The Embassy of Ghana in the USA is today hosting a virtual concert as part of efforts to raise funds in support of the fight against COVID-19.
The fundraising is an initiative of the Embassy in partnership with US-based Ghanaian Churches, professional medical associations as well as the Council of Ghanaian Associations in the USA and in other countries.
Artistes billed to perform at the concert include Joe Mettle, Jeshurun Okyere, Cwesi Oteng, Bisa Kdei and Okyeame Kwame, among many others and will be co-hosted by Gospel Musician Sonnie Badu and Ghana’s Ambassador to the USA His Excellency Dr Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah.
“Join the Embassy of Ghana, USA, on Friday, May 1, 2020, for a Virtual Concert to raise funds to support the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana, and to support Ghanaians in the US who have been affected as well. The Virtual Concert will broadcast LIVE on GHONE TV and its affiliate social media pages as well as the Embassy’s Facebook page at 3:30 PM EST | 7:30 PM GMT| 8:30 PM BST,” one of a series of posts on the Facebook post of the Embassy read.
Many artists including rapper, Sarkodie and Reggae-Dancehall musician, Stonebwoy have taken to their social media platforms to endorse the event which seeks to unite the country to achieve a common goal.
In a Twitter video, Sarkodie urged all Ghanaians to rally behind the fundraising idea for the good of the country.
“I was on the phone with the Ghana Embassy here in the States, in DC, and they have this initiative which I totally endorse. So the Ghana embassy has partnered with the US-based churches, professional medical associations, the Ghana council across the US and in other countries and the purpose is for them to raise funds to fight against COVID-19 and to support Ghanaians in Ghana and out here in the states so I don’t see this to be a political thing, it’s uniting Ghanaians all over the world to support fight this pandemic especially back home
“The funds being raised will be going towards improving the health care system, either by supporting health care infrastructure, buying modern equipment that Ghanaians will need to fight this, we have Ghanaians who have lost their relatives here in the states as well and the funds is supposed to help these people so the embassy is calling on Ghanaians to come together and support with just 20 dollars each from all of us. Some people have done donations already, myself, Sarkcess music, we have given as well but we are also urging everyone out there, Ghanaians, even if you’re not Ghanaian if you’re a Ghanaian in the diaspora try to support this with just 20 dollars for us to fight COVID-19,” he said in the footage seen by ABC News.
Partners of the fundraising include the Ghana Mission in New York, Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation, Ghanaian Public Health Association, USA, Ghanaian Pharmacists Association N.A, North America Ghana Nurses Foundation as well as The Church of Pentecost USA INC (COPUSA INC).
Other partners include North America Ghanaian Seventh-Day Adventists, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, North America/Australian Presbytery, International Central Gospel Church (ICCG), USA, Roman Catholic Church, USA, the Council of Ghanaian Associations of the Washington Metro Area, Ghana Association of Medical Aid and Association of Ghanaian Advanced Practice Nurses Abroad (AGAPNA).