Ghana’s ambassador to the United States, H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, has called on the African American community in Baltimore to visit Ghana their mother land yearly.
Dr. Adjei-Barwuah was speaking at the 203rd Session of the Baltimore Annual Conference at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sharing with them the good message of the Year of Return, Dr. Adjei-Barwuah touched on Ghana’s open door community to the African Diaspora, particularly, the African American community.
“You have to recognize that there is a home that you left, the home is still there, the home is doing well, and you may want to come because the home is where you go and you have to be taken in because you have a right. Ghana has decided that every Black American has a Right of Abode. Let me address your mind to the fact that over the last twenty (20) years, a lot of Black Americans have relocated to Ghana, and so have people from the West Indies. And we are extending that welcome, this year in particular, for you to visit your home.”
Dr. Adjei-Barwuah encouraged the excited congregation not only to visit Ghana, but to invest and give back in meaningful ways that transform their home; adding that “We have had bad times, you stood by us. I encourage you to still stand by us. Even if it is a widow’s mite, divide that into two, and give back to support Ghana’s development.”
Ghana’s ambassador again touched on the current social issues affecting African Americans, and reminded them that, Ghana’s doors are particularly open during tough times as Ghana is a country best known for its hospitality.
“So when the going is tough, always remember that there is a home to go to, and that home is Ghana. Come, see it, feel it, and experience the Ghanaian hospitality,” Dr. Adjei-Barwuah intimated.
About YOF: According the YOF committee, The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. The arrival of enslaved Africans marked a sordid and sad period, when our kith and kin were forcefully taken away from Africa into years of deprivation, humiliation and torture. While August 2019 marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in the United States, “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019” celebrates the cumulative resilience of all the victims of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade who were scattered and displaced through the world in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.