The “Year of Return” was declared and launched by the President Nana Akufo-Addo in Washington D.C for all Africans in the Diaspora in September 2018.
This was to give a fresh account in the quest to unite Africans all over the world and to initiate a project which encourages Africans in the Diaspora to return home.
The project came to light last Tuesday, at the Accra Tourist Information centre, Accra under the theme; “Back 2 Africa.” The event was attended by Africans in the Diaspora who returned to Ghana as part of the initiative.
In his welcome address, Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority, welcomed the African Americans and lauded them for returning to the motherland.
He urged them to explore and re-connect to their roots with Ghanaians and added that they should use the event to learn more to ensure a great bond as one big African family.
Mr. Kwasi Ababio spoke on behalf of the office of the President of Ghana, also welcomed the returnees back to Ghana and asked them to familiarise themselves with activities they will experience and promised a memorable stay in Ghana. “Thank you for choosing Ghana as your entry point for visiting, always remember your root,” Mr Ababio said.
Mrs. Olivia Opoku, who spoke on behalf of the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, assured the returnees that the Ministry is ever ready to assist them.
She pledged the support of the ministry and urged them to nurture their relationship now that they are home.
“Eat Ghana, Wear Ghana and Feel Ghana,” Mrs. Opoku said.
Some of the returnees expressed their profound gratitude for the initiative. They thanked Ghana for hosting them and also acknowledged the importance the event has impacted their lives.
The event was climaxed with a graceful performance from the “Cultural Troupe”, display of Ghanaian artefacts and the remarks from Diallo Sumbry from the “Adinkra Group” who aided in setting up the committee which upheld and supported to push for the “Year of Return” – “Back 2 Africa” from its onset.