Ghana Grants Citizenship To Over 100 African American and Caribbean People
March 12, 2020
In recognition of the common ancestry and future that binds people throughout the African Diaspora, a special November 2019 ceremony in Ghana welcomed 126 African-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans as citizens. The joyful gathering was one of the largest the West African nation had seen during its 2019 Year of Return initiative that encouraged the return of people of African descent to their motherland.
The great Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president, declared in 1957 that a homecoming for African-Americans stolen from Africa’s shores was an imperative for Pan African unity. In 2001 the nation’s Right to Abode law was passed, making that offer official policy. To promote the law, current Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo toured the Caribbean this past summer and signed on to an historic agreement establishing visa-free travel between Ghana and Jamaica for citizens of both nations.
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