Short history about the foundation of
Ghana Union Kiel Schleswig-Holstein e.V.
It all started when Mr. Emmanuel Ossei-Wusu realized that there was strong disunity among Ghanaians in Kiel and Schleswig-Holstein as a whole. He came up with the idea to found Ghana Union Association which is going to be the FIRST of its kind in Schleswig-Holstein region.
This was when Ossei-Wusu was invited by Mr. Anthony Darkwah (a.k.a. Mr. Tony) to take part in the one-week
celebration of Agya Kwame Oppong (may his soul rest in peace) in June, 2017. According to Ossei-Wusu, he was a little bit reluctant to attend because he usually devote Sundays to his family.
Nevertheless, he asked permission from his wife, Betty Ossei-Wusu and son, Emmet Ossei-Wusu and attended the said occasion. During the one week celebration, Ossei-Wusu realised those gathered
there were members of the burial and funeral planning committee. Automatically, he became part of the committee and documented all the necessary points discussed. He relayed information to all
the members of the committee on daily bases.
The strong divisions among Ghanaians came as a huge surprise to him. So he asked himself, what was
going on? Why such a division? It was as part of his search for answers that Ossei-Wusu came up with the idea to found a Ghana Union Kiel Schleswig-Holstein (GUKSH) as an association. The basic
objective of the union was to foster unity among Ghanaians in Schleswig-Holstein as it can be observe in the emblem and motto of the Union. Obviously, as someone who has experience in organising
and leading associations of different categories and at different levels, Ossei-Wusu knew the magnitude of work involved with no remuneration. Therefore, it was very important and prudent to
discuss the idea with his family as he will use most of his time for the association. After long discussions, both agreed that Emmanuel should go ahead with the help of others to form the
Union. He therefore informed some elderly people about his idea to form Ghana Union Kiel Schleswig-Holstein, and they all agreed to it. These people who
Ossei-Wusu refers to as PIONEERS of the Union include the
funeral committee members; Mr. Agyenim Boateng, Mr. Kwame Appiah, Mr. Anthony Darkwah, Madam Elizabeth Baier (nee´ Aggrey), Mr. Bright Ofosu, Madam Elizabeth Ofosu, Mr. Ebenezer Amegbe and Madam Agnes
Oppong. He respects these great men and women and their
contributions to the development of the Union.
Madam Agnes Oppong
Madam Elizabeth Baier
and former Welfare committee member)
Mr. Ebenezer Amegbe (Pioneer)
Mr. Anthony Darkwah
and former Organising Secretary)
Mr. Agyenim Boateng(Pioneer)
Mr. Kwame Appiah(Pioneer)
Mr. Bright Ofosu(Pioneer
and former Welfare committee member)
Madam Elizabeth Ofosu(Pioneer)
The rest are Daddy Boat, Kingsley Addae, Felicia Otapa,
Sandra Enyonam, Lewis, Kwaku Safo, Blankson Boampong, Daniel Agyei Brako, Tina Hansen Brako, Eunice Bonsu, Fransisca Antwi, Sarah Adorkor, and many more. This led to the first general meeting of
the NEWLY formed Ghanaian Association on 8th. July, 2017 and was attended by
almost 30 people. Although Emmanuel Ossei-Wusu brought the idea of the formation of the Ghana Union Kiel Schleswig-Holstein e.V. (GUKSH), the association does not belong to him and his family, but belongs to all of us. Based on a special request, those present
confirmed the following people as interim executives and welfare committee members.
Emmanuel Ossei-Wusu (Founder and President)
Daniel Adjei Brako (Vice-President)
Aaronica Ama Addo (Secretary, was confirmed later)
Eunice Bonsu (Treasurer)
Anthony Darkwah (Organising Secretary)
Interim welfare committee members:
Gabriel Afotey Quaye (chairman)
Fransisca Antwi (member)
Daniel Kwame Gborfu (member)
Elizabeth Baier (member)
Bright Ofosu (member)
Blankson Boampong (member)
See the protocol for the full discussion we held on that day.
