As part of The Year Of Return President Nana Akufo-Addo has granted Ghanaian citizenship to 126 Africans in the Diaspora including
Rita Marley, the wife of reggae legend Bob Marley.
Rita Marley has been residing in Ghana for more than 10 years. Through the Rita Marley Foundation, she has been helping the less prevailed.
The new Ghanaian citizens took the oath of loyalty to Ghana. The ceremony was held at the Accra Jubilee House.
Year of Return is a government initiative to celebrate 400 years of the slave trade. The event that began in January 2019 saw many people visiting the country.
This year celebrates 400 years since a small group of captured Africans was imprisoned in an English vessel in Jamestown, Virginia in the United States.
In 2016, it is believed the Former president John Mahama, also granted citizenship to some Africans the Diaspora.
The coming back of the African Diaspora is economically pragmatic for Ghana, apart from sentimental reasons.
The Ghanaian government has relaxed the visa requirements for some countries earlier this year and halved the price of a visa upon entry in anticipation that this will boost tourism in Ghana.
The Afro Nation and many other events /festivals are expected to attract thousands of young Africans from the Diaspora over the festive season.
In the US this year, among some African American celebrities, black college alumni organizations and similar groups, Ghana have been heralded as a significant end-of-year holiday destination.
Ghanaians are hopeful that people visiting the country will also not only enjoy themselves but also invest in Ghana…
Credit: Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo| The Presidency, Republic of Ghana