On Tuesday, September 14, a group of media personnel based in the United States paid a courtesy call on Her Excellency Hajia Alima Mahama to welcome her as the new Ambassador of Ghana to the United States.
The media personnel brought along some community leaders and partners to introduce them to the new Ambassador.
The organizers of the maiden edition of African Most beautiful Pageant in the United States accompanied the delegation with the top three beauty queens. Ambassador Hajia welcomed the delegation heartily to the Chancery of the Embassy of Ghana in Washington DC with her staff.
H.E Hajia Alima implored the group to continue carrying the flag of Ghana high in their endeavors and most importantly explore areas of investment in Ghana as the country abounds with resources and has huge investment potential. She pledged to do the best for the Ghanaian communities by making her office accessible to all. She also pledged her commitment in the short-term to streamline the various visa and passport issues challenging prospective visitors to Ghana.
H.E. Hajia Alima continued that, Ghana is currently transitioning to biometric passports as such there is a big backlog of passports that needs to be issued since capturing of fingerprints has come to be part of the process. She told the delegation that the Embassy has increased the processing of about 40 visas a day to 150 now. She was very hopeful that by the end of the year the backlog would be cleared.
George Kwasi Bright, the editor and publisher of the Afrikan Post who led the delegation expressed his profound appreciation to the Government for appointing the first female Ambassador to the United States.
Being the 20th Ambassador and the first female since independence shows Ghana’s determination and resolution to change the status quo and give women the opportunity to inspire with their skills and talents. Mr. Bright on behalf of the US based media personnel pledged their support to the Ambassador to work hand in hand to bridge the gap between the Ghanaian communities and the embassy. He also asked that the media should be kept in the loop on various activities of the Government of Ghana in the United States.
Mrs. Adjoa Kyerematen representing the Ghana Diaspora Public Affairs Collective (GhanaPAC) a Public Policy and social advocacy group expressed her willingness to support the Embassy’s initiatives to attract investors to Ghana.
The three beauty queens introduced themselves to the Ambassador and each of them expressed the heartfelt inspiration they were drawing from her. Hajia encouraged them to look beyond all limits and use their talents to play meaningful roles in promoting the potentials of Ghana and Africa as a whole.
The winner of the African most beautiful pageant Ms. Christell Awa a Congolese national extolled the virtues of the female Ambassador and promised to consult her in her reign as African Most beautiful USA. The two runners up from Ghana were Priscilla Assifuah and Hannah Agyapong on their part made a commitment to go to Ghana to engage in projects to inspire the youth.
Nana Akosua Nkrumah Adasa III the organizer of the pageant said she used the pageant to raise funds to support the Abofrem Area Foundation as her way of giving back to the people in the Nkawie area of Ghana. She has built a school and a library in the town and continues to use such events to promote Ghana in the diaspora.
The head of Chancery at the Embassy Mrs. Genevieve Apaloo expressed her appreciation to the delegation and promised her willingness to interact with the media and the community in all areas of mutual interest. Mrs. Ninette Danquah Ivo, Minister /Counselor at the embassy on her part offered to be the link between the embassy and potential investors to Ghana.
All the members of the delegation encouraged the new Ambassador and promised to stand with her in making her duty tour a successful one.
Members of the delegation were George Kwasi Bright-Afrikan Post, Evangelist Charles Nimmo Ntiamoah Mensah of 3G media, Rev. Dr. Ebenezer Kyere Nkansah – Hope of Glory Network Radio, Gideon Aryequaye of TV 3, Charles Amponsah (Governor) of GMTV GH, Adjoa Kyerematen, Stephanie Anim-Yankah, Chief Operating Officer of GHPAC (Ghana Diaspora PAC), Frederick Appiah-The Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Assessment (CETLA) -Howard University, Nana Akosua Nkrumah Adasa III, President of Abofrem Area Foundation, Dr. Manfred Takyi , The CEO of Joy Dadi Bitters and his deputy, Kojo Opoku Reeves (Heritage Village Foundation), and Ghanaian actor, Samuel K. K. Karikari aka Koofori