Akasanoma Foundation, otherwise known as the pioneer Ghanaian welfare
organization in The Netherlands, was founded in June 1988 in response to
the dire need by the Ghanaian community in The Netherlands to, on one
hand, forge a common front against a backdrop of very challenging
socio-political atmosphere that confronted the community and, on the
other, help create the needed avenue for continued dialogue between the
Dutch government and the Ghanaian community on matters of mutual
interest. The foundation is registered at the Amsterdam chamber of
commerce as a non-profit making welfare organisation with registration
The additional core objectives the foundation set for herself, among others, are;
a. Fostering the integration of Ghanaians into the Dutch society.
b. Information exchange between the Dutch governmental
institutions and individuals on one hand and the Ghanaian community on
c. Promoting the welfare of Ghanaians in The Netherlands and help them to improve on their socio-economic positions.
With a commitment to initiatives that serve the interest of
the migrant community in The Netherlands, Sikaman has evolved over the
years as a community-based organization with a broad network within the
African community nationwide.
Sikaman Foundation owns Radio Akasanoma that serves as her
official mouthpiece. Radio Akasanoma broadcasts on Saturdays from 07.00
–17.00 hours and 19.00 – 22.00hrs on 104.6 FM cable and 99.4 FM ether
i.e. on the World FM frequency of the Amsterdam broadcasting company
SALTO. It is also available online, through the web facility of SALTO
and the websites of both the organization and the radio.
Radio Akasanoma maintains a commanding popularity as a
community radio and prides herself as both the leading radio station
within the Ghanaian community and pacesetter with the debut, late 2004,
of Radio Akasanoma Francophone that now brings information and social
programmes to the homes of the officially least known but ever growing
French speaking community in The Netherlands. By estimation, Radio
Akasanoma reaches about 10,000 listeners on its local frequencies alone.
Among these are both Ghanaians and Dutch having diverse
realtionships with Ghanaians, English and French speaking Africans
resident in Amsterdam and its environs.