Ghana is the first African Country to organize a concerted effort to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the United States in 1619.
The ‘Year of Return, Ghana 2019’ is a year long commemoration and celebration of the global African resilience.
In September 2018, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo – Addo, launched the initiative in Washington following a successful local launch in Accra in August 2018.
Ghana’s Pan African legacy has never been in doubt starting from the struggles of the founding fathers, as the first Independent African Country, its role in the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) – Now AU) ,the celebration of Pan Africanism through Arts and Culture (PANAFEEST) , being the first African nati8on to celebrate Emancipation day – recognizing the end of enslavement in the Caribbean ,the introduction of the Joseph Project to reunite the African Family and the establishment of a dedicated office of diaspora affairs at the Presidency .
Ghana housed approximately 75% of the dungeon built on the West Coast of Africa and 2019 presents an opportunity for the global African family to embark on a personal and collective Birthright journey to embrace the experience of traveling full circle back to their homeland .They yearlong calendar of activities includes spiritual pilgrimages, business and investment meetings, musical concerts, gospel shows, cultural and wellness programs, family reunions and others.
Nana Boatemaah Hansen led some tourist on a tour during the “year of return celebration in Ghana”, the year long calendar of activities included musical concerts, spiritual pilgrimages, cultural and wellness programs, gospel shows, family reunions, business and investments meetings.
We visited the Elmina beach, Elmina Castle in the Central Region , Assin Manso Ancestral Slave River Site, Nkroful – Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s hometown , Yamoransa village , Kakum National Park ,Fort Amsterdam ,Nzulezu ,Royal Senchi, Akosombo Dam .
We also participated in PANAFEST, wreath laying and tribute to the ancestors, Akwaaba ceremony, emancipation – Reverential night,colloquim,dialogues, emancipation day durbar,emancipation – healing and atonement ceremony, first bath of return etc.
We had a safe, pleasant and wonderful journey, and most of the tourist, brothers and sisters want to come back home, 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.
By Nana Boatemaah Hansen