As part of the year of return, a lot of African-American visited the land of their ancestors and most of them got the chance to achieve African identity.

American Grammy award-winning Rapper, Actor and Philanthropist Ludacris was recenty seen in Cape Castle.

He happens to a part of those who were in Ghana as part of this historic event.

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Whilst in African, Ludacris gained African identity with his new Gabonese citizenship.

Over the charismas holidays, Ludacris and family travelled to Gabon, his wife’s Eudoxie Mbouguiengue’s home country to celebrate the Christmas holidays.

He took to his Instagram page with  a video with the Gabonese government officials showing off his new passport to the world with the caption,

“Starting my New year with dual citizenship, Africa I am official, Momma and the kids too,”.

 

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YEAR OF RETURN, PROS AND CONS, BENEFITS TO GHANA AND ITS EFFECT ON THE NPP IN 2020 ELECTIONS.

In September 2018, in Washington D.C, the president of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo – Addo officially declared August 2019 as “year of Return”.

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The “Year of return “, is an initiative by the Ghana government to give room for Africans abroad to embark on a birth-right journey to visit Africa.

Especially Ghana, in remembrance of the early batch of Africans who were persuasively sent from Africa to the united states of America to go through times of agony, denial and embarrassment, four hundred (400) years ago.

 

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It is believed that, the idea of inviting Africans from the diaspora will serve a union between the Africans on the continent and their families across the globe.

Addressing the media, the chief executive officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority,

Mr Akwasi Agyeman made the public aware of some benefit this event has brought to the Ghanaian economy and its relationship with the developed countries.

He said that, the year of return has contributed to an increase in the economy of Ghana in the sense that,

a lot of ‘Black’ Americans have visited the country as a result, profits have been made into tourist sites, airlines, guesthouses, arts and eateries.

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Also, apart from it being a year of visitation and commemoration, Ghana is likely to gain recognition in terms of tourism internationally.

However, with all the above-mentioned merits, there could be some glitches, taking into consideration the larger effect on the economy.

Thus, inflation could be activated in the local economy since services made to foreigners are increased with the mindset that foreigners are rich and this could affect the

 

New Patriotic Party Negatively in the 2020 election.

Whatever the outcome of the election next year, one thing is for sure,

President Akuffo Addo has introduced Ghana to the world in a way that no other Ghanaian Government has ever than…

The project Year of Return was initiated by President Nana Akufo-Addo to encourage African diasporas and African Americans to visit and invest in the country.

It was started in 2018, which is exactly 400 years after the first African slaves arrived in the US.

Many singers, actors, and political figures have made an appearance at a series of events organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Here are some of the visitors and how they spent their time in Ghana. (In No Particular Order)

BEYONCE

The twitter page Beyoncé Hive News recently announced that Beyonce is planning to celebrate Christmas in Ghana with her family.

 

A Ghanaian journalist revealed that Beyonce might be planning a special Christmas Concert in Accra, but refused to reveal further details.

 

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MICHAEL JAI WHITE

The African American Actor visited Ghana in 2018 December to attend the Full Circle Festival.

MICHAEL JAI WHITE in Ghana

He joined the festival taking place in the Akwamu Traditional Area, where was installed as chief by the Akwamu King.

CARDI B

Cardi B was recently on a tour in West Africa, during which she spent a day in Ghana’s capital Accra for the Year of Return Events.

Her performance was highly praised, but it was her outfit with the colors of the Ghana Flag that was the center of attention. Her hair color that matched the flag was the cherry on top.

T.I.

Rapper T.I. arrived in Ghana with his wife on December 8. He was greeted by fans, drummers, and dancers at Kotoka International Airport.

The couple first went sightseeing at the Elmina Castle, followed by Cardi B’s concert. They went out partying with Cardi after the concert.

 

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KOFI KINGSTON

2019 has been a very exciting year for the WWE Champion, who visited his home country for the first time in 26 years.

He spent four days in the country, during which a WWE film crew accompanied him and recorded the events.

Among Kingston’s plans, there were children’s rally, visits to hometowns of both his parents and meetings with Nana Akufo-Addo and the Ashanti Monarch Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

NAOMI CAMPBELL

Super Model has visited Ghana a few times since January. Her last visit was in November, during which she attended Africa’s 1st Business Heroes Entrepreneur Summit at the Accra International Conference Center.

