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This Ashanti prince became the First Black Mining Engineer in the world in the 1850s | Face2Face Africa

Born on April 24, 1827, Ghana’s Kwasi Boakye is the world’s first black mining engineer. The African-Dutch mining engineer was a prince of the Ashanti Empire and the eldest son of Kwaku Dua II, a king of the Ashanti kingdom. In 1837, along with his cousin Kwame Poku, the prince left to pursue an education in the Netherlands. The prince and his cousin were sent from their homeland to the Netherlands as part of a deal that gave the Dutch ”recruits” from Africa when they could no longer legally take slaves. The king received a portion of the agreed sum […]

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Ghana: How Ghana Went Above and Beyond For Year of Return 2019 | AllAfrica

Cape Town — Ghana is to launch a multi-million dollar fund aimed at attracting investment from members of the African diaspora in the United States and around the world – a follow-up to the “Year of Return 2019” in which the nation reached out to the diaspora on the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first African slaves in the United States. In a news conference earlier this month, Ken Ofori-Atta, the country’s Minister of Finance, announced the “African Sankofa Savings Account”, which he said would enable both high- and low-income earners from the diaspora to invest in “tourism […]

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How Kwame Nkrumah used metaphor as a political weapon against colonialism | The Conversation

Kwame Nkrumah (1912-1972), a pioneering pan-Africanist and Ghana’s independence leader (1957-1966), is regarded by many as one of Africa’s greatest politicians . Commentators, historians and scholars have given him accolades such as ‘the Black Star’, ‘Africa’s Man of Destiny’ and ‘the Pride of Africa’. Twenty years ago, the BBC’s African listeners voted him as Africa’s Man of the Millennium. Nkrumah was one of the main catalysts of the African independence revolution in the 1950s and 1960s and his political rhetoric influenced world affairs in the 20th century. To understand how his spoken word influenced politics in his time, I did […]

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How Ghana’s historic homecoming is changing Africa | CNN

(CNN) — It’s the last Saturday of the year in the heart of Accra, Ghana’s capital. The air is thick with the anticipation of the thousands of revelers who have swarmed the gates of El Wak Stadium to take part in an annual celebration of African culture known as Afrochella. Inside it’s a sea of diversity. Austrian, Ivorian and Nigerian men pose for cameras before inviting an American woman to join. Nearby, two French women draped in the traditional Ghanaian Kente cloth dance to a mix of reggae and afrobeats. At the bar, four British men chat with locals while […]

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Everyone And Their Mama Was In Ghana For The Holidays | Essence

The FOMO was real this holiday season as Black excellence hit the streets of Accra, Ghana. If you weren’t in Ghana for the holidays, you were probably the only one. Melanin of all shades descended on the streets of Accra to close out not only the decade but the country’s ridiculously successful Year of Return initiative. And for everyone who wasn’t there, trust that the FOMO was very real. From celebrities like Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker, who hosted ESSENCE’s Full Circle Festival, to everyday travelers, Black travelers were excited to return “home” to Ghana and live their best […]

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Black Queens Came To Afrochella Dressed To Impress | MadameNoire

This weekend Ghana hosted their annual Afrochella festival, a celebration of the different types of African cultures through music, food, fashion and much more. In contrast to Coachella, Afrochella is an entirely black experience where every attendee has a feeling of solidarity. This year’s theme is Year of the Return of the African Diaspora, so many African-Americans traveled to Ghana to experience the greatness that is the blackest festival ever. “It’s amazing,” Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for people who don’t feel like they connect to any culture other than American culture. If […]

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The story of Breffu, a female slave from Ghana who led a massive slave revolt to take over the West Indies in 1733 | Face2Face Africa

Many rebellions took place during the peak of the slave trade. The reasons for the uprising are simple; enslaved Africans were tired of being abused, misused and mistreated. They were also tired of seeing each other die and living in stark poverty all their lives. Enslaved Africans were not allowed to voice out their troubles and problems; this led to the act of rebelling against their masters and fleeing to freedom, their only way of being heard. In 1733, one such revolt against the Danes in the West Indies happened. Known as the 1733 slave insurrection on St John, it […]

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Afrochella Is Ghana’s Ultimate Party With A Purpose | Essence

Cofounder and CEO Abdul Karim Abdullah hopes Year of the Return visitors will feel “a vibration of the country and what it feels like to be with the people.” On January 1, 2019, London-based British-Ghanaian lawyer Yvonne Kramo was definitely feeling some FOMO when she tweeted, “Christmas/ NYE 2018 clearly belonged to Accra. #Afrochella.” Indeed, Idris Elba, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Naomi Campbell, Ebro Darden and many other celebs were in Accra, Ghana, for the inaugural Full Circle Festival. Their itinerary included an invitation to what seemed like the continent’s biggest day-into-night event, Afrochella. More than 10,000 people gathered […]

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Ghana granted citizenship to over 100 African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans as part of Year of Return |Quartz Africa

As Osibisa’s “Welcome Home” played in the background, 126 African-Americans and Afro-Caribbeans, dressed in colorful traditional costumes, became Ghana’s newest citizens. The oath of allegiance was administered by a judge in a ceremony at Jubilee House, the seat of government. The ceremony is the biggest highlight as Ghana marks 2019 as the Year of Return. One after the other, the new citizens took turns to shake hands with their president and went on to collect their citizenship certificates. “On behalf of the government and people of Ghana, I congratulate you once again on resuming your identity as Ghanaians,” President Nana […]

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Why more and more black Americans are moving to Ghana | The Week

Mark Beckford, Mark Beckford Natalija Gormalova/Narratively. Featured Image hen Lakeshia Ford decided she was going to pack up her life and her budding career and move from New Jersey to Ghana, her family could not understand why she wanted to make the trek to a country thousands of miles from home. Even more surprising, to some, was Ford’s reason: the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The incident, which set off protests across the United States, was a tipping point for the 30-year-old Ford and her relationship with the country of her birth. “Mike […]

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