2012 CEANA Convention
The 19th Annual Convention
of The Council of Ewe Associations of North America
(CEANA) took place in Houston, TX, from August 31 -
September 2, 2012 at the Houston Marriott Westchase
Hotel, 2900 Briarpark Dr. The theme for the 2012
Convention was “Youth education and
Entrepreneurship: The Engine for the Economic
Empowerment of Eweland.”
The program started on Friday, August 31, 2012, with
the board meeting of the Council of Representatives
(COR) which was presided over by Dr. Peter Nat
Abotchie, the President of CEANA, and Mr. William
Adzimahe, the Executive Director. The President and
the Executive Director welcomed the delegates from
CEANA’s fifteen chapters, and commended the Houston
Convention Planning Committee for their effort in
executing the 2012 Convention. The Representatives
wrapped up the year’s business with the passage of
several key resolutions designed to move the
organization forward. Friday’s deliberations ended
with a thrilling fashion show and entertainment
presented by the Young Adult Group of the Ewe
Association of Houston, with support from designers
within the Houston Community.
The Saturday Morning program focused on nurturing
entrepreneurship opportunities among Eweland’s
youth. In her keynote presentation Dr. Eunice Bonsi,
a food scientist from Tuskegee University, outlined
strategies to impart entrepreneurial skills to the
youth and small-scale producers in our towns and
local communities. She emphasized enterprise
formation, business growth, dialogue, and mentorship
for young entrepreneurs. According to Dr. Bonsi,
although vision is a pre-requisite for successful
entrepreneurship, vision without commitment and
action is fruitless.
Mr. Prince Kofi Kludjeson, the Founder & CEO of
Alltel Limited and Kludjeson International Limited,
and past President of the Association of Ghanaian
Industries (AGI), called on CEANA to invest in
Eweland through youth mentorship, creation of
educational opportunities in entrepreneurship, and
the creation of an enabling environment to harness
the skills of Eweland’s educated young generation.
Drs. Mike Ashigbi (MD) and MawuliSallar (PhD) made
presentations about the common causes of serious
illness/death in our communities both in the United
States and in West Africa. Both outlined and
recommended a range of preventive services and
lifestyle changes to improve health. Mr.
KossiNutekpor, the CEO of Redemption Africa, a
charitable organization that renovates schools in
Ghana and Togo, challenged delegates and guests to
provide leadership in their communities, by taking
initiative to solve local problems. The Saturday
Banquet began with a procession of dignitaries and
chiefs whose display of the rich Ewe culture
electrified the atmosphere for the evening. The
Ghanaian Consular General and his wife, Mr. and Mrs.
Jack and Diane Webb, were in attendance. About 500
guests attended the banquet, many having arrived
from cities all over the US, Canada, Europe and
Dr. Eunice Bonsi, the keynote speaker, reminded
CEANA of “The Power of Entrepreneurship”, citing
cases from her scientific research and professional
engagements in helping farmers and small businesses
in Akatsi, Accra, Tema and Bolgatanga on how to
develop new food products, prepare business plans,
process and market products to different markets,
among other recommendations. The highlight of the
evening was a fundraising drive launched by Mr.
KoblaAgbanyo of Southern California, in aid of
CEANA’s next school building project in
Tanyigbe-Anyigbe. Late in the evening, Mr.
MacGeoffrey Kutor, President of the Ewe Association
of Chicago, the host of the 2013 CEANA Convention,
was sworn in as the new CEANA President for the next
12 months. 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. The evening program was
concluded with recognitions and awards to deserving
individuals from the Houston Planning Committee, and
to others whose years of service has made CEANA a
reputable and progressive organization.
After a non-denominational church service in the
morning of Sunday, September 2, about 550 delegates
and guests gathered at the Bear Creek Park, for a
true Texas-size picnic. The day was capped with
Misegli loo (aka Toli night) at the Marriott
Westchase Hotel. Delegates and guests have since
returned to their various destinations across North
America, Ghana and Europe. They left with a renewed
sense of unity, collaboration and dedication to
nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship among
Eweland’s youth, assist development projects, and
become catalysts for the social and economic
development of the region.
At the end of the deliberations, the CEANA Council
of Representatives (COR);
1. Resolved to adopt a new system of electing the
CEANA President for periods of three years.
2. Resolved to start the Tanyigbe School project, by
allocating funds for the building.
3. Approved additional scholarship coordinators for
Togo and Benin.
4. Approved criteria for CEANA Scholarship
recipients in Ghana, Togo and Benin.
5. Admitted a new chapter, Ewe Association of
Charlotte, North Carolina, into CEANA.
6. Approved Ewe Association of Chicago as the hosts
of the 20th Annual CEANA Convention in 2013.
The current President of CEANA, Mr. MacGeoffrey
Kutor, members of the Council of Representatives (COR),
and the Secretariat are very grateful to all
delegates and convention attendees and friends of
CEANA for making the Houston Convention a success.
Special thanks go to all Businesses, Associations,
Organizations, and individuals who advertised in the
2012 CEANA Magazine. Appreciation goes to members of
the Ewe Association of Houston, especially Ms.
Hannah Affram and Mr. Stephen Wemegah whose
extraordinary contributions helped Dr. Abotchie to
organize a successful 2012 Convention.