The year of Return 2019
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 yearlong commemoration and celebration of the global African resilience. In September 2018, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched this initiative in Washington following a successful local launch at the National Theatre in Accra, Ghana 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, it’s role in the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU - Now AU), the celebration of Pan Africanism through Arts and Culture ( PANAFEST), being the first African nation to celebrate Emancipation day - recognizing the end of enslavement in the Caribbean, the introduction of the Joseph Project to reu-nite the African Family and the establishment of a dedicated office of diaspora
affairs at the Presidency.
Ghana housed approximately 75% of the dungeons 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. The yearlong calendar of activities includes spiritual pilgrimages, business and investment meetings, musical concerts, gospel shows, cultural and wellness programs, family reunions and others.
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