Kwame Nkrumah said it best when he spoke of the undeniable connection we as Africans born in or out of Africa have to our motherland. It is this connection that steered the founding of the National Ghana Parade Council (NGPC), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2008 by Samuel Aboah. Inspired by events commemorating Ghana’s 50th Anniversary in 2008, NGPC sought to establish as an annual event a day that New Yorkers would celebrate Ghanaian heritage and culture for generations to come.
A year on, the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr declared August 19, 2009 'Ghana Parade Day'.
From Ghana Parade Day to Ghana Fest-NY
Ghana Parade Day has since been held in August and has grown beyond a parade into a festival bringing together New Yorkers, visitors to the city, and Ghanaians from across the New York metropolitan area and further afield to revel in the sounds, sights, and delicacies that are hallmarks of the Ghanaian culture.
The event, Ghana Fest-NY celebrates Ghanaians and Ghanaian-Americans making positive contributions across a wide range of fields – science, business, the arts, entertainment, community service, sports, among others – inspiring future generations to new heights.
In addition to Ghana Fest-NY, the National Ghana Parade Council promotes year-round events that empower Ghanaians across all ages. NGPC welcomes the opportunity to develop and forge alliances with other African communities and organizations across and beyond the shores of the United States with an interest in investing in and promoting the Ghanaian community.