She also had the chance to meet Akufo-Addo. Her impressive dress was the design of Ghanaian designer Pistis.

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IDRIS ELBA

Idris Elba visited the country with his family in December 2018. He was seen attending Sarkodie’s Rapperholic event.

He was later featured in a music video by Sarkodie called “Party & Bullshit”. His previous visit was in 2015 for filming Beasts of No Nation, during which he almost died by slipping down a 30-m waterfall drop.

 

ADRIENNE-JOI JOHNSON

The American actress visited Ghana in August and traveled to the Ashanti capital Kumasi.

She gave a speech about the importance of the project at a masterclass at the Golden Bean Hotel.

She emphasized the strong ties between Ghana and the US, and how this can be utilized for future collaborations.

Others include Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter,Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba and more

Check out a very powerful message from actor and model Justin Kwamina Spio

 

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Adoma’s Year of Return 2019 – 16th November 2019

This year marks 8yrs since the loss of Akua Adoma Ofori who passed away July 24, 2011, in Pennsylvania, US after a prolonged but brave battle with brain cancer.

In memory of her death and to celebrate her passion for life, the marking of her 8th anniversary of passing will be with a fashion show come November 16, 2019.

This show is to raise funds for medical assistance to be given to individuals, especially children in need of critical health attention in Ghana.

Venue for the occasion which is themed Adoma’s Year of Return will be the Progress Fire Hall located at 3440 Maple street in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, zipcode 17109.

Join the effort to raise funds with Adoma in mind and to return to Ghana with the proceeds to assist needy and sick children.

This is giving back in this special year or return.

Renowned Ghanaian fashion designer Sally Torpey will be at hand to display some clothes from her latest collection.

In addtion to the above there will also be a talk on brain tumor, it’s early detection, and treatment.

 

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Yes, there will also be lots and lots of good food like the popular Ghana jollof rice and plenty of networking opportunities.

Juliana Oates; mother of the late Adoma, will be on the bill as a special guest to share exciting stories about beloved Adoma.

Do make it a point to be there, you don’t want to miss Adoma’s Year of Return* this November 16th at the Progress Fire Hall in Pennsylvania.

Remember to dress cultural or traditional and come with a big heart to donate to a good cause and a listening ear to learn more about Ghanaian culture and traditions.

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Among the special guests to perform will be Washington DC based Afi Soul

More details on ticket/hotel/partnership for Adoma’s Year of Return will be available at

www.facebook.com/akuaadomafoundation the official Akua Adoma Memorial Hope Foundation Facebook page

 

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Congratulations are in order! Multi-Award-Winning Rapper Sarkodie has been appointed  as ambassador for the ‘Year of Return’

He who God has blessed no man say otherwise

The Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Hon Barbara Oteng Gyasi honoured Sarkodie for his great works and and continuously putting Ghana on the world map.

Sarkodie -Ministry Of Tourism, Arts & Culture

 

 

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Sarkodie began his ambassadorial role before receiving his Citation. It will be recalled that,  when he won the Best International Flow act at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards. He used the platform to invite the whole world to Ghana for ‘The Year Of Return’

 

Sarkodie Wins BET’s Best International Flow Act
Best International Flow act BET Hip Hop Awards 2019 winner -Sarkodie

 ‘This year is The Year of Return and I would urge each and every one of you here to take a trip back home, This Christmas if going down in Ghana, so if want to take a trip to African Choose Ghana’~ Year of Return  Ambassador Sarkodie

 

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Have watched Sarkodie’s New Single ‘Party & Bullsh*t’ official video yet? If not check it out!

 

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Steve Harvey Visits Ghana

Broderick Stephen Harvey is a renowned veteran American TV presenter, actor, radio presenter, comedian, author and producer with an undeniable influence in the United States’ entertainment industry.

His outstanding career has won him numerous legendary awards and honors in the entertainment world.

Notably, he is a four-time winner of the NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, BET Humanitarian Award, 2011 BET Awards.

2013 Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2013 Marconi Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host – Steve Harvey among others.

He is the current host of the famous Miss Universe pageant since 2015 and recently visited the Elmina Castle and Cape Coast in Ghana.

 

 

Harvey was spotted crying when he toured the iconic Elmina Castle on the Cape Coast, Ghana with his family on Friday.

