The GHANA NATIONAL COUNCIL (GNC) began in the 1960s as the story of the GHANA STUDENT’S UNION (GSU) of Chicago. The history continues today as the story of the Ghana National Council, now an umbrella organization of fourteen (14) affiliate Ghanaian organizations.
Acquire a Ghana Cultural Center or Ghana House where activities for the Ghanaian Community are held.
To acquire a Ghanaian Consulate for the Chicagoland area.
WHAT WE DO
Educate Ghanaian and non-Ghanaians in Ghanaian culture, music, and fashion.
Provide Ghanaians with the tools to become self-sufficient.
Educate and provide Ghanaians with affordable health & life insurance.
There are an estimated 50,000 Ghanaians living in the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs including: Chicago, Hyde Park, Calumet City, Bolingbrook, Romeoville, & Plainfield.
The History of GNC
Ghana National Council (GNC) is a community of Ghanaians that began meeting in the 1960’s as the Ghana Student’s Union; to create a home base for themselves and others that migrated from Ghana to Chicago. The council was formed to assist fellow Ghanaians and Africans with resources in citizenship, employment, housing, education, health, and fellowship.
The need for a national organization became obvious to a group of concerned Ghanaians in the mid to late 1960's.
Volunteers joined forces to set up the GSU, which immediately rallied support and goodwill in the community. Representations were established with the Ghana Government and with the Ghana Embassy in Washington.
In January of 1984, the various Ghanaian organizations in Illinois joined together and established as the Ghana National Council of Metropolitan Chicago. The council operates as a 501(c)(3) organization granted by the Internal Revenue Service.
Since then a collective of representatives from the respective affiliate community organisations collectively structure the Ghana National Council. An Organisation that has created programs and events including Ghanafest™, Ghana Independence Celebrations, Health and Wellness Fairs, Youth Back to School Conferences, Town Hall Meetings and much more.
The Ghana National Council meets every 1st Sunday of the month. The community is welcome to our monthly meetings. To become an active member of the Ghana National Council, please ensure you are an active member of one of our affiliate organisations. For more information on our affiliate organisations, please Meet the Affiliates.
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