Kumasi Delegation to Charlotte
In the April of 2002, a delegation from Kumasi came to visit Charlotte. This group included Osei Poku who was the Deputy Director of Administration of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly at the time. Below is a picture of the delegation and some of our Charlotte Sister Cities supporters, volunteers and board members welcoming the group to the city and enjoying dinner together at a popular locally owned Ghanaian restaurant in Charlotte.
Provided by Tracey Trimble, Charlotte Sister Cities
Mr. Kwaku Osei-Poku along with Denise Hockaday (former Kumasi Committee Chair), and CSC Representatives
Kumasi - Charlotte Relationship Timeline
Winter 2010 – Males Place trip from Charlotte to Ghana features Kumasi
Spring 2008 – Presentation about Kumasi at the Main Library (part of the International Partnerships series)
January 2007 and 2008 – Kumasi Committee members present to CMS middle school students studying African culture.
2007 – Fifty year Anniversary of Ghana - On March 6, 1957, Ghana became the first country in Africa south of the Sahara to gain independence from colonial rule. Year-long activities in Ghana marking the Golden Jubilee will focus on Ghana’s achievements and its numerous developmental opportunities. Local Ghanaians planned their own celebrations and Ahmad Daniels was asked to bring remarks at a March 31 event in recognition of Ghana’s independence. It is worth noting that 2007 also marks the 200th anniversary of the cessation of the United Kingdom’s role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
2006 and annually through 2008 – “A Taste of Ghana” food and fashion show at the Afro American Cultural Center Family Day celebration.
March 5, 2005 – The Ghana National Association of the Carolinas holds a 48th Independence Celebration in Charlotte that features cultural dancing, music, and films.
April 5 – 12, 2003 – A six-member delegation visits from Kumasi to meet with businesses in the region.
September 3, 2002 – The Kumasi Committee of Charlotte submits a proposal to combat the threat of AIDS in Kumasi to create an educational and preventive program.
March 24 – April 2, 2002 – Visit from a Kumasi group, including Osei Poku, Deputy Director of Administration of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.
November 11 – 21, 2004 - Christopher Boakye becomes the first resident of Kumasi to show his craft at the Southern Christmas Show. He makes macramé wall hangings and furnishings.
August 27, 2001 – A grant proposal to create improved interaction between Charlotte and Kumasi is submitted. The proposal includes youth and business development, as well as an artist exchange.
2001 – The city raises money for the Kumasi Children’s Home through various fundraisers, including a fashion show.
March 2000 – Charlotte and Kumasi participate in a medical exchange.
August 1999 – Aprella Bridges travels to Kumasi to learn about doing a medical exchange with the city.
October 1998 – Lukman Salifu, a member of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, visits Charlotte.
August 7 – 16, 1997 – A group from Charlotte travels to Kumasi.
Summer 1997 – North Carolina State students from the School of Design study in Kumasi. N.C. State begins offering summer, semester, and yearlong study opportunities at the University of Ghana.
October 1996 – Writer John “Sly” Hutchinson visits from Kumasi.
August 12, 1995 – The Sister Cities Agreement is signed.
August 10 – 17, 1995 – The official mayor visit from Charlotte to Kumasi occurs.
August 6 – 16, 1995 – A group travels to Kumasi for the Silver Jubilee Celebration.
October 10, 1994 – The Sister Cities Committee asks city council to approve Kumasi as a sister city.
1994 – A task force is created to find an African sister city for Charlotte with support from Congressman Mel Watts.