African-American plans $50m Diaspora Palace, Resort in Badagry, Nigeria

By Abdullateef Aliyu

Some of the visiting African-Americans in Badagry, Lagos. An African-American, David Anderson, who is the founder and president of the Bridge Leader Network (BLN), a diversity consulting firm, is set to build a multimillion dollar Diasporan Royal Palace and Resort in Badagry, the ancient Lagos Town and centre of the Transatlantic slave trade.

The gigantic project estimated to cost between $30m to $50m would be sited at Gberefu, a community known as the ‘Point of No Return’, where the European slave merchants took their captors to board ship to unknown destinations.

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U.S. Consul General Hosts 56 Nigerian Mandela Washington Fellows

By Segun James

The United States Consul General, Claire Pierangelo, Thursday hosted young 56 Nigerians who participated in the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship to a reunion conference.

The 56 Nigerians were among the 700 young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa who recently completed a six-week intensive academic and leadership programme at some of the most prestigious US colleges and universities.

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30 African Americans arrive in Kenya to seek for their roots

With her long but neatly kept dreadlocks and a white t-shirt emblazoned with a Kenyan flag, Kea Tiffani Simmons, looks every inch Kenyan.She even has a Kenyan name, Wakesho Akinyi.

It is only when she speaks that you can hear her rich South Carolina accent.“I live in one of the most progressive cities in the US, but Nairobi is three times as many homes as the city of North Carolina,” she says.

Simmons is leading a group of 30 African-Americans on a five-day safari in search of their African roots.

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On My Mind: Inviting African-Americans To Rediscover An Ancestral Home


In Maya Angelou’s autobiography, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes, she describes the revelatory experience of moving to Ghana in 1962 for three years. This is where she would form a kinship with actor Julian Mayfield and playwright Efua Sutherland and discuss politics with Malcolm X. At 33 years old Angelou joined a community of American expatriates who called themselves “Revolutionary Returnees” and embraced the Pan-African movement of uniting all indigenous Africans. In Ghana Angelou explored triple consciousness as a revolutionary Black American in Africa when identifying with your roots had captured the zeitgeist of Black culture stateside. 

I read the book for the first time when I was a freshman in college at Howard University; my association with Ghana had been fairly nebulous up to that point. My parents were a part of a south Florida Ghanaian association; they were constantly in contact with family members “back home”; and they freely spoke Twi, the language of our Ashanti people.

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US reopens embassy in Somalia after nearly three decades

US announces re-establishment of embassy in capital Mogadishu, after closure in 1991 as Somalia plunged into civil war.

The United States has reopened its embassy in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, nearly three decades after it was shut as the Horn of Africa nation plunged into civil war.

Washington closed its embassy during the 1991 overthrow of then-President Siad Barre’s military regime which ushered in decades of chaos. However, diplomatic relations have strengthened in recent years.

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