Year of return; Ghana grants citizenship to dozens of Africans from the diaspora

The greatest wish of many diaspora based Africans is to trace their roots home and know their true identities after the gruesome slave trade that took them off the continent but the fear of how they will be received, coupled with few legal issues and media propaganda about the continent has kept a lot of them away. Fortunately, Ghana has opened a warm arm to receive anyone of African descent and reunite them with their lovely families back home.

Two years into office, the president of Ghana, Nana Akuffo Addo declared the year 2019 as a year of return which is considered a major landmark, spiritual and birth-right journey, inviting the global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia.

This call by the President has seen a lot of Africans in the diaspora, including celebrities like Steve Harvey, Debora Cox, AJ Jackson, Danny Glover and many others trooping into the country.

As part of events leading to the grand celebration in December this year, the government of Ghana conferred citizenship upon dozens of visiting Africans from the diaspora on Wednesday 27th November 2019, which feeds directly into the commitment of the country as a home for the Africans in the diaspora.

At the ceremony, the President urged the “new citizens” to abide by the laws of Ghana, live within the tenets of the constitution and as well preserve and promote the image of the country.

This initiative is considered by many as a very good one that must be emulated by many other African countries to lead the fight for a united Africa and also promote development as the Africans in the diaspora keep returning home and investing in fruitful businesses on the continent.