In 1619, the first enslaved Africans arrived in the United States. Ghana houses 75 percent of the dungeons built on the West African Coast of Africa. It is, however timely that after 400 years, Ghana is the first African country to organize a determined effort to commemorate the anniversary of this historic milestone.
In September 2018, the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. launched an initiative in Washington, dubbed “The Year of return” following a successful local launch in Accra in August 2018.
“The Year of Return, Ghana 2019,” is a year-long commemoration and celebration of the global African resilience. Ghana in 2019, is presenting an opportunity for the global African family to embark on a personal and collective birthright journey to embrace the experience of travelling back to their homeland. Activities include spiritual pilgrimages, business and investment meetings, musical concerts, family reunions, cultural and wellness programs among others.
Ghana’s Pan African legacy has never been in doubt starting from the struggles of the founding fathers of the first independent African country and its role in the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the(AU) African Union. Then to the first African country to mark Emancipation Day, which recognises the end of enslavement in the Caribbean and the Joseph Project, which was introduced to reunite African families and also establish an office dedicated to Diasporan Affairs at the Presidency.
In light of the Year of Return, Allnewgh.com has put together a series of articles which will throw more light on the impact of such a historic celebration, as well as activities that have been held in the year-long celebration. It would also throw light on what it means to spirituality and well-being of Diasporans who have returned and to the country as a whole.