Tag: Visit to Africa

Slavery’s 400-Year Anniversary Brings Tourist Boom To Ghana

By Alessandra Prentice and Siphiwe Sibeko, Reuters

In a clearing at the turnoff to Assin Manso, a billboard depicts two African slaves in loincloths, their arms and legs in chains. Beside them are the words, “Never Again!” This is “slave river,” where captured Ghanaians submitted to a final bath before being shipped across the Atlantic into slavery centuries ago, never to return to the land of their birth. Today, it is a place of somber homecoming for the descendants of those who spent their lives as someone else’s property.

The popularity of the site has swelled this year, 400 years after the trade in Africans to the English colonies of America began. This month’s anniversary of the first Africans to arrive in Virginia has caused a rush of interest in ancestral tourism, with people from the United States, the Caribbean and Europe seeking out their roots in West Africa.

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Northern New York native describes his work as U.S. ambassador to Rwanda


A Canton native now serving as the U.S. ambassador to Rwanda described Monday how the small African country has rebounded since a 1994 genocide, during which nearly a million residents were murdered.

Peter H. Vrooman, 53, was joined by his mother Sally Vrooman, Canton, during the luncheon meeting of the Canton Rotary Club at the Best Western University Inn.

“I try to encourage people to visit Rwanda. It’s a very safe country,” Mr. Vrooman said. “It’s a place you can get to; it’s fairly well-served and connected with airports. It’s just a long way to go.”

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Obama to visit Uganda

By Henry Lubega

Former US president Barrack Obama is expected to visit Uganda in December, organisers of a week-long conference to mark 400 years since the start of slavery against Africans, have said.

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Reclaiming “Send Her Back”: A Call for Black Americans to Voyage to Africa

By Johnaé Strong

When it comes to being Black, queer and immigrant in America, there is no safety. The countless violent attacks on people of color, the lack of action against guns after repeated mass shootings and the unrelenting excuses for assailants who are predominantly white and male point to a sinister truth about America: Violence and murder founded this nation and remain deeply entrenched in the state ideology. The president has reinforced this ideology by inciting anti-Black and anti-immigrant sentiment through the call for ICE raids and a border wall and shouts for American-born, non-white government officials to go back to their countries.

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You’ll Soon Finally Be Able to Fly Directly From Philly to Africa

By Fabiola Cineas

American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, will finally fly to Africa. Its first-ever route to the continent will launch on June 4, 2020 and fly to Casablanca, Morocco from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). The flight is PHL’s first scheduled service to Africa and makes American the only U.S. carrier with a direct flight to Casablanca.

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SA city is the world’s top African bucket list destination

New data released by hoppa, leading ground transportation specialist, reveals the world’s most popular bucket list destinations in Africa for 2019. South Africa and Kenya feature strongly.

Cape Town topped the list as the most popular bucket list destination in city in Africa, while Kenya is the most popular country on most peoples bucket-list to visit

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By Bode Durojaiye

Seventy African-Americans have traced their ancestral lineage to the ancient town of Oyo, Nigeria and were feted at a reception organised in their honor at the Palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111. The monarch used to the occasion to call on the Nigerian government embark on re-integrating Yorubas across the globe back to their ancestral roots. 

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World Wrestling Entertainment champion, Kofi Kingston, visits Ghana

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion, Kofi Kingston, has returned to Ghana for the first time in 26 years with a message to inspire the youth and Ghanaians to have big dreams and work toward them.

The champion has paid a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House.

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Egyptian-Canadian produces “Free Trip to Egypt” to allay fears of a Muslim country

By Karris Golden

Tarek Mounib knows he scares people. In the eyes of some, he is the embodiment of terror. Some fear his religion, which is Islam. Some also fear his ethnicity: He was born and raised in Canada by parents who emigrated from Egypt to Canada. Growing up in 1970s Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mounib’s was the only Muslim family in the neighborhood.

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Ethiopian-American Liya Kebede joins Naomi Campbell to strut at ‘Arise Fashion Week’ in Lagos

Last Month, thousands of international fashion fans, creatives, models, and influencers gathered in Lagos, Nigeria to celebrate Africa’s greatest fashion design talents at the annual Arise Fashion Week.

High-profile guest, supermodels Naomi CampbellLiya Kebede, and Alton Mason were spotted hitting the runway in looks by Nigerian designer Bridget Awosika and 2019 LVMH finalist, Kenneth Ize.

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Pope Tells Moroccans ‘We Are Brothers and Sisters’

Pope Francis sought Sunday to encourage greater fraternity between Christians and Muslims in Morocco, telling his flock that showing the country’s Muslim majority they are part of the same human family will help stamp out extremism.

On his second and final day in Morocco, Francis told Catholic priests and sisters that even though they are few in number, they shouldn’t seek to convert others to Christianity but rather engage in dialogue and charity.

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Egypt speaks from amongst its ancient ruins

By Ray Chatelin

Egypt not only capitalizes on its culture and history, it revels in it.

The old and the new live side by side here, a physical and spiritual culture of pharaohs and kings, and a contemporary population whose past is tightly linked to its economic future.

For in this arid country of blowing sand and vast cities, you can’t escape the past. It clings to you at every corner of its ancient temples, stares at you from every doorway of its tombs and monuments.

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Inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee visits Africa to celebrate 30th anniversary of the web

Computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee is in Lagos, Nigeria as part of a 30-hour tour to a few cities around the world to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the web.

The celebratory tour is undertaken with the Web Foundation; “an international non-profit organisation advocating for a free and open web for everyone,” founded by Tim Berners-Lee.

According to a tweet from Tim’s official Twitter account announcing the tour’s itinerary, CERN, where it all started, was the first stop for Tim and the Web Foundation team.

In 1989, while working for the European Organisation for Nuclear Research also known as CERN, Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal that formed the basis for the web. He went ahead to write the first web browser one year after in 1990.

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Trevor Noah visits his South African home, invited to Parliament

Internationally successful comedian Trevor Noah visited his home country and paid a visit to the South African Parliament.

Trevor said he wants to vote in the upcoming elections and is working out how to register overseas.

President Cyril Ramaphosa later welcomed Noah as his special guest in parliament on Thursday.

“Honourable speaker, it’s a real joy to welcome Trevor Noah among us, over there,” said Ramaphosa as he pointed to Noah amid loud applause and whistling from MPs.

“Trevor, I never get this type of applause so I am jealous,” the president quipped.

“We welcome Trevor, he’s come for an assignment but he’s come home as well.

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Ghana Earning Its Stars And Stripes Through Tourism

Outside Accra’s shiny new Kotoka International Airport is a fleet of 30 black Land Cruisers waiting for a motley group of 60 African-Americans gripped by wanderlust.

The airport, birthed from the partnership between Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), now processes around 1,250 passengers per hour with a goal of welcoming some six million passengers each year to the leafy West African country, according to Joshua Otchere of Ghana Immigration Service.

This is Ghana’s attempt to become the hub of sub-regional travel by distinguishing itself from the likes of Lagos.

“We are now offering better services, faster turnaround times from airlines and a world-class experience when traveling, which we believe will compete with the rest of the world along with great retail spaces,” says Otchere.

It is a fitting welcome to the star-studded group of visitors including international supermodel Naomi Campbell and actors Idris Elba, Anthony Anderson and Rosario Dawson among many others. Ghana, once a major hub for the transatlantic slave trade from the 16th to the 19th centuries, has several historical ties with the USA.

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