Ghana cathedral fundraiser

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, right, addresses a dinner gala in Washington that launched fundraising efforts for the construction of the National Cathedral of Ghana. — Photo by Micha Green/

Hundreds of guests gathered in gowns and tuxedos or traditional West African garb as Ghana’s president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched a fund-raising drive to build a national cathedral.

“I made a pledge to almighty God, if He was gracious enough to grant my party victory in the 2016 election after two unsuccessful attempts, I would help build a cathedral to His glory and honor. I’m determined to redeem this pledge,” Akufo-Addo told the crowd at the Museum of the Bible in the Southwest section of the District of Columbia on Feb. 8.

The president told the audience of Christian leaders, Ghanaian-Americans, migrants and supporters that building the cathedral is also in appreciation of Ghana’s blessings and in order to further unite the country.

“Since gaining our freedom and independence from the British colonial empire 62 years ago in 1957, Ghana has been spared of civil war, famine and epidemics,” Akufo-Addo said. “Construction of the cathedral is in thanksgiving to the Almighty for His blessings, favor, grace and mercy on our nation.”

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The president enlisted Ghana’s global Christian community for help. Ghana’s population is 71 percent Christian, he said, and “an interdenominational Christian cathedral will help unify the Christian community and thereby promote national unity and social cohesion.”

A board of trustees will shepherd the project to completion, he said.

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, a board member whose followers from around the Mid-Atlantic region packed the event, said those at the event were called by God to help in constructing the cathedral.

Williams cited Genesis 22 to urge the crowd to “do something.” In Genesis 22, God stops Abraham from offering his only son as a sacrifice and bestows blessings on him and his family for “doing something.”

The cathedral was designed by internationally renowned Ghanian-British architect David Adjaye, who was also the lead designer for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“The cathedral will not just be another national monument adorning the skyline of Accra,” Akufo-Addo said. “It will be the rallying point for the Christian to community to come together to pray, worship and promote the national conversations on the role of faith in building Ghana. It will house a Bible museum… and it will be an iconic infrastructure for national, regional and international pilgrimage and tourism.” — (

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