New Kiwis welcomed by African drums

About 150 people were treated to an African drum performance by Robert Fugah at the conclusion of a citizenship ceremony in Dunedin yesterday.

New citizen Robert Fugah, originally from Ghana, performs a traditional African drum song in front of the other new citizens at the end of a ceremony in the Glenroy Auditorium yesterday. Photo: Christine O'Connor
New citizen Robert Fugah, originally from Ghana, performs a traditional African drum song in front of the other new citizens at the end of a ceremony in the Glenroy Auditorium yesterday. Photo: Christine O'Connor

Mr Fugah, originally from Ghana, was one of more than 70 people who became new citizens at the ceremony in the Glenroy Auditorium.

The music teacher moved to New Zealand five years ago with his family and said he was honoured to be able to perform at the event.

''Being a New Zealand citizen today is a dream come true. I really, really have been looking forward to this day and to be given the honour of performing is a real privilege.''

Otago Museum director Ian Griffin and his wife, Maria, and son, Aengus, also became new citizens yesterday.

New citizens.- David Barker, Peter Armitage, Lesley Armitage, Benjamin Kennedy, Jessica Braim, Karen Philip, John Strawbridge, Sylvia Larson, Josef Roberts, Maria Griffin, Ian Griffin, Susan Hill, Anne Marshall, Peter Armitage, Lesley Armitage (United Kingdom); Robert Fugah (Ghana); Danielle de Vinck (Belgium); Michelle Cabale, Fe Manangan, Bryan Manangan, Faith Veronique Montalba, Brent Manangan, Monica Pickett, Hannah Pickett, Fe Ratunil, Faith Angelique Montalba, Rhandall Montalba, Faith Vergara (Phillipines); Xue Fang, Xun Dong, Yuehua Xu, Yi Li, Ruoren Xu, Tiger Scott, Sulaiman Yiliyaer, Rewahefu Gulinigaer, Yiliyaer Dadili, Yiliyaer Daniya, Hong Wang (China); Rahul Kakkar, Vibhu Jain, Tarun Ahuja, Moksha Patel, Sumit Bakshi, Vivek Kulkarni (India); Phraemueang Kampanthong (Thailand); Jong Lee, Ji Lee (Korea); Ulrike Mattulat, Sascha Scholz (Germany); Stephen Tuxford, Virginia Revill, Andrew Reynolds (Australia); Antonio Martin (Spain); Catherine Huggins, Elizabeth Drake (South Africa); Valentin Tatu, Alexandra Tatu (Romania); Amanda De Wattignar (Australia/United Kingdom); Aengus Griffin (United Kingdom/United States); Yulia Siushkina, Gulnisa Sharapova (Russia); Mauro Farella, Carmela Farella, Marco Farella, Terence Farella (Italy); Michael Henriques-Arango (Panama); Qais Nayle (Afghanistan); Peder Nielsen (Denmark); Karuna Price, Shafeel Ali (Fiji); Jeevan Sapkota (Nepal); Sailosi Pole (Tonga); Alejandra Walker, Diana Walker (Colombia).

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