Year of Return: Ghana Grants Citizenship to Africans in the Diaspora

Greetings Folks,

I’m feeling great today because I saw some great news. The following comes from Quartz Africa.

126 African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans were granted citizenship in Ghana this past Wednesday, November, 27. A ceremony was held at Jubilee House, the seat of government, and it highlighted the year 2019 as the Year of Return. It’s been 400 years since English slave ships landed in Jamestown, Virginia carrying enslaved Africans. The year 1619 is regarded as the commencement of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in the United States.

President Nana Akufo-Addo advised the following:

“We recognize our unique position as the location for 75% of the slave dungeons built on the west coast of Africa through which the slaves were transported. That is why we had a responsibility to extend the hand of welcome, back home to Africans in the diaspora.”

The Right of Abode law passed in 2001 grants those who have African ancestry in the Americas the right to stay in Ghana indefinitely. And earlier this year, the government waived visa requirements for some countries and cut the cost of a visa on arrival in hopes of heritage tourism; which makes the transition much more efficient.

For additional information, you can check out the full article by clicking here. Hopefully, more of my brothers and sisters throughout the diaspora will feel inspired.

Until Next Time…

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