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Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President Leads Diasporan Team to Pay Courtesy Call on H.E. ex-President John Agyekum Kuffour

On Tuesday, 1st June 2020, the Diaspora Affairs Office led by Deputy-Director Nadia Adongo Musah led a team from the Diaspora to pay a courtesy call on former President H.E. J.A. Kuffour in his home at Peduase. Inclusive in the team were music artist Zakisha Brown, her mom, Victor, his wife and their kids.

Zakisha Brown shared her admiration for the ex-President and expressed her appreciation for his    contribution in ensurng that she and many from the Diaspora now feel welcome in Ghana. Victor also thanked the ex-President for his contributions towards climate action and invited the ex-President to be a part of a global conversation on climate action.

H.E. J.A. Kuffour also shared his appreciation towards the Diaspora Affairs Office for the engagements witht the Diaspora and mentioned to the Diasporan team that he is happy to be part of any project which centers mankind as that is his priorty.

The visit forms a part of the Diaspora engagement by Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President and ensuring the Diaspora who move to Ghana feel welcome in the country.

President H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Inaugrates Beyond the Return Steering Committee

On Tuesday, 1st June 2021, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo Inaugrated a national committee to steer the agenda and events of Beyond the Return. The event was held in the Banquet Hall of the Jubilee House.

The 15-member committee will be co-chaired by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Dr. Ibrahim Awal and Minister for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta. Other members of the committee are Minister for Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako – Atta, Director of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President, Akwasi Awua Ababio, Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) Edith Penelope Arhin, Regional Commander for the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Representative of the Ghana Tourism Federation, Madam Stella Appenteng and Professor Esi Sutherland Addy, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Yofi Grant, Private sector representative, Kwame Acheampong Boateng, Media Majique’s Reginald Laryea, Rabbi Kohain of the Diaspora Coalition, Mrs. Worwornyo Agyeman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Dominic Afriyie Agyemang of the Ministry of Interior and a  representative of the Ghana Tourism Authority to be determined.

Spelling out their mandate at the Inaugration, H.E. Akufo-Addo charged members of the committee to design and implement effective strategies to boost trade, encourage tourism and remove constraints which hinders tourism activities in places in Ghana.

Founded on 7 pillars,    ‘Beyond the Return’ ‘A Decade of African Renaissance’ is a 10-year project building on the success of the “Year of Return” to grow Ghana’s tourism industry, showcase its investment potential, and solidify its Diaspora engagement programs.

Runway Ghana Team Presents an Achievement Award to the Director, Diaspora Affairs

The RUNWAY GHANA team paid a courtesy call on Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio, the Director of Diaspora Affairs on  Wednesday 26th May 2021. The meeting, held at his office in the Jubilee House, Accra was to officially introduce the brand RUNWAY GHANA to the Office and also to establish a business
relationship between RUNWAY GHANA and the Diaspora Office. Founded in 2016, RUNWAY GHANA brings together stakeholders in the fashion industry including models, fashion designers and customers to collaborate, and share ideas on how to make the industry better and beneficial for everyone involved.

“The main goal for RUNWAY GHANA is to build a sustainable fashion business in the long term coupled with building global fashion mentors out of [Ghana’s] local fashion homes. This we have demonstrated and showcased to the world by bringing all fashion stakeholders on one platform and have further built direct relationships between clothing companies, models, fashion designers and their customers locally and on the international front,” remarked Mr. Wisdom Akwesi Ababio, CEO of RUNWAY GHANA while extending his appreciation for the meeting.

Responding, Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio assured RUNWAY GHANA of the support of the Office of Diaspora Affairs. He also shared his excitement towards the initiative which is determined to boost the textile industry.

The team from RUNWAY GHANA further presented an achievement award to Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio honouring him for his contribution towards the merging and the business sustainability of Ghanaian fashion through Diaspora engagement.

