2009 CEANA Convention Communique
The 16th Annual CEANA Convention took place in
Atlanta Georgia, at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel
Atlanta Airport from September 2nd to Sept 6th 2009.
The theme for this year’s Convention was “Tertiary
Education in Eweland – Focusing on support for
Evangelical Presbyterian University and Equipping
Secondary Schools with Digital Library”.
Mr. Samuel Sapari, the President of CEANA and Ms.
Ivy Quarshie, Executive Director welcomed and
commended the efforts of the delegates in coming to
the convention in spite of the current economic
climate. They observed that the success of the
convention is a testament or a reflection of their
continuous commitment, dedication and love for
Eweland. They also expressed their gratitude to the
planning committee in Atlanta for assisting in
organizing the convention.
The Executive Director acknowledged the presence of
the following distinguished guests: Keynote Speaker,
Honorable Joseph Amenowode - Volta Regional
Minister, Dr. PadmoreAgbemabiese of Ohio State
University, featured speaker, Honorable Elvis Ankrah,
Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural
Development and five visiting Members of Parliament:
Honorable LasseyAgbenyefia, Honorable Emmanuel
Bedzrah, Honorable Albert Zigah, Honorable Emmanuel
Didieye and District Chief Executive of Kpando
District, Francis Ganyaglo. In brief statements by
each one of them, they commended CEANA for its good
works and urged delegates to assist in the
development of their respective towns and villages.
Dr. PadmoreAgbemabiese in his presentation provided
a compelling rationale for establishing a university
in the Volta Region. He also inspired the delegates
with proverbs, intriguing talks of wisdom and
lessons learned from his grandmother. The Speech is
available on CEANA’s site at (www.ceanonline.org)
The evening banquet provided a unique opportunity to
showcase Ewe culture to the world. This well
attended formal event further reinforced the theme
hitherto prevailing in the mouths of all who were
there. The Honorable Joseph Amenowode, the Volta
Regional Minister in his the keynote speech,
highlighted some of the opportunities that exist in
the Volta Region and urged delegates to invite
investors to take advantage of these opportunities.
He congratulated and encouraged CEANA for its
perseverance and consistency despite the numerous
setbacks that it faced. He thanked CEANA for its
collaboration with APEEDEC in putting up a 3unit
classroom block for junior secondary school in the
A special fundraising in aid of CEANA projects was
launched by Dr. PadmoreAgbemabiese. Ably supported
by Mr. KoblaAgbanyo, new star club members were
inducted and Mr. Edwin Agbonyitor of Volta Club,
Washington, D.C assumed the office of CEANA
president. In his acceptance speech, he thanked
members for the honor bestowed on him and pledged to
work with the Secretariat and COR in order to move
CEANA’s agenda forward.
On Sunday, September 6th, members attended a
non-denominational church service. In the afternoon,
delegates gathered at the Grant Park near the
Atlanta Zoo for a picnic. The culinary skills of our
women were on full display as there was no shortage
of food at the park. On the following day, all
delegates returned to their various destinations
across North America, Canada, Ghana and Europe with
a renewed sense of unity, friendship, collaboration
and better insight into the obstacles to growth and
the need for tertiary education in Eweland. At the
end of their deliberations, Council of
Representatives (COR) made the following decisions
for the 2009-2010 financial years.
1. COR agreed to continue with the Sovie project and
bring it to completion.
2. Six new scholarships for the year 2010 were
awarded to deserving students.
3. To complete shipment of the eGranary and digital
library to Volta Region by the end of the year.
4. To Elect new officers for the CEANA secretariat
5. Volta Club, Washington, DC will host the 17th
annual CEANA convention in 2010.
6. Associations to host subsequent conventions over
a period of years were selected.
The current President of CEANA, Mr. Edwin Agbonyitor,
COR and the Secretariat are very grateful to all
delegates and friends of CEANA for making the
Atlanta convention a successful one. Special thanks
also go to those associations and individuals who
advertised in our journal.