAFOUR brought the house down with their brilliant performances.For the organizers, this was another successful Odwira/Ohum celebrations in the diaspora. Even as they get ready for next year’s convention , they will still look back at this weekend’s jamboree with pride that it lived to it’s billing as one of the most successful yet !
“Chicago has raised the bar and it is up to the next host to beat them,” Paa Kwasi Sam, President of the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago and former President of Okuapeman Fekow proudly said.