MANA 2020 CONGRESS
MANA had made custom-made face masks in Ghana that and presented to the District hospitals in the Central Region .Hand sanitizers and gloves were donated also.
MANA affiliates had a meeting last Saturday, July 4, 2020. Our meetings are usually held via conference calls, but this was different and special. For the first time we had the meeting GoToMeeting video medium. It was really refreshing and exciting seeing the faces of our friends in other states and cities as we discussed matters affecting MANA. Some of the friends we knew from previous congresses but there were some who were new.
The main item we discussed at this meeting was the appeal that had been made in April 2020 for the affiliates to contribute monies towards purchasing face masks, hand sanitizers and gloves to be given to district hospitals in the Central Region in Ghana. Fortunately, these items are currently being made in Ghana so they would be bought in Ghana and distributed there without having to incur the high cost of these items here in the U.S.A. and the shipment to Ghana.
I am happy to report that our group, MfantseKuw of Southern California (MoSC) was the first affiliate to contribute $1,000.00 to the fund, soon after the appeal was launched. We sent in our donation on May 4. MANA currently has 12 members. As of the time of the meeting last Saturday half of the affiliates had sent in their contributions. In fact we in Southern California have become the standard for the other affiliates. Colorado wanted to beat us so they donated $1,001.00! They sent in their donation only two weeks ago. Never mind that they have not yet paid their $300.00 dues for 2020! The affiliates in Chicago, the Carolinas, and Connecticut had each contributed $500.00. Greater Cincinnati had contributed $200.00. Thus as of Saturday the appeal had garnered $3,701.00. The other affiliates that had not contributed any monies were New Jersey, Maryland, Houston, Minnesota, Columbus Ohio and Massachusetts. They had excuses galore.
I want to congratulate you all for your dedication to the association and for making us all proud as the beacon of light for MANA and I want to thank you all.
2018 MANA CONGRESS
The 2018 Congress was held at Dublin, Near Columbus, Ohio from Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14, 2018. The congress was attended by delegates from Chicago, Connecticut, Worcester, New York, Colorado, Minnesota, Atlanta, Houston and the Carolinas. California sent 17 members, five were from AEFASC and 12 were from our sister organization, the Mfantseman Kuw of California. The following were the major highlights of the Congress: There was a welcome party at the home of Maame Aba Dadzie, who was elected the president of MANA the following day. We went on a cruise on Lake Erie Friday afternoon. Friday night was cultural event which featured a durbar of elegantly costumed Fante chiefs including our own Nana Akosua Ampiah, a fancy dress display by delegates from Chicago and Connecticut and an enactment of Akwanbo festival. Saturday morning was the business meeting at which a new executive committee was elected headed by Maame Aba Dadzie. This was followed in the afternoon by a business forum which featured Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, a highly successful businessman. Dr. Nduom described his many businesses and gave lots of advice regarding potential areas of investments for congress members. Companies that were represented at this forum and the evening’s banquet were, the GN Bank in Chicago, Pay Global, a money transfer company and Imperial Homes, both owned by Dr. Nduom. The final event of the Congress was the banquet the Saturday evening that was addressed by Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom and the Ghana Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah.