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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Sally Torpey, the designer behind the SALLY TORPEY brands Ohemaa and the JAK Gentile Giant Collection which is in honor of former President of Ghana John A. Kufuor has called on Fashion Designers across the world to see fashion as a means to touch lives and impact society.
 

She says fashion is not just about the glitz, glamour, and elegance but a means to give back to the deprived in society.

Sally made this known at the ‘Adoma’s Year of Return‘ fashion show held at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (US) to commemorate eight years since the loss of Akua Adoma who passed away on July 24, 2011, in Pennsylvania after a prolonged battle with brain cancer.

The event was to help raise funds for medical assistance for individuals, especially children in Ghana in need of critical healthcare.

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The event organized by Juliana Oates — CEO of Aba Designs — herself a fashion designer saw Africans from various US states like New York, Maryland, Washington DC, New Jersey and Virginia attending.

Sally Torpey used the occasion to display some clothes from her latest collection and to help raise funds and said:

We are trying to support Adoma’s Year of Return and the Adoma Hope Memorial Foundation, so they can support other kids in Ghana.

We all know diseases and deprivation is what steals away joy so we want to help other people stay alive and stay strong.”

She also explained that though the fashion industry in Ghana is rapidly growing, there was a need for Fashion Designers to pay attention to their standards of production to help position them well on the global market, because 2019 is about to go on record for Ghana as the year the country received the most visitors and tourists, majority of whom are from the African diaspora.

She expressed concern over the low investor confidence in the Ghanaian fashion sector and appealed for more partnerships to enable it to build strong brands.

Sometimes it is about getting the correct contacts that propel you and our industry which is why I commend jazz guitarist and technologist Nathan Pryce for being among the folks who made purchases tonight to support and Juliana Oates for putting together this event,” she reiterated.

Sally creates and produces simple, elegant, and sophisticated indigenous textiles and clothing for both men and women and is the African Ambassador for the Fashion Business Association of America, where she dedicates her time to helping promote the Africa Fashion industry.

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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...

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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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