Ghana is calling folk home from the diaspora

Nayaba Arinde | 8/1/2019, 12:42 p.m.
The Gulf Coast of Guinea is calling people to come home from the diaspora to the Motherland—and Ghana specifically.

The Gulf Coast of Guinea is calling people to come home from the diaspora to the Motherland—and Ghana specifically.

There is a huge push as this is the Year of Return, and thousands, upon thousands of Black people have—or are scheduled to make—the long flight to “return” to Africa, where their ancestors were snatched by European slavers 400 years ago.

Possibly emotional—yes—but the trip is deemed to be life-altering, reaffirming and instilling of pure pride in heritage.

And Ghana is ready with a huge red, yellow and green Black-starred welcome mat. Akwaaba indeed.

This reporter just returned from a short visit, and can attest to the beauty of the nation. The country is waiting, whether it is the bustling fishing town of Prampram, port town of Tema, to the busy metropolis of Accra, to the natural resource-rich Kumasi, to the Cape Coast pilgrimage. Akan presence. Ashante, Twi, Ga—the languages, the dialects, the art, the music, the food, the history—all wrapped in real Kente.

Now through August there are so many celebrations and commemorations planned. It could be a spiritual, cultural, and perhaps even a personally political experience, whether it is participating in Panafest, visiting the President Kwame Nkrumah-given home and final resting place of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, or going to “Door of No Return” at Cape Coast Slave Dungeon. There’s plenty of business and politics too. You can visit Jubilee House, the presidential residence and current home and national office to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

What is your natural sugar? Economics. The strong foreign presence in the infrastructure building raises many questions, so locals say “Be part of the solution.” Africa has 54 nations. Pick one.

The Ghanaian government is encouraging—recommending even—infinite visits, if not a total relocation. So many African-Americans and Caribbean folk already made the big step to relocate to Ghana. The relaxed, but quietly active communities are self-evident.