Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi
Friends of Nana Akufo-Addo, United States of America branch (FONAA-USA), was officially inaugurated on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at a heavily attended fundraising dinner at the A & C Banquet Hall in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA.
Within 25 minutes of appeals, the event had raised $35,000, with other members making pledges.
‘As you can see, the gathering here is not just NPP members and sympathizers; but we also have in our midst many Ghanaians here in the US who ordinarily care very little about partisan politics in Ghana. But they are saying today, ‘our nation is going down. We have heard Akufo-Addo’s vision for Ghana and we want to help him succeed,’” said Ms Aisha Salifu, Co-Coordinator of FONAA-USA.
The audience were inspired by motivational speeches by London-based business consultant and founder of Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko; NPP Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi; Ms Freda Prempeh, Member of Parliament for Tano North and her colleague, Ms Adwoa Safo, MP, Dome Kwabenya.
Ghanaians from various states converged to contribute towards Akufo-Addo’s intention to rescue Ghana on the ticket of the NPP in 2016. The NPP holds its presidential primary to choose a standard bearer on October 18.
Co-Coordinator of the fully incorporated group, Dr. Philip Barnor of Tennessee said, “People were donating as much as $5,000 each. That is remarkable and a very positive start. What was even telling was a student who contributed $50 saying, ‘I don’t have much but I want to play my part to get rid of the NDC and get Ghana working again under a competent government that will come in to serve.’ I think that is the kind of spirit of volunteerism which will be driving the NPP onto victory in 2016. Ghanaians are simply fed up with the NDC government and they all want to get involved.”
He added, “It is not all about raising money. It is also about adopting constituencies and supporting them. FONAA-USA wants to play a strategic role in pushing Nana Akufo-Addo’s message of building a one Ghana. We want to de-tribalise politics in Ghana and will come up with strategies and programmes to help to achieve this goal.”
Influential chief and respected community leader in the Washington Metro Area, Nana Kofi Boateng, who chaired the function, admonished members of FONAA-USA to adopt a ‘win win’ approach, open their doors wide to every Ghanaian and be proactive in reaching out to everybody.
The chartered accountant described Nana Akufo-Addo as the man with the plan and commitment to transform Ghana and that Ghanaians were clear in their minds that he could bring the nation back onto the path of prosperity, if given the chance.
The NPP-USA branch chairman, Nana Adjei Yeboah, said as branch executives, their job was to be objective in an internal contest; but they were always happy to support and encourage any voluntary groups supporting the efforts of presidential candidates of the party.
Elections conducted at the end of the event saw Dr. Kofi Nsiah Peprah and Prince Osei Bonsu being elected Secretary and PRO, respectively.
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