Representing Asanteman in Chicago since 1960.
Asanteman Association of Chicago & Midwest (AACM), is a Non-Profit Organization under the custodian of Nana Addai Baffour, Asantefuohene (Chief & President) and Nana Abena Amponsah, Asantefuohemaa (Queenmother). A part of the organization’s mission is to serve as the foundation for promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship and accomplishment among Asantefuo and contribute to the development of Ashanti region and Ghana as a whole. AACM provides avenues for the cooperation with other associations and organizations on matters of common interest. The logo of the Association is the proverbial porcupine, (Kotoko) in Akan. The Akan people are a met-ethnicity living in the southern region of Ghana, that have maintained their indigenous languages and which has not been influenced so much by Western culture. The Asante Empire was an Akan empire and kingdom from 1701 to 1957, in what is now modern-day Ghana. It expanded from Ashanti to include the Brong-Ahafo Region, Central Region, Eastern Region, Greater Accra Region and Western Region of present-day Ghana. In 2018, AACM adopted the K2 Maternity Ward at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. All proceeds from the Asenteman Association annual Kente Dinner Dance Fundraiser have been donated to the K2 Maternity Ward for renovation and medical equipment and supply purchase. AACM is a proud member of the Asanteman Council of North America (ACONA), the umbrella organization that coordinates the activities of the various Asanteman associations in North America which comprises the United States and Canada. AACM actively participates in the annual convention organized by ACONA called The Asante Day.
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AACM’s mission is to foster unity among Asantefuo in consonance with the cultural diversity of Ghana, recognize and preserve the chieftaincy and the Asante cultural systems.