Ossei-Wusu was given the task to contact other Ghanaians who could not attend the meeting due to lack of
information. He accepted the huge task with his whole heart. First, a WhatsApp platform was generated for the Union. Ossei-Wusu then called over 150 people on telephone to inform them about the
association. It didn’t end there. In order to spread the message more effectively to the Ghanaian community, Ossei-Wusu accompanied by his wife, Betty and son, Emmet took upon themselves and
visited various churches, religious gatherings and other events in Kiel and it's environs. This helped to spread the the message to lots of Ghanaians who couldn't be reach on phone.
Meanwhile, upon the advise of some people, Ossei-Wusu contacted Madam Rose Sekoh to assist the union to acquire a permanent place for it's general meetings. She didn't hesitate at all and helped us with application to the city of Kiel for a meeting place at the “Jugendtreff Ellerbek at Hangstr. 59, 24148 Kiel which has been the meeting place of the union up to date. Thank you so much Madam Sekoh.
Unfortunately, as the organization took off, some of the “elders” became passive which made the work very difficult. Most of the members of the welfare committee terminated their service and it was completely depleted. However, the executives were encouraged not to give up but hold on to the task. The good thing was that, some of the “new” members became very active, sacrificed their family, time, work, etc. for the development of the union. To those people we say Kudos to you all.
With all these challenges, the union was able to organise it's first ever end-of-year party on 30.12.2017. The success of the party will be accredited to the welfare committee led by it's chairman, Mr. Gabriel Afotey Quaye, Mrs. Fransisca Antwi, Mr. Daniel Kwame Gborfu, Madam Elizabeth Baier, Mr. Bright Ofosu, Mr. Blankson Boampong and Alhaji Mustapha Ibrahim. The rest are Madam Sandra Enyonam (decoration), Mr. Evans Capore (main sponsor), Daddy Boat (MC), the entire executives, and many others.
Meanwhile, Ossei-Wusu has finished drafting the constitution for the association which was a pre-requisite
for it’s registration in the court of law. He handled it over to an ad-hoc committee, which was comprised of Evans Capore, Rose Sekoh and Henry Ben-Acquaah to edit and make recommendations.
Finally, Mr. Wilfried Saust (chairman of both Europa Union Kiel e.V. and Arbeitsgemeinschaft-Kieler-Auslandsvereine e.V. (A.K.A.)) helped to refined the constitution. After almost nine months
since the first general meeting of the union, the association was officially registered on 29.05.2018 with the name
“Ghana Union Kiel Schleswig-Holstein e.V. (GUKSH)“ and
registration number VR 6752 KI from Amtsgericht Kiel”
The seven (7) members who stood in for the registration as demanded by the German law
are: Emmanuel Ossei-Wusu, Daniel Adjei Brako, Aaronica Ama Addo, Eunice Bonsu, Anthony Darkwah, Evans Capore, and Gabriel Afotey Quaye.
As of the time of registration of the union, the structures of the Union were as follows;
Since January, 2018: Member of Forum für Migrant*innen Kiel
Since January, 2018: Member of Arbeitsgemeinschaft Kieler Auslandsvereine (AKA) and Europa-Union Schleswig-Holstein e.V.
Since July, 2018: Member of Union of Ghanaian Association in Germany e.V. (UGAG)
Since January, 2019: Member of Bündnis Eine Welt Schleswig-Holstein e.V. (BEI)
GUKSH e.V. anthem
Written and composed by: Henry Martin Ben-Acquaah
Edited by: Emmanuel Ossei-Wusu
On behalf of the entire members and executives of the “Ghana Union Kiel Schleswig-Holstein e.V. (GUKSH)“, Emmanuel Ossei-Wusu extend his gratitude to all members of the union for the success we have achieved together. He also acknowledge his predecessors such Pastor Emmanuel Edusei-Berko, who were also worried about the divisions among the Ghanaian community.
GOD BLESS US ALL and Together, We Shall Surely Succeed.
Thank you so much.