My wife and I, both American citizens, decided to work with a fertility clinic in Ghana in an attempt to have a child. Our reasons are a little complicated but not particularly relevant to what I have to say. We worked with an excellent clinic called Medifem in Accra, where we traveled in February.
Rashad McCrorey, a US-based Entrepreneur and Journalist has revealed plans to build a media relationship between Africa and Diasporan Africans in America with the establishment of a Public Relations (PR). He is currently on self-quarantine in Ghana being caught up by the lockdowns as well the travel ban being imposed in the West African and the United States respectively.
DAVE BROWN is the founder of the ‘INDIE NIGHT FILM FESTIVAL’. A drive that aims to elevate the craft of artists while giving them an avenue where they can be recognized on a bigger platform, network, and exchange information with new and established Hollywood creatives. He is an entrepreneur, an actor, and also a radio show host.
Dave Brown recently visited Ghana for The Year of Return festivities and he talks about his experience.
As some parts of the world gradually reopens, and countries attempt to transitions back to normalcy, the momentum of travel to Africa (which slowed due to COVID-19), may still take some time to recover. However, one travel influencer and entrepreneur has been able to rise through the chaos and ascend in becoming a focal leader in the back to Africa travel movement.
During Humanities Professor Cristina Ruotolo’s Fulbright scholarship at University of Ghana in 2018 – 19, she was invited to direct its string ensemble, which put her in contact with the city of Accra’s burgeoning classical music scene. As a result, the classically trained violinist expanded her Fulbright project, teaching and performing violin alongside her primary work of teaching courses on American literature and culture.
2019 marked the Year of the Return in Ghana. The tourism campaign called for descendants of the African diaspora to return to the continent and partake in the rich history that Ghana has to offer. As a result, over one million visitors traveled to the country last year, including famous celebrities, to encourage African Americans and others within the African diaspora to return to their roots.
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.
African Americans are being encouraged to visit Ghana to mark 400 years since the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade. In the capital, Accra, one returnee chef is awaiting U.S. visitors to give them a taste of home in the homeland.