Thursday, June 2, 2011

Return of the Diaspora

Today Ghana, once at the heart of Africa's slave-trading routes, has the largest community of African Americans in West Africa.
ACCRA, Ghana ( - Meeting and greeting many African Americans in a hotel lobby, some even from your own hometown, may seem like no big deal in the U.S., but what are the chances of bumping into each other in a hotel lobby in Ghana, West Africa?

According to reports of the 446,000 tourists pouring into Ghana in 2005, nearly one-quarter were Africans from the Diaspora. If that doesn’t get your attention, it did Ghana’s government, for in May Ghana’s tourism ministry changed its name to the Ministry of Tourism & Diasporan Relations.

Many Diaspora Africans are in Ghana developing businesses, producing films, establishing religious edifices, completing university course requirements and, like W.E.B. Dubois before them, also planning on making Ghana their final resting place.

Currently, there are an estimated 5,000 Diaspora Africans living in Ghana. Many of them, including former Detroit native Nana (chief) Kwadwo Oluwale Akpan, were honored this past summer in Ghana at a dinner sponsored by the Philadelphia-based 20/20 Group

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