The 18th annual Council of
Ewe Associations of North America (CEANA) convention
took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from
September 2nd through September 5th 2011 at Toronto
Airport Marriott, 901 Dixon Rd, Toronto, Ontario,
Canada. The theme for this year’s culturally filled
Convention was "Empowering Women through Education”.
The convention kicked off with the arrival of
delegates from the Diaspora on from Thursday,
September 1, 2011. Friday September 2nd, 2011
morning started with a meeting of the Council of
Representatives (COR) presided by the outgoing
president of CEANA Mr. KuesiAmegah-Wovoe and the
Executive Director Mr. William Adzimahe. The
afternoon went on with a tour and site seeing to the
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and the evening
crowned with a cultural show by the youth group.
Saturday, September 3, 2011, started with the
general convention with presentations from the guest
speakers followed by a health seminar by the
Canadian Cancer Society. The evening banquet and
dance opened with cultural performance and welcoming
of an entourage of the Paramount Chief
TogbuigahNoagbey of Avate, Senu III, Mama Sebeso IV
from Agotime, Mama Kwada from Avate and her chief
linguist and local chiefs of North of America, The
Volta Regional Minister Hon Joseph Amenorwode, Hon
Mrs. Juliana Azuma Mensah, Minister of Women and
Children. Among the guest was Mrs. Margaret Korto,
COR members and their families. This was followed by
dining and dancing at intervals along with
presentations from guest speakers. The evening ended
with handing over the CEANA stool and torch to the
Ewe Assoc of Houston, Texas who would be the CEANA
2012 convention host.
Sunday, September 4, 2011 activities started with a
well attendednon denominational church service and
continued with a picnic at the Mississauga Park.
After dancing, socializing and celebrating the Ewe
Speaking Communities in the North America it was
time to unwind from the day’s busy activities which
made time for MiseGli loo.
Convention attendants returned to their various
destinations on Monday September 5, 2011.
Other activities that came on during the Saturday
night included fund raising for the STAR fund
program to raise funds for scholarship that would
extend to secondary school students in Ghana, Togo,
In sum, the convention can be termed a success,
judging from the hospitality shown us and response
we’ve been getting from people across the globe.
With the exception of the technical and logistical
difficulties encountered during the dinner dance,
all other scheduled events were a huge success. The
CEANA Secretariat, COR and the Ewe Canadian Cultural
Organization of Ontario (ECCOO) would like to thank
the Canadian Cancer Society, all well wishers and
sympathizers for their support, advice and most
importantly, their confidence in our efforts to
provide a better future for the Eweland.
The next CEANA Convention will be held in Houston
Texas in September 2012. "Mia do go le