Mfantseman Associations of North America (MANA)
MANA is an association of persons who hail from the Central and Western Regions of Ghana but are currently living in the USA. Over the years several factors have brought many Ghanaians into the United States and Western Europe. Ghanaians, like many Africans, have very strong family ties and regardless of where they live, these ties remain strong.
It is these strong family and community ties that have led to the formation of several ethnic associations here in the USA.
It is generally believed that there are Ghanaians in every state in the USA. Recognizing the wide gap in income and wealth between Ghanaians in the Diaspora and those at home, those outside of Ghana have found it necessary to come together to harness their resources to help various home communities beyond the help individuals send to their respective families in Ghana.
By God's grace the congress is over and almost all the delegates are back home safely. There were about 18 delegates and two children from California, the largest contingent from outside Chicago. Canada was represented by seven delegates, Colorado by five, Massachusetts by three and Ohio by two. There were a few glitches regarding accommodation, locations for the two receptions and transportation but overall the Congress was a huge success.
The first guest speaker was a young medical doctor, Isaac Paintsil in Chicago. He gave a rousing address challenging us as Fanti’s to work towards transforming our two regions. The second guest speaker was Mr. Jojo Bruce-Quansah from the Ghana Embassy in Washington D.C.. He spoke about new roads and other projects that the Ghana Government has been implementing in the two regions. Our Sister, Margaret Forson, was elected Assistant Secretary for national. Ishmael Mensah of Mfantseman Kuw of California was reelected Treasurer. I am no longer the MANA national president. The new president is Mr. Richard Appoh, the president of the Fanti Benevolent Society of Chicago.
The Congress theme was "Investment Needs in the Western and Central Regions of Ghana". The Congress voted to pursue the investment program concept that has been discussed by the various affiliates during the past two years. Information will be circulated to individual members to thoroughly examine the concept and take the next appropriate actions. The executive is working on where the 2016 congress will take place and members will be notified accordingly.
Finally, we thank God for bringing us all safely back home.
Dr. Charles Blankson
President, Mfantsekuw of Southern California (MoSC)