The annual event is set to showcase Ghanaian fashion, music and art through its enactment of social, cultural and economic initiatives including Buy Ghana and Wear Ghana. Other activities planned for this year includes New York Fashion Week as well as a workshop to educate participants on business opportunities in the fashion industry while shedding light on the fashion industry and emerging fashion designers through a collaborative catwalk and exhibition.

A Working Visit to Complete Farmer: Digital Remote Farming from Seed to Market

The 28th of April, 2021 saw the Director of Diaspora Affairs, Akwasi Awua Ababio pay a working visit to the office of Complete Farmer in East Legon, Accra. This followed a visit by the founder Desmond Koney to the Jubilee House a week prior to introduce his platform to the Office.  Complete Farmer founded by Ghanaian, Desmond Koney is an end to end digital agriculture platform which enables industries across the globe to source for agriculture commodities and also allows for individuals to participate in the agriculture value chain. The company is made up of a pan African team of young professionals from engineering, business, agronomy, finance and marketing backgrounds.

Giving Mr. Ababio a tour of their office, Desmond Koney explained how the platform works. Users sign up on the website and select which crops they would want to farm as well as the acreage, all from the comfort of being behind their digital devices. With over 12,000 acres of farm cultivation across Ghana, Complete Farmer takes this request and outsources the farming project to their farmers, about 350 in number. Farms are selected and cultivated on based on extensive research and data to ensure high quality yield. The platform uses satelites and sensors allowing for users to view and get comprehensive updates on their farms at any place and at any point in time. Upon harvest, users are notified. The platform not only includes farmers but a buyer market place as well. Thus, users are assured of buyers and can also determine how many bags they would want to sell and to whom. Complete Farmer currently ships high quality agriculture produce to the Netherlands, Germany, China, India, Sinagapore and United Arab Emirates. The platform currently farms soy beans, maize, ginger, carrots, sweet potatoes, chilli pepper, groundnuts, cassava, sesame seeds and pineapple.

The Director of Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Ababio commended Desmond Koney and his team for instituting such an initiative in agriculture. As this initiative also intersects with the Government of Ghana’s drive to encourage agriculture, Mr. Ababio assured Desmond Koney of support from the Government. He also mentioned the platform is an initiative which can be recommended to people in the diaspora as it will allow for those not in Ghana to be able to invest in farming without being here. Moreover, those in the country who would want to get into farming but do not want to get into the physical act could also take advantage of the platform. Mr. Ababio further assured Complete Farmer of the support and future engagement with Diaspora Affairs to introduce the platform to members of the Diaspora.

Queen Afua visits Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President

Queen Afua and her wellness team paid a visit to the presidency on 24th March, 2020 upon the invite of the Director of Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio. Arriving with her entourage, they were ushered in the conference room where they met with the Director, Deputy Director Mad. Nadia Adongo Musah, Presidential Advisor on Health Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Deputy Chief of Staff Emmanuel Adumua-Bossman and staff of Diaspora Affairs.

Mad. Nadia welcomed and introduced those present. Queen Afua shared her appreciation towards the reception she had received on her visit to Ghana. This she mentioned has touched her that she will be bringing with her in August during her birthday about 100 people from the Diaspora for a wellness event. She further shared her intentions of setting up a Global Centre for Wellness in Ghana where healing will be done holistically and with herbs. She went on to introduce some of her products to officials present and signed her books making a presentation to the officials present.

The Presidential Advisor on Health, Dr. Nsiah-Asare expressed his pleasure in meeting Queen Afua and her team. He lauded Queen Afua’s intentions to set up a Wellness Centre in Ghana noting the need for a more holistic approach to health issues. For the Deputy Chief of Staff, Adumua-Bossman the presence of Queen Afua and her intention to set up a wellness was a benefit accrued from the Year of Return. He further assured Queen Afua of the Government of Ghana’s support to enable Queen Afua fulfill her intentions.

