11 April, 2007
Abusua kesse Showcase Asante Royalty in Canada
In a sold-out kente/black-tie gala night to mark Ghana's 50th independence
anniversary at the Bonsor Recreational Centre on March 24, the Abusua kesse (The
Big Family) Cultural Association of British Columbia treated the more than 400
audience to a thrilling and rollicking enactment of the Asante royalty.
In a dramatic showcase displaying a mixture of adowa dancing, royal
procession, a durbar (a community meeting) and a rendition of the essence of the
Asante royalty by the linguist or spokesman, Abusua kesse (the Big Family)
entertained the party-goers with what one Kwantlen University College faculty
described as "a splendid eye-opener."
The gala night attracted federal, provincial and city politicians, including, $
Sav Dhaliwal Acting Mayor of the city of Burnaby, Bill Siksay, MP, Burnaby,
Dave Hayer, Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and Immigration, John
Nuraney, MLA Burnaby-Willingdon, and Harry Bains, MLA for Surrey-Newton. Also
in attendance were a number of faculty, administrators and students from Kwantlen
University College, Simon Frazer University, and The University of British Columbia.
Below are scenes from the night as were captured by our photographers, Terry
Phillips, Asif Patel and Sukhman Dhaliwal.
The King, "Nana" acknowledges to cheers from audience
Nana and retinue display the splendor of the Asante Royalty
Royal dancers dig it!
Nana dances and is supported by his royal dancers
Mothers and children soak in the excitement of the Evening
Nana and retinue display the splendour of Asante Royalty
Nana in full regalia demonstrates to the crowd his prowess, power,
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