By Osei Tutu
The Asanteman Council of North America (ACONA) is holding the 2019 annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, August 31st through Sunday, September 1st. It is being hosted by the Asanteman Association of the Carolinas, North Carolina. The Asante Day is an annual event organized by ACONA, which is the umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of the various Asanteman associations in North America which comprises the United States and Canada.
ACONA has been supported by the MANHYIA PALACE since it’s inception, which dates back in the early eighties.
ACONA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together residents of North America who are of the Asante ethnic group of Ghana and others interested in Asante culture and traditions, to assist in the socio-economic development in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The primary objective of the Asante Day Celebrations is to bring together all member associations both in the United States and Canada, Ghanaians and friends of Ghana for a Labor Day weekend of entertainment and cultural show, and to raise funds.
This year our goal is to raise funds and mobilize other resources to support our long-term project aimed at improving healthcare and education in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Our theme therefore for the event is: “Building a foundation for the next Generation through Education and Healthcare”.
Current members of ACONA participating in the Asante Day Celebration are as follows: The Asanteman Association of Toronto, Canada. The Asanteman Association of Chicago and Midwest. The Asanteman Association of Southern California. The Asante Kroye Kuo of Greater Houston, Texas.
The Asanteman Association of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio. The Asanteman Association of the Carolinas, Charlotte, North Carolina. The Asanteman Association of Columbus, Ohio. The Asanteman Association of Worcester, Massachusetts. The Asante Unity Association, Washington Metro Area and the Asanteman Association of Denver Metro, Colorado.
The Asantefuohene of the Carolinas, Nana Baffuor Osei Akoto would be swearing the Oath of Allegiance to Manhyia at the Grand Durbar, which would be the Climax of the Saturday, August 31st event.
Among the eminent chiefs from Manhyia attending the events as special delegates to represent Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II during the Swearing-In ceremony are Nana Otimpie Aben II, Otumfuo Sasaamopaninhene and Nana Osei Kwadwo II, Otumfuo Mamensenhene. In attendance would also be Kokofuhemaa Osagyefo Kusiwah Mmua Bayie and Mr. Richard Cobbina, Richworld Building Construction & Estates Ltd.
Nananom of ACONA, in conjunction with the Secretariat, commend the Asanteman Association of Denver Metro, for taking courageous step in joining ACONA at long last.