H.E. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier commiserating with the President of the Ghanaian Friendship Association in Strasbourg Mme. Vivian Mullings after the burial service of the late Ceasar Aminou
H.E. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier commiserating with the President of the Ghanaian Friendship Association in Strasbourg Mme. Vivian Mullings after the burial service of the late Ceasar Aminou
Following the sudden tragic death of Ceasar Aminou a Ghanaian post-graduate student at the University of Strasbourg in a drowning accident on the 26th of July 2015, the Ambassador of Ghana to France H.E. Mrs. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier together with her husband Mr. Thomas Svanikier and Mr. Michael Frimpong a consular officer at the Ghana mission in Paris joined the grieving Ghanaian community of Strasbourg for a church service in memory of the deceased presided over by Pastor Joejo Dadzie on 12th August, 2015.
After a welcome message by the President of the Ghanaian Friendship Association in Strasbourg, Mme Vivian Mullings at a remarkably solemn and dignified gathering organised by the Ghanaian community in Strasbourg to bid farewell to the deceased, H.E. Ambassador Svanikier gave an address which paid tribute to Mr. Ceasar Aminou for his educational achievements and his service to his community. She said his family could take some comfort from the strong show of support exhibited by the Ghanaian community in Strasbourg. She commended the community associations for their unity, organisational skills, work ethic and strong sense of community and congratulated them for improving lives within their community through their hard work and selflessness. The united front they presented had enabled strong advocacy on behalf of the deceased's family by the Ghanaian Students'
Association led by its President Mr. Jacques Amechia who had succeeded in persuading the University authorities to take responsibility for the repatriation of the deceased's body to Ghana. They further raised over €5000 most of which will go to the deceased's family. H.E. Ambassador Svanikier presented a donation of €1000 on behalf of herself, her husband and the staff of the Embassy of Ghana in Paris. The Ambassador regretted that an unhappy event had brought her to Strasbourg and promised to return in happier times.

H.E. Ambassador Johanna Svanikier and Mr. Enoch Effah at the launch of the Nokefa Centre in Chatou, France on June 2015. H.E. Mrs. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, Ambassador of Ghana to France with Mr.Enoch Effah, founder and owner at the launch of the NOKEFA Centre in Chatou, France.

The Centre NOKEFA is a fitness and motivational centre established by Mr. Enoch Effah, a Diasporan born in France to Ghanaian parents. Mr. Enoch Effah is three times world heavyweight champion of French kickboxing, two times champion of Europe and six times champion of France.

His vision is to use his earnings and networks from his successful sporting career to create a successful business which provides training programmes to motivate business executives and the youth both in France and in Ghana to achieve success. The launch of The Centre NOKEFA took place on the 11th of June, 2015 in Chatou, France.

Speaking as the special guest of honour Her Excellency Mrs. Johanna Svanikier, Ambassador of Ghana to France, commended the hard work of Mr. Enoch Effah in the establishment of the centre and expressed the pride of the Embassy of Ghana and the Ghanaian community in France for his achievements .

She went on to briefthe audience on the Diaspora programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ghana which seeks to encourage Ghanaians living in the diaspora to contribute to the development of Ghana and to invest in Ghana. In attendance were the Mayor of Chatou and officials from the Embassy of the United States of America in Paris. Following the launch of Nokefa, Mr. Effah made a trip to Ghana where he met the CEO of GIPC amongst others to discuss expanding his business to Ghana.

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