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    How Ghana made itself the African home for a return of the black diaspora

    By Kwasi Gyamfi AsieduNovember 14, 2018
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    In a recently released music video, Fuse ODG and Damian Marley (Bob Marley’s youngest son) explore the themes of slavery, colonialism, black pride and modern day police brutality. ‘Bra Fie’ (which translates from the Ghanaian language Akan as “Come Home”) is an Afrobeats tune that harks back to the pan-Africanist themes of some of the older Marley’s anthemic hits. But it could also be a soundtrack for a potential wave of “homecoming” to Ghana for people of African descent.

    August 2019 will make it 400 years since the anchoring of an English ship in Jamestown, Virginia carrying a small group of enslaved Africans. While African slaves had been in other parts of the Americas region (including the United States) before 1619, that year is widely regarded as the commencement of the African slave trade to North America.

    In all, the Transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the New World lasted four centuries (1444-1888) and involved nearly all the European powers.

    When Brazil became the last country to abolish the slave trade in 1888, an estimated 17 million African women and men had been seized from the continent and transported to plantations across the Americas—a conservative figure that UNESCO admits excludes the many who died on the way and were thrown into the high seas. Many of the enslaved Africans came from West Africa and the present-day nation of Ghana was a significant place of origin. To mark the landmark anniversary, Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo in October, declared 2019 as “The Year of Return”, launching a series of programs that would seek to encourage people of African ancestry to make the “birthright journey home for the global African family.” The idea of a homecoming of “our brothers and sisters” who were taken away is one that Ghana has long fancied and championed.
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    https://qz.com/africa/1460950/africa...rica-is-ghana/
    Whiskey for my men, and beer for my horses.
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  • #2
    I would really respect those black americans who relocate to africa

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    • #3
      I seriously doubt any significant number will depart.
      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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      • #4
        If the U.S. is so bad why didn't they move to Canada? Africa is harder to get to. My experience has been that black Americans are as patriotic as any other group and more conservative than many. Racial relations are complex in the U.S. and full of contradictions.
        We hunt the hunters

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        • #5
          Racial relations are complex everywhere not just US

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nastle View Post
            Racial relations are complex everywhere not just US
            A comparative analysis could be enlightening. How do you see racial relations in the U.S. vs other places?
            We hunt the hunters

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            • #7
              I'm no expert
              plus racial relations are not so openly discussed overseas as here in US
              and they are framed differently not in racial terms
              we in US are obsessed with race

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              • #8
                One other challenge would be that any Blacks with knowledge and skills that would help build up Ghana are likely to do better, make more money, and have a better lifestyle remaining in the USA than immigrating. Some exception would be those with Capital and looking for a rather fresh market to develop; i.e. become the "evil capitalists" whom start businesses and industries, etc. in Ghana.

                Otherwise, seems the only ones likely to be interested would be those with little to no marketable skills or assets, which I'd suspect Ghana has no shortage of.
                Whiskey for my men, and beer for my horses.
                TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
                Bock's First Law of History: The Past shapes the Present, which forms the Future. *

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by G David Bock View Post
                  One other challenge would be that any Blacks with knowledge and skills that would help build up Ghana are likely to do better, make more money, and have a better lifestyle remaining in the USA than immigrating. Some exception would be those with Capital and looking for a rather fresh market to develop; i.e. become the "evil capitalists" whom start businesses and industries, etc. in Ghana.

                  Otherwise, seems the only ones likely to be interested would be those with little to no marketable skills or assets, which I'd suspect Ghana has no shortage of.
                  Good points.

                  And those to whom the race card is everything will never leave. Moving to Ghana would mean that their failures and setbacks cannot be blamed upon anyone but themselves.
                  Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post

                    Good points.

                    And those to whom the race card is everything will never leave. Moving to Ghana would mean that their failures and setbacks cannot be blamed upon anyone but themselves.
                    ditto
                    well said

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