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File photo: Dancer at Ghanafest 2014

Chicago’s Ghana National Council Wins The Hearts of Ghanafest Patrons!

……………………Shatta Wale, came saw and conquered!

The Pre-Ghanafest media hype lived up to expectations as Ghana’s musician of the moment, Dancehall King, Shatta Wale , came ,saw, conquered and Rocked Obama’s Home Town show, Chicago’s Ghanafest. Initially the crowd was thin when the annual festival, organized by the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago(GNC), started. One could easily palpate the nervousness of the new administration led by Mr. Ebenezer Antwi-Nsiah. As the dance by the various organizations that form the GNC got underway however, one could sense the excitement in the atmosphere! The Ewe Association’s march was however interspersed with weeping by members of the organization for their departed chief, Togbe Venya I. He passed away in May this year. It was the first time in over two decades their late Popular chief did not lead the group at Ghanafest! They drew a lot of emotions and sympathies from crowd. The group had the largest attendance as members of the community join to sympathize and dance with them.

Prelude to the much awaited “Shatta” time were two local heroes who performed surprisingly well but the crowd would not have the patience to wait any more for the man of the day, Shatta Wale when the clock ticked past 9.15 p.m! They started shouting, “we want Shatta , we want Shatta”. When Shatta Wale finally mounted the stage, it was electrifying! The crowd went agog as they started jumping and shouting to every movement and singing Shatta does on a pre-recorded music. D.J Bonsu was apt to the task as he kept pace with Shatta by playing and changing the lead tunes with expertise.

The Emcee was great except occasional unnecessary announcements that did not fit the occasion. Akua Agyeman passed her debut emceeing at Ghanafest with distinction. She was under the tutelage of seasoned emcee, Nana Yaw Marfo.

Ebenezer Antwi-Nsiah, GNC President.

Ebenezer Antwi-Nsiah, GNC President.

Governor Pat Quinn greeting chiefs and Queens

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, greeting chiefs and Queens @ Ghanafest 2014

Yes indeed Ghanafest 2014 was great...as seen here by the large enthusiastic crowd!

Yes indeed Ghanafest 2014 was great…as seen here by the large enthusiastic crowd!

Shatta Wale on Stage in Chicago

Shatta Wale on Stage @ Chicago’s Ghanafest

As predicted the "Shatta Movement"  grew exponential @ Ghanafest 2014!

As predicted the “Shatta Movement” grew exponentially @ Ghanafest 2014!

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The Fante Chief of Chicago and Bosuapanyin John Kofi

The Fante Chief of Chicago and Bosuapanyin John Kofi

The Linguists Ready to pour Libation

The Linguists Ready to pour Libation@ Ghanafest 2014

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Northern Union

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The Nat Gospel show was marvelous

@ Ghanafest 2014 …Pastor Nat Awuni’s Gospel show was marvelous

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Rev. Yeboah and the "Twins"

Rev. Yeboah and the “Twins”

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The Adowa Dancers!

Adowa Dancers @ Ghanafest 2014!

Abena Agyeman-Bugyei show!

Abena Agyeman-Bugyei’s show!

Bridget Amoah and a friend

Ms.Bridget Amoah (In Black) and her friend@ Ghanafest 2014

The African Spectrum Stand @ Ghanafest 2014

The African Spectrum Stand @ Ghanafest 2014

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Brong Ahafo  all the Way!

Brong Ahafo all the Way!

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The Fante Chief of Chicago and Bosuapanyin John Kofi

The Fante Chief of Chicago and Bosuapanyin John Kofi

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Anita Kontoh, Legal Practitioner.

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