Ghana recently hosted two Black music festivals.

There’s Afrochella, recently re-branded as Afro Future Fest, and the Black Star Line Festival, which took place on January 6. Artists like Erykah Badu and T-Pain were booked to perform at the latter.

But there’s another, more serious reason for Ghana’s appeal.

In 2019, it launched The Year Of The Return campaign, which urged Black Americans to visit and possibly live in Ghana.

According to DW, 2019 “marked 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia.”

“The Year Of The Return also honored the resilience of all the victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, who were forcefully displaced throughout the world, ending up in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.”

If you visit, Accra is a must, where you’ll find Black Star Square and the Makola Market.

The Assin Manso Slave River tells an interesting and somber tale. Here, slaves took their last bath on African soil before being shipped to the Americas, never to return.


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