The Year of Return

Ghana is the first African Country to organize a concerted effort to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the United States in 1619.

The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a year long commemoration and celebration of the global African resilience.

In September 2018, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched this initiative in Washington following a successful local launch at the National Theatre in August 2018.

Ghana’s Pan African legacy has never been in doubt starting from the struggles of the founding fathers ,as the first Independent African Country, it’s role in the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU – Now AU), the celebration of Pan Africanism through Arts and Culture ( Panafest),
being the first African nation to celebrate Emancipation day – recognizing the end of enslavement in the Caribbean and the introduction of the Joseph Project to reunite the African Family.

Ghana housed approximately 75% of the dungeons built on the West Coast of Africa and 2019 presents an opportunity for the global African family to embark on a personal and collective Birthright journey to embrace the experience of traveling full circle back to their homeland .

The year long calendar of activities includes spiritual pilgrimages, business and investment meetings , musical concerts, gospel shows, cultural and wellness programs, family reunions and others.

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The Ministry Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in collaboration with The African Diaspora Policy Centre, cure based in The Hague, pill The Netherlands has begun a three Day training programme for stakeholders and post-bound officers at the Ministry on 2nd July, 2014. The training programme, which is intended to enhance the capacity of trainees in diaspora engagement, will focus on the relevance of diaspora engagement, forms of diaspora engagement, evidenced-based policy for engagement, building confidence and trust, the role of the diaspora and Government in the engagement process, among others.

Prof. Fantu Cheru, the consultant for the training, stressed the need for country ownership of the engagement process with government support at the highest level. He also explained the need for inclusion of diaspora engagement in national development policy with focus on regional and sector specific programmes as well as an effective engagement strategy and coordination. He affirmed that Ghana’s focus on national development for Diaspora engagement is appropriate in view of the country’s vision for development.