The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a historical,cultural and spiritual landmark marketing campaign purposely targeting the African–American and those in Diaspora to mark 400 years of the first enslaved Africans who arrived in Jamestown Virginia and to also help African-Americans to resettle and learn to rekindle their route and root.
The Year of Return 2019 is facilitated by the Ghana Tourism Authority(GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President the PANAFEST Foundation and The Adinkra Group of the USA.The year of Return 2019 was designed to mark the 400 years since the first African slaves landed on the American soil in a place called Jamestown in Virginia.This initiative is suppose to revamp the spirit of our bothers and sisters in the diaspora to come home to encourage development and investment.
There are about 32 castles and Fort spread along Ghana’s coast which is purposely built for this strange acts of slave trade,these monuments makes Ghana one of the African countries to embark on this project to welcome our brothers and sisters home to witness and testify about where and how the diabolic trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Journey to the unknown begun,the initiation was first conceived by the kuffour’s administration dubbed Joseph’s Project and it was chaired and led by the late Jake Obistebi Lamptey,then minister of Tourism with the aim of encouraging those in the diaspora to come home.
THE YEAR OF RETURN GHANA 2019
BELOW ARE THE PROGRAMS LINE-UP
APRIL(Friday 19th) YENKO AND HERITAGE PARAGLIDING FESTIVAL
This event is happening at Kwahu as part of the Easter activities.The Kwahu paragliding festival was first introduced in 2005 by the Ghana’s Tourism ministry.
JUNE(Saturday 15th) WAX PRINT FESTIVAL
African style of dressing is generally different from other part of the world especially Ghana.Wax print contribute about 75% of the cloths we wear in Ghana everyday,so this event will highlight the importance of the Ghana wax print and it’s increased usage by our brothers and sisters in the diaspora.
JUNE-JULY(29th June-July 1st) HOME COMING SUMMIT
The home coming summit is one of the musical explosion event in this years Back to Africa summit,our beloved Reggae artist who is making it large across the world Zonto or Black Prophet will be performing with other Jamaican artist like Kenyatta Hill,Duan Stephenson,Morgan’s Family and Leroy Sibbles as well as other local Reggae-Dance-hall artist.
JULY(Monday 1st- Sunday 7th) HELLENIC WEEK RE-UNION AND DIASPORA HOMECOMING
Ghana verses USA comedy night show is one of it’s kind which is happening at this years summit,this is where Ghana meet USA in boot for boot comedy night.A group trip will be organize to the Elmina and Cape Coast Castle,Kakum Canopy walkway,Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum etc.There is also going to be a diaspora celebration at the Accra International Conference Center.
JULY-AUGUST(Wednesday 24 July-Friday 2 August) PANAFEST
1) Slave route pilgrimage and atonement ceremony.
2) Wreath laying and tribute to the ancestors -24th July 2019
3) Return Journey and Akwaaba Ceremony -26th July 2019
4) The Panafest Village/Bazaar/Expo Forum : 26th July-2nd August 2019
5) Colloquium,Lectures,Dialogues – 29th-31st July 2019
6) Inter Faith Dialogue -28th July
7) Opening ceremony and grand durbar of chiefs and queens mothers and people of Ghana -27th July 2019
8) Reverential Night-31st July 2019
9) Emancipation Day – 1st August 2019
10) The International Hip Hop Pan African Diaspora Family Reunion Summit in collaboration with PANAFEST & MUSIGA.- 2nd August 2019
This event will showcase how African hair style have affected our brothers and sisters in the diaspora,there will be hair braiding competition and more.It will also seek to address,how the youth nowadays are using chemicals to destroy their natural hair as well as to identify some of the ways one can use natural extract from plants to grow the hair.
INVESTMENT FORUM (
Investment forum will imbibe on how to promote and develop Ghana through business and investment,so this forum will seek to raise awareness on how our brothers and sisters in the diaspora could come home and open businesses in the motherland to encourage the African economy and productivity.
MARCUS GARVEY AWARD BALL AND BANQUET(
This event is in remembrance to celebrate some of great African leaders and freedom fighters who fought for our independence and our rights,they will also celebrate individuals and people who have done great works to enhance the Pan-African unity.
JAMESTOWN TO JAMESTOWN(
The first slave ship landed on the shores of Virginia,Jamestown,this event will try to disclose how our people suffered during this inhuman journey to an unknown.The program will start from Jamestown Virginia to Jamestown,Accra,Ghana to commemorate the 400 years anniversary of this savage act.