Steve Harvey in Ghana
Steve Harvey in Ghana. Photo Credit: Steve Harvey

The brutality and torture that Africans endured during the era of slavery was too much to bear.

Arguably, no one will visit the Door Of No Return without shedding tears for African ancestors’ courageous endurance.

Notably, in 2009, the former president of the United States, Barrack Obama reflected on this when he – along with his family – visited the dreadful site.

Other tourists often hallucinate the cries ofAfricans in the historic castle...

CARRER

While at school, Harvey discovered his talent as he never stopped making colleagues laugh and decided to give it a shot.

His effort was soon rewarded with his first stand-up comedy in 1985 at the Hilarities Comedy Club, Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1990, he made it to the final stage of the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search contest to confirm his talent and hard work in bringing himself to limelight in the world of comedy.

This earned him his first job as a TV host with “Showtime at the Apollo.” Following a breakthrough in the stand-up comedy, he was called up to participate in the ABC series, “Me and the Boys” in 1994.

Harvey became the face of the country, a legend and his successful career were enough to open more doors in the entertainment industry.

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He took to radio stations to host numerous events such as the Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud among others.

The humble entertainment mogul has since then hosted the annual event to date…

His visit to Ghana has been a real eye opener for him, his family and friends. The injustices against his ancestors through the horrific slave trade has been a very shocking and humble experience for him…

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’~ Cape Coast Castle

 

 

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Slavery is one brutal phenomenon associated with the centuries in the past.

The only problem as to why it may preferably not be seen as a socio-economical system is that the Africans accounted for nearly 90% of the victims at this time.

Countries that immensely benefited from slavery includes the Dutch, Britain, Portugal and more. 

For United States of America, as many tobaccos, and cotton industrialist forced Africans and other defenceless tribes to till their soil or get killed.

 

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SLAVE TRADE

The Year of Return is a memorable milestone in the history of Africans as it was enshrined to mark the arrival of the first enslaved innocent Africans on American soil (Jamestown, Virginia).

Africans were kidnapped, bought and stolen.

The torture, deprivation, humiliation, raping, beatings, killings suffered in the hands of the slave-master inspire Africans home and in the diaspora to take part in the remembrance of their forefathers.

 

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’

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The 400th annual remembrance is from 5th through the 14th of August 2019

The Africans of timber and caliber are trooping in to celebrate the flexibility of the victims of the long-lasting Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Notably at the time is the famous“Door of No Return,” 

 

The Year of Return

 

The dreadful situation of the “Middle Passage” (Atlantic) was enough to take the lives out of the Africans who were boarding a ship for the first time.

It was stated, however, that whoever marched past the fearful Door of No Return as a slave would never set eyes on his or her fatherland until demise.

 

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Africa endured this inhumane act and can live past the traumatic condition of its citizens.

Today, the presumed Door of No Return has become the door of return as many curious Africans have visited the door to imagining the unimaginable torture the slave endured.

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The 2019 celebration promises to bring Ghana to the whole world as one of the popular tourist locations for Africans and the people of the world.

Obama in CAPE COAST CASTLE

This will further improve the economy of the country, and as a result, adequate preparation has been made towards the recipient of tourists across the globe.

 

 

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Africans have returned and sure will continue to make resounding history as their ancestors had paid the invaluable price with their blood and sweat.

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GHANA’S DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES RETURN AFTER 10 YEARS!

The Perfect Picture is perhaps Ghana’s most popular romantic comedy. Released in 2009, the movie centred around three women in their 30s going through a mid-life crisis and breaking points that would change their lives forever.

 

 

Upon the release by Film Director Shirley Frimpong-Manso, it became a huge box office success in Ghana and abroad.

Sparrow Pictures is now taking a huge risk that blew up on the faces of movies like Bridget Jones: a sequel. The company has high hopes as the first movie had cliffhangers that could be expanded into the sequel.

Also, bringing back old memories will intrigue many people. 

It was 2010 when the movie received an Africa Movie Academy Award; however, it was rumoured that there was a disagreement between the three ladies as to who would keep the award.

 

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The announcement of the upcoming sequel was a clear indication that things went back to normal between the stars of The Perfect Picture.

