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Ghana Marks 2019 The "Year Of Return"

Everyone was in Ghana over the holidays, except me. Or so it felt every time I checked Instagram stories. Boris Kodjoe and marketing executive Bozama Saint John (both of Ghanaian heritage) organized a Christmas and New Year trip to the Full Circle Festival in Ghana for about forty musicians, actors and other celebrities.

 

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Anthony Anderson, Gabourey Sidibe, Cynthia Bailey, Naomi Campbell, Ebro Darden, Edward Enninful, Edris Elba, Rosario Dawson, Michael Jai White, Jidenna and others experienced the West African country's culture, heritage and hospitality.

 

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Turns out that 2019 marks 400 years since the first slave ship left Ghana for the Americas (Virginia). The horrific voyage transported Africans against their will to work as slaves in the West. The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Add declared 2019 as "The Year of Return." President Akufo-Addo extended a special invitation to the global African diaspora to come back "home" for a birth right journey. His hospitality included an NYE party for these VIP tourists.

 

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To mark the historic anniversary, actor Boris Kodjoe, Idris Elba, Naomi Campbell and other A-listers visited cultural and historical sites including the Cape Coast Castle. The Castle was the last place African slaves were held before heading to the Americas. The infamous "door of no return" is now being called the door of RETURN!

 

 

The people of Ghana want to welcome the diaspora through the "Door of No Return" at the Cape Coast Slave Dungeon. The theme of this trip sounds momentous. Going to Ghana was one of the most memorable trips of my life and has always been on my list of a must see country. If you think you would like to visit Ghana, make it happen in 2019!!

Do a quick google search of "Ghana 2019" and you will discover several group trips to the West African contry this year. If you want to take part in the journey "home," here are a few options to check out:

https://www.palacetravel.com/african-tours/return-african-diaspora-ghana/

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/year-of-return-to-ghana-2019-akwaaba-tickets-51744027780

http://www.oiadaintl.org/ghana-trip-2019

https://www.wetravel.com/trips/cultural-heritage-tour-of-ghana-black-history-month-2019-akua-washington-accra-60580122