Ghana came to Brooklyn on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2021, courtesy of Jerry Kwabena Adinkra, the ambassador and executive director of the Ghanaian/African Heritage Affairs Committee; and Bed Stuy BID’s Lynette Battle. With a schedule which included a local city scene tour, visiting Weeksville in Crown Heights, and Spike Lee in Fort Greene, the day began with a breakfast meeting at Restoration Plaza, on Bed Stuy’s Fulton Street.

Amongst distinguished dignitaries, the very special guests were the Honorable Dr. Honorable I. Awal, minister for Tourism Arts and Culture, Ghana; and Akwasi Agyeman, CEO––Ghana Tourism Authority.

Greetings and inspirational words encouraging increased cultural and economic collaborations between Brooklyn and the nation of Ghana, came from invited guests such as Assemblywoman Stefani Zinerman, City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Prof. Leonard Jeffries, and acclaimed African art collector Eric Edwards.

2019 was designated ‘The Year of Return’ where thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people worldwide visited Ghana.

Now, even in this pandemic era, folk are traveling again. Adinkra said, “The ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture, Ghana Tourism Authority, (GTA), Beyond the Return Project in collaboration with Destination Ghana Management, (African Heritage Affairs Committee), hosted Destination Ghana (Doing Business in Ghana), which seeks to rekindle and market the Beyond the Return existence initiatives, forge for potential business partnership and promote Ghana as the top tourism destination in Africa.”

The breakfast meeting and afternoon session themes with power point presentations and videos encompassed ‘Tourism/Business Investment Networking.’

Also at the breakfast CMC Global Products promoted their PPE products and pushed

business possibilities.

“People are still talking about how their visit to Ghana in 2019 definitely changed their lives,” Adinkra told the Amsterdam News. “We are talking about ‘Beyond the Year of Return.’ We really want people to consider making Ghana their home, first or second, and to look into having Ghanan citizenship.”


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