Africans, especially Ghanaians, Nigerians and those in the Diaspora are very excited about The Return Of The Perfect Picture’. 

African Celebs spoke to some people who confirmed that this upcoming movie is on their must watch movie this Christmas!

Our protagonists have aged 10 more years, became more self-aware and contained, but life will still be throwing drama in their directions.

Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson, and Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku will be reprising their roles as Aseye, Dede, and Akasi respectively.

Other returning actors are Adjetey Anang (Fella), Chris Attoh (Larry), Joselyn Dumas (Flora), John Dumelo (Taylor), and Kwaku Sintim-Misa (Dr Biney).

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The sequel’s cast includes fresh names from Ghana and Nollywood such as Richard Mofe-Damijo

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Gideon Okeke, Beverly Naya, Raphael Boakye, Gloria Sarfo, and Anita Erskine.

The movie is currently being shot and directed by Shirley Frimpong-Manso and Ken Attoh, who also co-wrote the story.

SHIRLEY FRIMPONG-MANSO

She is the Founder and CEO of Sparrow Productions.

After graduating from the National Film and Television Institute, she started the company with Ken Attoh.

Her movies focused on portraying Ghanaian women from a different perspective through progressive stories with strong female leads.

Thanks to the success of her movies,  she received the award for the Best Director at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards.

Shirley Frimpong-Manso has taken Ghanaian movies on a different positive level. Some of her movies include: Potomanto, Love or something,

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Rebecca, Life and Living It, Scorned,A Sting in a Tale, 6 Hours To Christmas,Devil in the Detail, Checkmate,Adams Apples, Potato Potahto,

Picture perfect was not the first collaboration of Manso with the lead actresses. Lydia Forson appeared in many other Sparrow Productions movies like Scorned, Different Shades of Blue (2007) and A Sting In A Tale.

The movie is expected to be premiered on December 1. The premiere will take place at Labadi Beach Hotel.

The official release date is December 14 for Ghana and December 20 for Nigeria. It will also be distributed overseas for international film festivals.

One thing is for sure Shirley Frimpong-Manso never disappoints! We can’t wait!

 

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Meet the great grand-daughter of King Prempeh, Princess Molly Germaine Prempeh. In almost a hundred years since the banished King Prempeh I of the Ashanti returned to Ghana from exile in the Seychelles archipelago, connections between the two African nations seem to have remained strong through the late King’s descendants.

The great grand-daughter of King Prempeh, Princess Molly Germaine Prempeh, has embarked on a journey to reconnect with members of her family, more than 60 years after she left the island of her birth to return to her ancestral homeland.

 

King Prempeh was exiled in the year 1900 by the colonial British together with his family, several of his chiefs and members of his entourage to the Indian Ocean archipelago of 115 islands, which at the time had a population of only 19,000.

After 24 years, the King was finally allowed to go back to Ghana, but by then many of the Ashanti people had already become settled in the Seychelles and on September 13, 1924, when it was time to leave, some chose to remain behind.

These included two former chieftains as well as three of his sons, all of whom had married Seychellois women. One of the King’s sons, James Boachie Prempeh, had five children, including his granddaughter Hugette, who was just five years old when her grandfather left Seychelles.

Princess Molly Germaine Prempeh1

More than twenty years later, in the late 1940’s,  Hugette  finally decided to leave Seychelles to join her family in Ghana. Accompanying her on the long and arduous journey to the other side of the African continent, were her two children, seven-year-old Louis and a very young Princess Molly, only four years old at the time.

 

Holding on to the motherland
According to archive documents stored at the Seychelles National Library, after hearing news that he would be repatriated to his native Ghana in 1924, King Prempeh I wrote a farewell letter to the people of Seychelles.

“Although I will be far from you, I shall never forget the infinite courtesy and respect shown to me by all classes of the population and the beautiful sights of the Seychelles,” he wrote.

The promise, it seems, has been passed on from generation to generation.

In an interview with SNA, the King’s great-granddaughter, Molly Germaine Prempeh, revealed that she was taught never to forget where she came from.

“When I went back to Ghana, my mother told me not to forget my native language. So I spoke Creole to my brothers and sisters, to my own children and grandchildren,” said Molly in an interview with SNA in which she spoke in a heavily accented but fluent Creole, the native language of the Seychellois people.

