The first enslaved Africans to set foot on American soil did so 400 years ago and it is claimed that happened in Jamestown, Virginia. The Year of Return – 2019 – seeks to commemorate this by calling on Africans of the diaspora to come home to visit, settle and/or do business in Ghana.
The commemoration takes the form of a year-long series of events designed to educate and celebrate the contributions of Africans that were scattered and displaced through the world in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture is leading the project in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President the PANAFEST Foundation and The Adinkra Group of the USA.
Each month, I will be alerting you to the events tabled for the year with the aim of encouraging you to attend if you are in the country. But I will also be flagging up articles that look at tourism and historical migration to Ghana.
A full list of the events are below.