2015 CEANA Convention
The Council of Ewe
Associations of North America (CEANA) celebrated
their 22nd annual convention on Labor Day Weekend,
September 4-7, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in
Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The theme, "Creating
Investment Opportunities and Human Capital
Development in Eweland", was selected to address
educational and healthcare challenges that currently
face the people of Eweland. The convention focused
on raising funds for the various projects and
programs of CEANA, including scholarship awards to
High School students in Ghana, Togo and Benin.
The CEANA delegates conference kicked off on Friday,
September 4th, with representatives from 17 Member
Associations from cities across the United States
and Canada. Mr. KoblaDorku, the Vice-President of
CEANA, opened the conference with a welcome message
to the delegates, while the CEANA President, Dr.
Peter Nat Abotchie, handled the agenda for the
morning which included a review of activities for
the year, approval of project reports and budget.
The evening was capped with a recounting of the
history of Eweland, a cultural performance and
fashion show by NovinyoHabobo of Delaware Valley.
The general conference on Saturday, September 5th,
featured Mrs. Evelyn Dormekpor who shared research
findings on gender disparities in poverty incidence
and strategies to assist Ewe communities to adopt
poverty reduction initiatives. Dr. William Adufutse
shared a compelling strategy for encouraging
leadership development with a view to nurturing the
entrepreneurship required for Eweland's development.
Mrs. Sylvia Morrison, a queen mother and the
director of a charitable organization (www.linksacrossborders.com)
with active presence in Ghana, spoke passionately
about the power of organized groups to initiate and
achieve change and community development. She shared
her experiences about the implementation of
community projects in Ghana, and also made
recommendations on how CEANA could make significant
achievements through internally-generated resources.
Mr. MawuliAgbenu, a former CEANA Executive, served
as the MC for the Saturday evening banquet. The
evening which proceeded with performances by
NorvinyoHabobo Cultural Group under the guidance of
Professor Samuel Nyamuame and Mrs. Belinda Klutsey,
showcased the unique culture of Eweland. The
procession of chiefs led by NovinyoHabobo Cultural
Group included TogbeOsieAdzatekpor VI, Paramount
Chief of Avatime Traditional area, TogbeGazari V,
Paramount Chief of Aveme Traditional Area,
TogbeTornu Yao V, Dufia of Aveme Dra, MamadzeDunyo
Queen Mother of Amanfrom (Aveme Traditional area),
TogbeAgbo of Chicago, and Mama MawutorAkabua, Togbe
Wallace Setrana, TogbeKwakuYador and Togbe Napoleon
Sefordzi, of New York
In his address for the evening, the President of
CEANA, Dr. Peter Nat Abotchie, recalled the
legislative and project accomplishments of CEANA in
the past two years, and also called on all Ewes to
regard the task of community development in Eweland
as everyone's collective responsibility. He
referenced CEANA's completed school projects in
Tanyigbe and Sovie as well as the recently completed
rehabilitation of a large clinic in Alokoegbe. He
also reminded the gathering that the future of CEANA
lay in striking partnerships and collaboration with
other charitable organizations with a view toward
making greater impact in our communities.
The highlight of the evening, the annual fundraiser
and solicitation for membership of the CEANA Star
Fund, led by Mr. William Kumah and Ms. Grace Adjovi,
drew contributions and pledges from the 700 guests
in attendance. The backdrop for the fundraiser was
provided by video footage of the completed Clinic
Rehabilitation in Alokoegbe. The evening was rounded
off with the official transfer of the mandate to
host the next CEANA Convention to Ewe Alliance of
New Jersey, led by Mama DzeDunenyo, who was sworn in
as the next Vice President of CEANA.
A well-attended non-denominational church service
was held the next morning, officiated by Rev.
Kennedy Odzafi, Rev. Dr. Peter Agbeli, Rev. Dr.
KomlanEzunkpe, Rev. Dr. James Akrong, Rev. Dr.
Dorothy Akoto, and Rev. Martin Osae. Thereafter,
convention guests converged on Cherry Hill River
Park for the annual CEANA Picnic which featured
dishes from Eweland amid agbadza and borborbor
tunes. Sunday evening was crowned with misegli loo,
a rendition of a cultural pastime of evening
story-telling. On Monday, September 7, 2014,
convention delegates and guests departed to their
various home destinations across North America,
Ghana, Togo, Benin and Europe with a renewed sense
of unity, friendship and purpose.
The following resolutions were adopted:
1. Approve 45 scholarship awards for qualified High
School students upon receipt of vetted applications.
2. Review criteria and process for award of High
School scholarships in the Volta Region.
3. Complete the remainder of the CEANA Project in
Alokoegbe and Amouzoukope.
4. Approve the next CEANA Project in Keta District
of Ghana, upon of review of the project proposal.
5. Approved Ewe Alliance of New Jersey as the host
of the 2016 CEANA Convention.
On behalf of CEANA Secretariat and the CEANA
Council, the President of CEANA, Dr. Peter Nat
Abotchie, congratulates the delegates, guests, and
NovinyoHabobo of Delaware Valley for making CEANA
2015 a success. Special appreciation goes to the
outgoing Vice-President of CEANA Mr. KoblaDorku, and
Convention Planning Chairman Patrick SenyoAdzadu,
for hosting the 2015 Convention.
Coverage was provided by Mr. Moses Afenyo and Mr.
Reuben Hadzide (Photography), and Mr. Osei (Videography).
For more information visit www.ceanaonline.org and