The late Elder Stephen Somuah posthumously awarded Service of Excellence
On Saturday, March 11, 2023, all roads in Chicagoland lead to the Crystal Grand Banquet, 12416 Archer Avenue, Lemont, Ilinois. The elegant banquet hall will host Chicago’s version of Ghana’s 66th independence celebrations with pump and pageantry. Like others in the diaspora, Ghanaian immigrants in Chicago mark the day with dinner dance and fundraising activities in support of projects at home and abroad. On this day, Ghanaians are proud of their country’s envious achievement as the beacon of freedom on the continent of Africa. Ghana was the first black African country south of the Sahara to gain its independence from colonial domination. The feat precipitated the crumbling of direct colonial rule in Africa. It also galvanized the struggle for liberty by blacks across the globe, especially ,the civil rights movement in the United States of America.
This year, the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago, GNC, has laid out an exquisite program to observe the day. First, there will be a 4-course meal and drinks. The best deejay in town , Odikro, will be in attendance. Proceeds will go to support one of the flagship programs of the Council, that is, the monthly Ghanaian Community Health Clinic, GCHC. The GCHC is a volunteer-based healthcare provided by the GNC. The program gives the community access to comprehensive, high-quality health care free of charge. The model is unique because the care volunteers include community members across various disciplines in a healthcare setting. These include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social services, and others.
The night’s highlights include awards to deserving community members selected by the Council. The Excellence to Humanity Award will be presented to Dr. Jamilah Okoe, and the Community Development of Excellence Award will go to Dr. Chris Chalokwu, The immediate past President, Paa Kwasi Sam, deservedly won The Pioneer of Excellence Award; while the legend, Nana Yaw Marfo, earned the Community Support of Excellence Award. The late Elder Stephen Somuah posthumously receives the Service of Excellence Award.
A thanksgiving church service will follow the anticipated event on Sunday, March 19, at the Church of Pentecost, 8600 S. Kilpatrick Avenue, Chicago, IL, from 12:30 pm prompt.
It will be another spectacular celebration one cannot afford to miss. See you there!
Contributing: Eunice Cromwell and Felicia Agyare