The Government of Ghana through the office of the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President has highly eulogized multiple awards winning hip pop artiste, Michael Owusu Addo, popularly known as Sarkodie for enthusing the Ghanaian, and Africans in the diaspora to return to Ghana, as the country marks 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia.
In his acceptance speech after winning the “Best International Flow” act category at the just ended Black Entertainment Tv (BET) Hip Pop Awards at the Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Center after vacating Miami for the last two years, the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) “Artiste of the Decade” urge the African diaspora to visit Ghana as part of the Year of Return celebrations.
According to the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture the call made by the Ghanaian most decorated rapper is step in direction that has the potentials of increasing tourism capital that will be garnered. It added that, as far as his influence is concerned, the creative, arts and culture will see a major boost, that will alleviate the employment rate in the country.
The authority also congratulated him for winning the prestigious award, as it also highlighted that, The “Lucky” hitmaker is one of Ghana’s most celebrated artists and always has pride is doing rhymes using local language in his music. Sarkodie is on the verge of releasing his “Black Love” Album which has 3-tracks officially out and accompanied with outstanding visuals.
This year marks exactly 400 years since the first black slaves landed in Jamestown Virginia in the U.S. The initiative urges Africans in the diaspora to come back home and so far, it has seen an impressive array of celebrities, including Steve Harvey, make their way to Ghana to explore, learn and appreciate their roots.
The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. The arrival of enslaved Africans marked a sordid and sad period, when our kith and kin were forcefully taken away from Africa into years of deprivation, humiliation and torture.
While August 2019 marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in the United States, “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019” celebrates the cumulative resilience of all the victims of the Trans Atlantic slave Trade who were scattered and displaced through the world in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
The Ghana Tourism Authority(GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture is leading the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President the PANAFEST Foundation and The Adinkra Group of the USA.
One of the main goals of the Year of Return campaign is to position Ghana as a key travel destination for African Americans and the African Diaspora. In 2019, the events planned throughout the year will serve as a launch pad for a consistent boost in tourism for Ghana in the near and distant years. Beyond tourism, this initiative supports one of the President’s key developmental agendas in Ghana Beyond Aid. We know that tourism can be a leading indicator to business and investment.
We are focused on ensuring that our brothers and sisters have a safe, pleasant and wonderful journey home so they will want to come back, get involved, see the opportunity that exists in Ghana for us to work together and begin to rebuild what has been stolen and lost over the past 400 years.
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