There was a delegation of 39 people from Ghana, including the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Hon. Eric Poku, Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, queenmothers from Ghana, actors, actresses, dancers and drummers. Ghana’s ambassador to the United States, HE Lt. General Joseph Smith and his wife and his staff of about 10 people were there. There were about 5,000 participants and attendees. There were the chiefs and queenmothers of the various ethnic groups in the Chicago metropolitan area, and there was Okyereman Asante, the famous Ghanaian drummer who has the ability to play four drums consecutively and use his legs wrapped in bells and whistles to join in the music. Present also was Chicago Mayor’s Deputy Director of Public Policy, Ms. Kelly Saulsberry, who delivered Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s congratulatory letter to the President of the Ghana National Council, Mr. Ebenezer Antwi-Nsiah. They all made it to Washington Park, 5600 S. Russell Drive on Saturday July 25, 2015.
To top it all the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts dazzled the public with a display of her dancing skills. The President of the Ghana National Council also displayed his limited dancing skills (or at least tried to).
This year the corporate sponsors doubled from those of last year and additional tents had to be ordered. The newcomers this year included South African Airlines, US Citizens and Immigration Services, Family Health Network and Community Alliance of Illinois and the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services.
Ghanaian cuisines were in abundance at the food vendor stalls and the vendors selling African artifacts were also there in their numbers surpassing last year’s. The MCs of the Occasion were the couple MC team, Mr. and Mrs. Nartey. They teamed up with the famous Tulip Tulip of highlife Radio fame to deliver one of the best master-of-ceremony team Chicago has ever witnessed.
All in all it was a night to remember.