The family and members of the Funeral Committee have released the final funeral program for the celebration and burial of one of the prominent Ghanaian immigrants in Chicago, Nana Sanaa Atta Darko.He passed away at the Trinity Hospital, Chicago Illinois recently. He was 75 years old. The late Nana Sanaa Atta Darko was a former chief of the Okuapeman Fekuw and the first President of the Council of Ghanaian chiefs. Under his leadership, the community was united. He and other chiefs in the community promoted the Ghanaian culture at the field Museum of natural history, when they participated in the celebration of the legendary Ghanaian Kente.They sat majestically in silence , robed in Kente and gleaming with golden rings, necklaces, arm bands , anklets and sandal ornaments . The patrons were mostly white.The one week event took place in April 2001. Nana also participated in the largest and most spectacular Ghanaian cultural festival in the diaspora, Ghanafest, as a chief with the Okuapeman Fekuw for many years. Upon his retirement from the stool, he attended Ghanafest and other community events regularly. His spectacular dance moves , especially, the Azonto dance, will be forever etched in the minds of many. Nana respects everyone, young or old. He was unassuming with highly admirable personality. He has shown time and time again to be amazingly imbued with the Ghanaian culture, which he constantly refers to as ‘amammre”. He will be sorely missed.
The following are the arrangements released for the burial and final funeral celebrations:
. Friday September 20 2019: Viewing: From 7 pm to 9pm, at the Leak and Sons funeral home, 7838 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60619
•Homegoing Funeral Service will be held on September 21 2019 at the New Covenant Baptist Church, 740 E 77th Street Chicago IL, from 9 am to 12 pm.
• The Traditional Final Funeral Rites will follow later the same day at the UA Local 130, 1340 West Washington Blvd. Chicago IL from 9 pm to 2 am prompt.
• The Thanksgiving Service will be held at the Church of the Ghanaian Community of Chicago, 5500 S. Woodlawn, Chicago Illinois, from 1 pm to 3 pm on Sunday, September 22 2019. .
We appeal to members of the Ghanaian community, young and old, to come and support the family and celebrate the life of Nana Sanaa Atta Darko.