Daasebre Osei Bonsu 11, the Omanhene of the Asante-Mampong Traditional Area, has left Accra for Chicago, United States of America, for a 10-day official visit on the invitation of the executive of the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago, as the guest of honour at their annual celebration dubbed: "Ghana Fest".
Ghana Fest, has over the years become a great annual event that depicts not only Ghana’s traditional thanksgiving celebrations, and a cultural exposition of great significance that showcases the diverse and rich Ghanaian culture to the American public and the world at large, but also as a day for reaffirming their national unity and brotherhood.
Ghana Fest came into existence 18 years ago, and had grown to become one of the greatest cultural and ethnic festivals celebrated in Chicago and in North America.
Ghana Fest has also become the most spectacular cultural African celebration in the diaspora.
According to the registrar of the Mampong Traditional Council, Mr Kofi Owusu, Daasebre Osei Bonsu, the occupant of the Silver Stool of the Ashanti Kingdom was accompanied by some of his elders and his wife.
He said the Mamponghene would deliver a speech which would be centred on peace and unity, the importance of culture, the respectable institution of chieftaincy and the role it had played and continue to play in the socio-economic and political development of the county. He would also touch on how Ghana has accepted democracy as core for accelerated development.
By Nana Yaw Barimah