So 17th October finally arrived, amidst serious countdowns, as much advertising as we could afford, distribution of fliers all over Accra, trips to Kumasi, etc to spread the word, hundreds of text messages, hundreds of calls, and a lot of work.
So not all our fair participants made it. Most of them cancelled at the last minute.
So Reggie came to the fair, with autographed copies of his new album “Reggiestration”. He came with Eddie Blay, Kwaku-T, D-Black, his wife, his son, and was expecting Abodam …. Asem as well, but he had a gig in Kumasi. He got in at 4.30 pm. Hoping for a good crowd to do his interactive programme with, backed by his entourage.
I will post the video recording and the photographs when they are paid for and delivered.
The Mail, Ghana News Agency, and Metro TV made it, and did some interviews and coverage. The Daily Graphic and Joy FM did not make it. Zenith marketer Abraham Yeboah came around to support us. It was just him. UBA had called to collaborate, and promised a representation there. I didn’t see them.
Of the huge number of calls, emails, and messages we had, pledging support to be there with us yesterday, we had a total of …………… 60 fair visitors.
Of this number, only Chris Adjei, Kwaku Osei Tutu and Araba Asare-Kumi. Gyasiwa Gyasi and Tweikuwa Stanhope-Essamuah. Pearl Antwi, and her sister, Belinda Antwi. Michael Kottoh, Hawa and Fali Amuzu, Clarence Parker-Allotey, Biantey Agah, Jack Delaney, Tobias, Andreas, Dr. Joseph Kwao, Musyani, Mercy’s auntie, cousin, and 2 friends were the direct friends who made it there. These people, out of the at least 300 direct friends who we had contacted, made it.
Akunu Dake, Tiger Okyne made their excuses before the event, and were very encouraging. Some did not acknowledge receipt of messages received, nor of the event.
EXPENDITURE (part):Lincoln Community School rent - GH 620 cedis (day)
Cost of organization of fair (final week)- GH 250 cedis (transport, communication, etc.)
Bouncy Castle and kid’s balloons - GH 155 cedis
PA system and DJ services - GH 400 cedis
Volunteer tags, t-shirts, welfare - GH 270 cedis
Tickets for fair, various events - GH 120 cedis
Media costs - GH 50 cedis
Food (estimate for 500 people) - GH 800 cedis
Canopies, Tables, Chairs, T&T - GH100 cedis
Miscellanous - GH 80 cedis
Photography & video coverage - GH 850 cedis
TOTAL - GH3695 cedis
This is just the accumulated cost for the fair itself in the last week of organization. If I start calculating from beginning of this campaign, I might get grey hairs, so I won’t go there.
I am grateful to Mercy Anane-Frempong
our faithful Volunteers (who made this thing theirs, and were on the phone calling people the whole day! You guys are my team from now forever!!! These people sent me consoling messages the whole night yesterday!)
Kwaku Osei Tutu and Araba Asare-Kumi (Osei was darn broke, but sent me GH 7.50 credit when I was at my lowest!!)
Gyasiwa Gyasi and Tweetie (who at 9 am came and stayed for hours, before going to a wedding in the afternoon)
my cousin Clarence Parker-Allotey (held my heart together for me)
my sister, Gloria Aryitey
Biantey Agah (who went to Cape Coast and hurried back to Accra just to make it to the fair, then stayed late to help pack and send some of the team members home!)
They stayed the whole day, through the insults, angry participants demanding a refund, and battery of accusing glares that came our way till Reggie and his friends came.
Efuwa Quansah (UK)
Fred Anani-Frimpong (dotFAF) (UK)
Yram Foli (US)
Geraldine Shole Gerber (UK)
Priscilla Owusu-Ansah (Sweden)
Grace Apiagyei (UK)
MAXINE MOSLEY TOTOE (US)
These people called me from where they are, and kept up with ESF’s progress 100%!
I thank EVERYBODY outside the country who sent messages of encouragement one way or the other as well.
I thank Reggie, his team, and his wife – they have offered Gh 500 cedis to lessen my financial debt, and have promised to keep having my back through the years …. And insist on doing it again till it succeeds.
Reggie refused to charge anything for his support and involvement, right down to his transportation, pulling in his musician friends, etc! And has promised to do this free with us all through!!
I am grateful to you all, and I shall keep you abreast of how things go.
With the strong shoulders of Clarence Parker-Allotey, Michael Kottoh and Chris Adjei …. Who refuse to let me give up, I am progressing ahead with the Charity Ball this very Saturday. These guys have already started working on getting the necessary publicity and marketing up for Monday, to help me get my 200 charity ball participants.
THANK YOU ALL.