Members of Queen Afua’s wellness team also shared their appreciation towards the reception they had received thus far and were looking forward to the spiritual journey ahead of them as they set out to visit various places in Ghana.

 

Orientation Programme for Newly Appointed Ambassadors and High Commisioners

In preparation for the newly appointed Ambassadors and High Commisioners to represent Ghana abroad, the DIrector of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio was invited to make a presentation on the topic “Diaspora Engagement for Development” on Wednesday, 14th April, 2021 at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the Dr. Obed Asamoah Conference Room.

The Director during his submission reiterated the importance of the Diaspora to Ghana as they carry powerful assets which when harnessed can help transform the nation. Mr. Awua further highlighted the important role the Office of Diaspora Affairs plays in ensuring there is a framework which can be structured and instituted to allow the country effectively engage and include the Diaspora in nation building. Moreover, the Office he mentioned was working with the National Identification Authority to make a database of Ghanaians living in the Diaspora.

As a result, he shared with the newly appointed envoys the Diaspora Engagement Policy which is in the pipeline, a comprehensive document which had been compiled following stakeholder consultations in various countries including the United States, France, Germany, U.K., Canada and Nigeria. Mr. Ababio urged the Ambassadors and High Commisioners designates to make it a point to reach out to the Ghanaian Diaspora and to make Ghana a place of interest for them not only to move back but at the very least invest in financially. The historical Diaspora was not left out of the discussion. Here, Mr. Ababio mentioned the country may have to in the forseeable future develop an orientation programme to better manage the expectations of all those who desire to return or move to Ghana.

In an engaging question and answer session with the newly appointed envoys, some issues raised included: addressing issues of irregular migrations; ensuring Ghanaians in the diaspora can vote; dual citizenship; and an appeal to have the country be cautious in how it deals with the identities of others who have been called to return to Ghana. An appeal was also made to have Diaspora Affairs work closely with Ghana’s missions abroad.

Mr. Ababio further briefed the Designates on the Year of Return, its successes and challenges and further highlighted the Beyond the Return agenda.

 

 

 

Zakisha Brown meets with Nadia Adongo Musah, Deputy-Director, Diaspora Affairs

As part of her visit to Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President Canadian-born Jamaican artist Zakisha Brown met with the Deputy Director, Nadia Adongo Musah. In this meeting, Zakisha responding to the Deputy Director shared her reasons for moving to Ghana expressing the affinity which her mom and her found Ghana during the Year of Return 2019. Moreover, the love and support she received from people in Ghana towards her and her music has been phenomenal which has moved her to come produce her debut album in the country as well as film the visuals.

The Deputy Director acknowledged the creative arts as integral to the Return of the Diaspora which Ghana had called out for and shared the immense opportunities which exist and can be tapped into in Ghana. Nadia further encouraged Zakisha to incorporate the beautiful scenery in Ghana into her music videos and in doing so must also place emphasis on the Northern parts of the country which also encapsulates a beautiful and critical story of our past rarely told.

Zakisha Brown meets with Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio, Director, Diaspora Affairs

Canadian-born Jamaican artist Zakisha Brown paid the Director a visit on Wednesday, 7th April 2021. The meeting had her express her profound admiration and appreciation towards Ghana, springing from the Year of Return 2019 which was the catalyst for her coming to Ghana. Zakisha mentioned staying for three months then she fell in love with the country that when she left she made the hit song Went to Ghana, which points to some of her experiences and observations in the country. Zakisha also mentioned she is currently working on her debut album as well as filming the visuals in Ghana. She also mentioned she is into some community service projects which includes workshops for teenagers in schools as well partaking in some beach clean ups as well as farming.

The Director of Diaspora Affairs, Mr. Akwasi Awua Ababio on the receiving end thanked Zakisha for making it a point to come visit and introduce herself to the office. He also expressed gratitude that Zakisha amongst many had responded to the clarion call put out by Ghana to have the Diaspora come engage and interact with Africa through Ghana. Zakisha’s story is a testament to the success of the Year of Return which has now morphed to become Beyond the Return to help the country consolidate the gains made from the event. This visit, for the Director, was the first of many mutual interactions and engagements with the Office and Zakisha.

