On Saturday, 3rd July 2021, family members of the late Paul Kwaku Owusu and the Ghanaian Community in Chicago were clad in black and red to celebrate his life. People came from other states in the USA, Canada etc. to pay their last respect and celebrate Paul at the St. Mary Banquet Hall, 6330 W. 127th Street, Palos Heights, Illinois.
Paul passed away after a short illness on January 19, 2020, but because of the COVID-19 restrictions then, the community and the family were not able to commemorate his life.
The event unofficially marked the first major activity since the COVID-19 restrictions were eased to level 5 in the Chicago area. As expected, members of the Ghanaian Community of Chicago came in their numbers to show an unprecedented exhibition of solidarity and support for the Owusu family.
The celebration involved playing traditional dirges interspaced with high-energy music, a solo performance, and dancing. For the Owusu family and friends, the spectacular occasion offers them the most suitable way for a proper farewell to their beloved brother, father, uncle, grandfather and friend, Paul Kwaku Owusu; a gentleman known for his generosity and selflessness.
The event commenced with a short prayer by Bishop Richard Kwarteng-Siaw of the International Charismatic Church, Dallas Texas. Present were the current President of the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago, Paa Kwesi Sam, former Presidents, current and past members of the council, and the President of the Council of Ghanaian Churches, Reverend Dr. Kofi Noonoo. Chiefs, Queenmothers, elders, and other members of the Ghanaian Community were also in attendance.
“The vacuum his departure has created in the family can never be filled”, a family member solemnly acknowledged.
As it is the Akan tradition, we wish the departed safe journey and request him to extend our heartfelt greetings to the parents, siblings, family members and friends gone before him. May those of us he left behind remember him in our prayers for many years to come. May his soul find peaceful rest in the perfect land, heaven, that God Himself has prepared for His children.
The event was emceed by the legend, Nana Yaw Marfo whilst live feeds on social media platforms was transmitted by Kelvin Asamoa Baah of the Trend Africa TV fame. Video coverage was by Brother Sonny Mills.
The Owusu family thank every member of the community and others who participated and supported them in diverse ways.
Damirefa due, due, due ne amanehune, Paul Kwaku Owusu.