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New York City Mayor-Elect Eric Adams Honored in Ghana

A Black Westchester Exclusive By Aleida Castillo of CLN TV, Ghana

Mayor-Elect Eric Adams was honored in Ghana by Ambassador Erieka Bennet from the Diaspora African Forum (DAF) & Rabbi Halevi from the Beyond The Return Committee on Tuesday, December 7th, at the Embassy.

NYC Mayor-Elect Eric Adams arrived at the Embassy accompanied by his partner First Lady-elect of New York City Tracey Collins, Ghana Ambassador to France Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, Heritage and Culture Society of Africa Director, Natasha T. Gordon.  

Adams was greeted at the steps of the Embassy by Culturally Lit Network radio/tv personality Aleida Castillo and directed towards the leaders of the group Ambassador Bennet & Rabbi Halevi. They were in the company of the Mayor of Accra Hon. Elizabeth Naa Kwatsoe Tawiah Sackey and amongst the highest level of dignitaries and Diplomats, inventors, and even the most respected pastor in Ghana and the only African pastor to have ever prayed at an official program during a United States of America Presidential Inauguration, Nicholas Duncan-Williams, with his wife and the first-ever Assistant US Trade Representative for Africa, Rose Whitaker who served in the administrations of Presidents William J. Clinton and George W. Bush.

Adams received several honors and citations from the Accra Mayor’s office to the highest presidential office, the Year of Return Committee. Pastor Duncan-Williams, who has over 2000 affiliate and 250 branch churches, presides as archbishop and general overseer of the Action Chapel International ministry, headquartered in Accra, Ghana. He has over 2000 affiliate and 250 branch churches and still took the time to pray for New York City’s Mayor-Elect Eric Adams.

The afternoon at DAF Embassy concluded with Ambassador Bennet officiating the ceremony to honor the memory of Adams’ mother, Dorthy Mae Adams, by placing her name on the historical Sankofa Wall. The most touching honor for Mayor-Elect Eric Adams and a full-circle moment.  

Adams closed his week-long journey with a powerful speech and gratitude for the entire experience and said, ” My mother saw me break the law, enforce the law, and then she saw me go to Albany and write the law…the subtext here is never surrender… we are all connected; if we harm each other, we harm ourselves…”

I will add that if we come together, we are unstoppable, thank you, Damon Jones, for your help in making this ceremony for Mayor Elect Adams a success!


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