The diaspora needs a catalyst
The year 2019 marks 400 years since the initiation of African enslavement. 400 years ago America’s first slaves arrived at Point Comfort near James Town, Virginia, the then capital of the English Colony of America.
Ghana’s government has decided to commemorate the anniversary by declaring it the year of return. The president, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo laid out a formal declaration of the Year of Return, Ghana 2019,
“We know of the extraordinary achievements and contributions they [Africans in the diaspora] made to the lives of the Americans, and it is important that this symbolic year—400 years later—we commemorate their existence and their sacrifices.” President Nana Akufo-Addo
This year is not a commemoration of the slave trade but an opportunity to welcome our estranged brothers and sisters back into the motherland. 400 years has driven cultural, political and economic wedges between our related peoples. This is our chance to begin the healing process
The reasons for this initiative were laid out by the Ghanian government.
- There are many people living on the continent who are not committed to its progress. This Year of Return is for them to mentally and spiritually commit to the continent too.
- Many 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation Ghanaians feel no connection to Ghana or Africa because they do not see themselves as part of our shared story.
- So many people in the diaspora around the world in want to come to Ghana but may not be able to do so due to financial or legal reasons. This Year of Return is still for them too.
The Year of Return is for ALL OF US to return to the continent IN MIND and IN SPIRIT
…that we continue to have the best of intentions for Africa and invest in its positive progress in our own ways.