By Augustine Yalley
THE Ghanaian community in the UK on May 28th commemorated the country’s 65th independence anniversary with a traditional durbar of Chiefs and Queens.
The event dubbed ’65th Ghana Independence Anniversary Special Edition: Traditional Durbar of Chiefs and Queens’ was held at Broadwater Farm Community Centre, Adams Road in London. Ghana Society UK, Ghana Union UK organised the commemorations which was supported by Ghana High Commission UK and sponsored by Diaspora Insurance.
It was a display of colourful traditions and culture. The last time an event like this took place in the UK to bring together all traditional rulers was some two decades ago.
The occasion was opened by prayers from various religious groups in the country: the Nananom , Islam prayer by Saranuijar Hajara Hajia Shardow and the Christian prayer led by Archbishop Kweku Frimpong Manso.
An address delivered by the Deputy High Commissioner Her Excellency Madam Rita Tani Iddi admonished the Ghanaian community in the UK to embrace their culture, traditions; our real identity as Ghanaians. She also charged the Nananom to do their bit in promoting the Ghanaian culture and heritage in their communities. We should try to live in harmony and bring all Ghanaians in the UK under one umbrella to showcase to the rest of the world our rich culture. She extended the President of Ghana’s felicitation to all Ghanaians living in the UK and their contribution to the building of the nation.
The chairman of Ghana Union UK Mr Emmanuel Quayson presented an award to Saranuijar Hajara Hajia Shardow for her immense contribution and unflinching support to the whole Ghanaian community in the UK.
There was a launching of ‘Kent Fest’ by Cllr Maria Lovell the Chairperson of Ghana society UK and the CEO of National Commission of Culture Madam Edna Nyame. The Kent Fest will be celebrated in the UK to showcase and exhibit the beautiful Ghana made smocks and Kente.
Guests in attendance were treated to Ghanaian cuisines, drinks and rich traditional poetry, choral songs, African Saxo Jazz and acrobatic displays.
This event was spearheaded and put together by the Chairman of the Ghana Union UK Mr Emmanuel Quayson. In his closing remarks Mr Quayson thanked the Nananom, guests and all dignitaries at the occasion for gracing the events and promised his commitment to working with the traditional rulers and to promoting the Ghanaian culture in the UK.