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Ghanaian Community In Chicago Pay Last Respect To Nana Sanaa Atta Darko!

Members of the Ghanaian community in Chicago and others from states across the USA, Ghana and Europe massively attended the three-day events this past weekend to honor and celebrate the life of the late Nana Sanaa Atta Darko, an icon in the Ghanaian community here. The three main venues for the Homegoing service, the traditional final funeral rites and the thanksgiving service were packed and overflowing with mourners, sympathizers and supporters of the family. Nana Darko, as he was popularly known, passed away recently at the Trinity Hospital, Chicago Illinois. He was 75 years old. He was a former chief of the Okuapeman Fekuw and the first President of the Council of Ghanaian chiefs. The new chieftaincy council at the time was seen as a strong and unifying body of the community. He and other chiefs in the community promoted the Ghanaian culture at the Field Museum of natural history, in April of 2001. They showcased the legendary Ghanaian Kente in an exhibition at the museum. Patrons of the event were mostly white. He also participated in the largest and most spectacular Ghanaian cultural festival in the diaspora, Chicago’s Ghanafest, as chief with the Okuapeman Fekuw for many years. Upon his retirement from the stool, he attended Ghanafest and other community events regularly. His eye-catching dance moves, especially, the Azonto dance, will be forever etched in the minds of many. Nana Darko respects everyone, young or old. He was an unassuming and had a highly admirable personality. His family, members of the Okuapeman Fekuw and the Okuapeman family in North America and friends paid glowing tributes in his honor. He will be sorely missed. We bring to our worldwide audience pictures of the three-day event. You can view video clips of the events at www.sankofaonline.com by clicking on this link.

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