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Photos of George Floyd’s memorial in Ghana
Published on 2020-06-08

Some members of the Diaspora Community of Ghana (Diaspora African Forum-DAF; Universal Pan African Diaspora Coalition of Ghana-UPADCG) in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Ghana (MOTAC) Tourism Authority (GTA) have organised a memorial for African-American, George Floyd in Accra, Friday.

They converged at the W.E.B Dubois Centre in Accra to lay a wreath in solidarity with the African American community's demand for justice for the late black man whose killing by white police offices has sparked a lot of protests around the world.

Some of the personalities that were in Attendance were Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, Minister of MOTAC, H.E. Amb. Dr. Erieka Bennett, DAF head of Mission, Rabbi Kohain Halevi, Executive Director of PANAFEST and Convener of UPADCG, Akwasi Agyeman, CEO- GTA, Akwasi Ababio & Nadia Abongo, Director & Deputy Director of Diaspora Affairs Office of the President, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Omanhen of Essikado Traditional Area, H.E. Amb. Stephanie Sullivan, Embassy of USA.

The high lights of the event was Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi's invitation to the Diaspora to come home, "you do not have to stay in a place where you are not wanted"; also the placing of George Floyd's name on the Wall of the Ancestors. 

 

CEO of the Ghana Tourist Authority, (left) Mr. Akwasi Agyeman and the Chief of Esikado , Nana Kobina Nketiah

The Community laid a wreath on behalf of their members while Minister of Tourism Barbara Oteng-Gyasi also laid one on behalf of govement and Ghanaians.

The two-hour solemn ceremony had the US Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan as one of the speakers with Nana Kobina Nketiah, Chief of Esikado also taking to the podium.

 
Barbara Oteng Gasi (M) interacts with Stephanie Sullivan (L) and Ambassador Dr Erika Bennett (R) Head of Mission of the African Union Forum

CEO of the GTA said they were there to show solidarity with the grieving community because of how they honoured President Akufo-Addo’s invitation last year for the ‘Year of Retu’ program which was a huge success.

USA Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie Sullivan delivers a speechSome of the members of the Diaspora Community at the event

He said the President sent a message to the Diaspora Community of Ghana and Diaspora African Forum Ghana to commiserate with them. Also in attendance was the Chair for GTA.

Mr Agyeman pledged his outfit’s continuous support to them in order to make them feel at home.

Mr Akwsi Agyeman (3rd from R) and Nana Kobina Nketiah in a group picture with some members of the Diaspora Community

On his part, Inteational Evangelist Dr Lawrence Tetteh said the incident should be condemned in no uncertain terms since this is not the first time a black man has been murdered in such cold blood.

“We need a mass united front to win the fight against racism,” said he said.                                                                                                                                                          

Dr Lawrence TettehMinister of Tourism Barbara Oteng Gyasi , (middle)Madam Princess Ocansey of Isaac Hays Foundation, (left)

Photos of George Floyd’s memorial in Ghana

Madam Princess Ocansey of Isaac Hays Foundation, (left) grieving during the event