Anthony "Tony" Atsu

Anthony “Tony” Atsu in South Africa.

A meet and greet is planned for this weekend for a man traveling to Potter County from Ghana. The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 23, on the side yard of the First Presbyterian Church.

Anthony “Tony” Atsu, Ghana UNP church elder, is working on his doctoral thesis in engineering at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. He is from Ghana.

Atsu is visiting the states and will be in Coudersport for most of the day Sunday. The meet and greet will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship at 11 and a luncheon at 12:30 p.m., catered by Olga’s Restaurant. A donation for the luncheon is appreciated, but not necessary.

During the worship, he is bringing the Ghanaian tradition of singing, accompanied by djembe drumming (African drum).

The First Presbyterian Church in Ghana reached out to the First Presbyterian Church in Coudersport; money was raised and they were able to purchase a motorbike for Atsu to make his daily treks, which is about half the size of Pennsylvania.

“He is much appreciative that we have helped him to accomplish some of his life’s goals and has been able to take on new responsibilities to help his fellow countrymen and women,” the First Presbyterian Church of Coudersport wrote in a press release.