By Jerry Kwabena Adinkra / Photos By Oko Nyaku
On the occasion marking the 61st anniversary of Ghana’s Independence, the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mrs.Martha Ama Pobee called for a minute silence in honor of Pte. Emmanuel Mensah, the Ghanaian-born US soldier who perished in the Bronx fire trying to rescue helpless neighbors as well as the five Ghanaian nationals who also perished in the same fire.
In her role as the keynote speaker, Mrs. Pobee was addressing an assembly of members of the diplomatic corps, Ghanaians and friends of Ghana in New York and Tri-State area who gathered at a colorful reception at the Residency in New Rochelle, New York. She said the task of building Ghana is a collective responsibility, and thus the fate of the nation rests with every Ghanaian. To reflect this she revealed that the theme chosen for the 61st Independence anniversary celebration is “Ghana beyond Aid”, a good reflection of the government’s policies towards achieving self-reliance as a nation.
She also paid glowing tribute to the bravery of the Ghanaian as exhibited by Pte. Mensah. The event was also attended by Mr. Kwabena Mensah the Father of Pte. Emmanuel Mensah as well as a cross section of the Ghanaian community in the Tri-State area. Notable representations included the Ghanaian Lawyers Association, USA, the National Council of Ghana Associations (NCOGA) , the Ghanaian Engineers & Architects Association of America ( GEAAA), the National Ghana Parade Council (NGPC), the Ghana Chamber of Commerce (USA) etc.