It has been 400 years since the first slave ship arrived in the West to commence the largest and most devastating slave trades the world has ever seen. This year Ghana has named it the Year of Return. This event is inviting members of the diaspora to return to the motherland.
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This initiative was launched in 2018 by the Ghana Tourism authority and the Ministry of Tourism. Ghana already being a popular destination for many people diaspora is offering far more than just a trip. The usual sand, sea and sun tourism is cool but in addition an experience of the slave trade that will teach many people about their roots will feature. Since January a large number of people in the diaspora including celebrities have visited Ghana. Some of them include Steve Harvey, Kofi Kingston, Danny Glover, Ludacris and Cardi B.
The Year of Return is not only about the dark times of the slave trade but also a opportunity to enjoy the motherland. There is a long list of activities and events planned for the whole year with a lot in December. It’s the perfect time to connect with your roots and make new ties with Ghanaians. Ghana has the friendliest people in Africa. The top events in December include Afrochella, Afronation, Panafest and the Osu Street Carnival.
We are excited about the Year of Return because it helps us share our stories with the world. Often times many people abroad or in the diaspora only hear the bad African stories. The horror stories spread like wildfire but with now many people will come and experience for themselves the beauty, diversity and richness of Ghanaian culture and send these real life stories to the world.
If you see us at any of the Year of Return fairs or concerts do well to stop by and say hello or shop at our store here. 😊