By Princess Jones| New York Post
Monique John wasn’t sure what to expect when she stepped off the plane in her new home: the West African nation of Liberia.
“It was very rundown looking,” the Brooklyn-born 28-year-old recalled of her first glimpse of the capital, Monrovia, nearly three years ago. “But my feeling as I was walking along the city’s main streets was a sense of excitement . . . it felt almost like an out-of-body experience to finally be in Africa.”
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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec 23, 2019–
The first international ESSENCE Global Black Economic Forum will be held in Accra, Ghana during the eight-day ESSENCE Full Circle Festival experience. Taking place at the Movenpick Hotel on December 31, the ESSENCE Global Black Economic Forum: Africa has a mission to create new opportunities for economic development, cultural exchange and how the private sector can help sustainably drive this development and transform African communities on the continent and across the Diaspora. The Forum, a centerpiece of the week-long ESSENCE Full Circle Festival activities, will convene entrepreneurs, executives, entertainers, influencers and government officials to establish an agenda driving economic and cultural collaboration among Black communities globally. The ESSENCE Global Black Economic Forum: Africa will partner with additional African nations to further this mission, and upcoming cities will be announced moving forward.
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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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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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DANIELLE KWATENG-CLARK CONSIDERS HER OWN RICH CULTURAL HERITAGE AS A CHILD OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA ON HER REVOLUTIONARY RETURN HOME TO GHANA.
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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During a recent visit to Ghana, Fayetteville Observer columnist, Myron Pitts observed the aggressive haggling style of Ghanaian street vendors. He also chronicled a lot of other interesting encounters while in in Accra.
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Some 250 African-Americans gathered at the Cape Coast Castle, Ghana, to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship of enslaved Africans to English North America in 1619.
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By Alessandra Prentice
Halfway across the Atlantic Ocean, the plane carrying Tani Sanchez and her daughter Tani Sylvester on a heritage tour to Ghana crossed paths with a powerful storm.
A sharp drop in elevation hurled flight attendants to the floor. Passengers started screaming and crying.
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The Famous Fiber Optic Inventor , and Founder of Silicon valley of Ghana, Dr Thomas O. Mensah, presented an autographed copy of his book, The Right Stuff Comes in Black Too, to Entertainer Steve Harvey during his Year of Return Visit to Ghana. The year of return is the Brain Child of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo , President of the Republic of Ghana. This Program has been very successful in bringing blacks from the Diaspora in the United States of America, United Kingdom, The Caribbean and Brazil. to Ghana this year.
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- By Alessandra Prentice and Siphiwe Sibeko Reuters
In a clearing at the turnoff to Assin Manso, a billboard depicts two African slaves in loincloths, their arms and legs in chains. Beside them are the words, “Never Again!”
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