Representing Fanti’s in Chicago since 1960.
The Fanti Benevolent Society of Metropolitan Chicago started as an organization to unite all Fanti people and their loved ones domiciled in Chicago, Illinois. Series of phone calls and meetings between Mrs. Gladys Norman, Mr. John Kofie, Mrs. Julie Kofie, Mrs. Beatrice Atiemo, the late Mrs. Catherine. Mensah, and Mr. Kwamena Buckle gave the organization its initial momentum
THE CORPORATE LEADERSHIP
The leadership of the Fanti Benevolent Society is a blend of corporate and traditional leadership. On the corporate side, the following individuals ascended to the presidency and contributed skills and talents to strengthen the organization:
The late Mr. Willie Grant-Acquah was appointed at the August 1981 meeting to be the first President, Ms. Kukua Eshun, our 2nd President, Mr. Clement Andoh, our 3rd President, Nana Kobiwa Akwa III (Mrs. Victoria Aidoo), our 4th President, Mr. Ebo Onuma, our 5th President, Mr. Pat Eghan, our 6th President, Mrs. Adelaide Grant-Acquah, our 7th President, Rev. Emmanuel Amonoo, our 8th President, Mr. John Otoo, our 9th President, Richard Appoh, our 10th President and Mr. Joseph Henry Baffoe is our 11th and current President. He has been very energetic in addressing issues and concerns of the FBS. His unique, collaborative leadership augments and accelerates the development of Fanti Benevolent Society.
“Onua Dɔ…… Onua Dɔ Yie” is a phatic communication or salutation meaning “brotherly and sisterly” love and companionship; this expression was adopted from the beginning as our formal greeting . . . and it still rings through today. The Society is strong and fervent. We have continued to keep our goals in focus, and our leaders have continued to motivate members to serve with integrity and hope. We hope our past happy memories will be a prelude to a more prosperous future.
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FBS has participated in every single event of Ghanafest to portray generally Ghanaian culture to the outside world which Chicago is noted for in the past 30 years. FBS has adopted the children’s unit of Cape Coast hospital in Ghana and committed to assisting the hospital in any way possible. In 2004, we extended our charity donations to Effia Nkwanta Hospital.
FBS has adopted the children’s unit of Cape Coast hospital in Ghana and committed to assisting the hospital in any way possible. In 2004, we extended our charity donations to Effia Nkwanta Hospital.