Mayor of Cincinati, John Cranley has declared the November 17 of each year as ‘Okyeame Kwame Day’; to solemnise the status of the Hiplife artiste as an international cultural ambassador to the city.
A presentation ceremony on which took place on Monday, 21 November at the Renew Community Church saw the city mayor applauding the artiste for his unprecedented efforts at fighting Hepatitis B, an initiative which has been recognised by the Black Nurses Association.
“Now, therefore, I John Cranley Mayor of the great city of Cincinnati do hereby proclaim November 17 2016 as your day!” the mayor said.
“And we want to make sure you always come back to Cincinnati and we have an open door for you. So we’re also giving you a key to the city,” he added.
The presentation of the key to the city signifies the beginning of a new day where an African is given recognition for their positive contribution to development.
It represents a freedom of expression for the thousands of the resident Ghanaians. It is a symbol of trade, and cultural unity between Ghana and Cincinnati of Ohio State.
November 17 of the ensuing years will see collaboration between the artiste and various departments and culture and health agencies to inspire people through his music
Earlier this year, Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and award-winning actor, Abraham Attah was given the keys to Massachusetts in recognition of their respective accomplishments.
The “Key to the City” is an honour bestowed by a city upon esteemed residents and visitors