 

 

 

Ghana to Launch Year Long Marketing and Reunification Initiative Marking 400-Year Anniversary of First Enslaved Africans Arrival in the US in 1619

Washington, DC — Following a successful launch of the inaugural Back2Africa Festival in February 2018 and the Ghana Tourism US East Coast Visit in March 2018 with The Adinkra Group to promote Ghana as a prime tourism destination, The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) continues to bolster their efforts to promote Ghana as a prime tourist, business and investment destination for African Americans.

In late August 2018, GTA partnered with The Adinkra Group and Sunseekers Tours to host a team of writers and photographers from the iconic EBONY Magazine in Ghana documenting lifestyle, culture and tourism which will be prominently featured in EBONY’s Power 100 issue in print and online later this year.

The editorial will serve as an introduction to what people can look forward in 2019. The Year of Return, Ghana 2019 is an initiative aimed to celebrate the resilience of African people, market Ghana as both a high profile tourism and business destination in an effort to build stronger bonds between Ghana and African people in the Diaspora.

Underscored by the United States Congress’ recently passed Act, H.R. 1242 – 400 Years of African-American Experience, the launch of The Year of Return, Ghana 2019 will be held Friday, September 28, 2018. His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana will meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and hold a private town hall meeting for all Ghanaians at The Embassy of Ghana in Washington, DC.

The Year of Return, Ghana 2019 is the only centrally organized public-private partnership with an African nation commemorating the quatercentenary of the arrival of Africans in the United States. The Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana leads the steering committee, which is coordinated by The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the Auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in collaboration with the PANAFEST Foundation, Cultural Heritage African Tours, and The Adinkra Group. Given Ghana’s longstanding reciprocal relationship with African-Americans and the African diaspora under the banner of Pan- Africanism dating back to Ghana’s Independence, this partnership is both highly appropriate and inspiring.

Members of the press corps are invited to attend and learn more about the Year of Return Launch and should RSVP for attendance confirmation. Interviews with His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will not be granted however the Honorable Catherine Abelema Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, officials of the Ghana Tourism Authority and members of the Steering Committee may be available for interviews after the launch.

What: Year of Return, Ghana 2019 Launch

When: Friday, September 28, 2018 at 12 noon

Where: National Press Club
529 F Street NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045

How: Send RSVP request with Full name, affiliation, phone number and email to: Denisha Henry at info@yearofreturn.com or call (240) 389-4044

For more details, visit www.yearofreturn.com

The Year of Return, Ghana 2019 – Programs (more programs to be added):

JANUARY 2019
“BRA FIE” Concert hosted by Damian Marley, Son of Bob Marley
Targeting Caribbean market and local Ghanaian youth involvement

FEBRUARY 2019
Back2Africa Festival to celebrate Black History Month
US music groups performances in Cape Coast Castle and AfricanAncestry.com reveals

MARCH 2019
Independence day activities
Key African American figures to celebrate Independence Day

APRIL 2019
Heritage Paragliding
Yearly paragliding festival

JUNE 2019
Homecoming and Investment Summit
Targeting second generation Ghanaians in the diaspora

JULY 2019
PANAFEST
Promote and enhance unity, Pan-Africanism, and the development of the continent of Africa itself.

AUGUST 2019
Emancipation / African American Investment Forum
Marking end of slavery in the Caribbean and an African American investment forum

  • NOVEMBER 2019
    Ghana Carnival
    Repositioning Ghana’s Carnival in the world Carnival market

DECEMBER 2019
Right to Return and Afrochella
A celebration by African Americans who received citizenship in 2016 and Major Youth Carnival in Ghana

Source: The African Dream