“At the Seychelles airport, when I arrived from Ethiopia, they looked at me because I speak Creole and they started to ask among themselves, who is that who speaks Creole like that?” said Molly.

“For those who were courageous enough to ask me, I answered that I am Seychellois and that this is the language of the country of my birth.”

Now aged 72 years old, Molly Prempeh finally arrived in Seychelles last week after nearly 68 years in Ghana to meet with her cousins and other relatives. 

Princess Molly Germaine Prempeh.

For Molly, the journey to Seychelles to meet her cousins and other relatives has been an exciting one, and she recounted the first time she saw her aunt’s daughter, Marie-Rose Mahoune, on the archipelago’s second most populated island of Praslin.

“I took the boat, and upon arrival I saw a paper with Princess Prempeh written on it. I called out ‘la mwan la‘ – (here I am). I was overjoyed and embraced her…I am so happy!” 

In her first visit here, after almost 68 years of living in the city of Kumasi in the South of Ghana, Molly was keen to visit the burial ground of her ancestors back on the Seychelles most populated island of Mahe, in the capital city’s main cemetery, Mont Fleuri. 

 

“I was very emotional, especially when I visited my mother’s grave. She came back to Seychelles in the late 1960’s and I never saw my mother again. Only now, I see her tomb and I prayed and cried,” she said.

“I have met many relatives and I am family to them. They love me as if I never left. After all these years that I have left, I thought I would never come back, but God is good.”

She also visited the two-storey villa at Le Rocher, not far from the capital of Victoria, which was called the “Ashanti camp” back in the days when King Prempeh lived in Seychelles. The property of almost 17 acres of land was leased from the Adam family and today the house has been turned into a national monument.  

 

“I was too small to remember, but my mother often took us to this place after our grandfather was repatriated,” she said. “There were lots of coconut trees and fruits and she told us about all the chiefs and other important people who lived in the different huts. Our grandfather met with these council members of the tribe to discuss many things especially the future of his descendants.”

The children of the Prempeh king also went to school, and Molly remembers that several of her older uncles and aunts were educated when they left Seychelles. 

A memorable homecoming
Dressed in her traditional Ghanaian dress, Molly was keen to inform SNA of her wish to stay and retire in Seychelles.

Molly says she is proud that Seychelles still remembers the enduring legacy of the Ashanti people, adding that the relationship between Seychelles and Ghana has remained cordial.

“About six years ago, the Seychelles Vice President was in Ghana and I was invited with my brother Louis to go to the king’s palace to meet him and the ambassador. We were very happy and a very big banquet was organized in his honour,” she said happily.

Upon arrival on Praslin, the second most populated island of Seychelles, Molly met for the first time her cousin, Marie-Rose Mahoune the daughter of her late aunt Sylvia Prempeh. When her grandfather left Seychelles in 1924, on board the SS Karoa for Bombay, India, 49 other Ashantis left with him out of which only 13 were part of the original deportees. Others, who had already settled in Seychelles, stayed behind with their children. Today the Prempeh descendants are spread out across the archipelago. 

The brown-skinned 72-year-old princess and her beaming smile could easily be mistaken for a local in the streets of Victoria. She bashfully admits that in Ghana, now a democratic country, her family is still considered as a “special people” with a very “solid history”.

“I was grown and bred in Ghana, I know a lot about Ghana…I know everywhere and everything so I am used to Ghana but now I know Seychelles, ‘Sesel’,” she laughed.

Mother of six children and grandmother to fourteen grandchildren, Molly is the only daughter of princess Hugette who passed away in Seychelles in March 2005.

Her brother Louis now 75 years old could not make a final visit to Seychelles. 

King Prempeh I died in 1931, some seven years after he was allowed to go back to Ghana. 

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Popularly known as RMD, Richard Mofe-Damijo was born July 6, 1961 he is a Nigerian actor and politician.

In 2005 he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Since January 2009 he is the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria. Mofe-Damijo was born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.

 

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Richard RMD

 

 

He attended Midwest College, Warri and Anglican Grammar School and was a member of the Drama Club. He enrolled into the University of Benin to continue his education and studied Theatre Arts.

Richard Mofe-Damijo

In 1997 Mofe-Damijo returned to the university to study law at the University of Lagos and graduated in 2004…

Richard Mofe-Damijo

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