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Pope Bitterz D'Alomo
11th September 2012, 02:33 AM


The first-ever African Day Parade in New York City was held recently to, among other things, showcase the richness and diversity of African culture while reviving the culture and traditions of the continent with which some Africans in the

Diaspora are fast losing touch.

The event was organized under the auspices of the African Friends of United States, (AFUS) which was founded by Prince Sampson Af-
riyie Fontomfrom, also known as
the “Prince of Africa,” an icon and promoter of African culture in the US and the group’s president.

AFUS officials who worked tirelessly with the president to bring the day to pass include, Mr. Geoffrey Atkins, Board Secretary/Member, Mr. Allen Carlton, Board Member, Mr. Robert Frith, Media Contact Person, Mr. Dickson Boamah, Cultural Adviser, Mr. Theophilus Agbovi, General Manager, AFUS Secretariat and Mr. Ramond Eduful, Youth Director and Contact Person for the Washington Chapter.

The parade which took off from 124th Street and Morning Side Avenue in Manhattan, was meant to bring to- gether Africans from all the 55 coun- tries of the continent in a big carnival through some designated streets of Manhattan. To that end AFUS offi- cials met with Permanent Represen- tatives of the various African missions at the United Nations prior to the D-Day, and urged them to whip up interest in the program among their people and drum up support for it.

Through the African Union the representatives agreed to undertake that assignment with a letter pledg- ing their assistance in that direction. Unfortunately, only a few countries, including Botswana, Uganda, Egypt, South Africa and Ethiopia showed up for the event whose Grand Marshall was Mr. Charles T. Ntwaagae, Botswa- na’s Ambassador to the UN.

However, whatever disappointment spectators might have had about par- ticipation was soon forgotten as the Ghanaian contingent, led by Prince Afriyie Fontomfrom, set the program agog with a display of authentic African culture and tradition in the Ghanaian vein.

Richly adorned with an intricately woven and exquisite kente cloth with gold ornaments all over his body and riding in a palanquin, the “Prince,” followed by a band of cultural drum- mers and dancers, and dancing aloft, lit up the parade as he and his retinue showcased the royalty, pomp and pageantry that is synonymous with Ghanaian chiefs.

As he stepped out of the palanquin at the parade review stand at 112nd Street, two female traditional danc- ers from the cultural troupe, in full traditional costume, danced towards him and beckoned him to show his dancing skill, and he obliged them as custom demands, drawing applaus-

At one point, one of the police of- ficers detailed to ensure security and safety, doffed his cap to the “Prince” in reverent admiration of his display.

In an interview with RockMeAfrica, one of the media sponsors of the event, Prince Afriyie Fontomfrom said he was glad that at long last, the African Day Parade had taken off and finally become a reality after many years of negotiating with New York City officials to get approval for it.

He said the event had come to stay and expressed the hope that in future, beginning from next year, many more countries would show interest by par- ticipating in their numbers to make the occasion bigger and better. That way, he said Africans in New York would be able to contribute to the improvement of the city’s image as a tourist destination.

Prince Afriyie Fontomfrom appealed to money transfer companies like the Western Union, Moneygram and Family Link whose services are highly patronized by many.