Following the tremendous success of Ghana’s year of return 2019, the campaign to reconnect Africans in the diaspora, particularly Europe/American/Caribbean Africans, has gotten a huge boost.
With a clear and easy path to residence and citizenship for diasporans who wish to reside in Ghana or to become citizens of this beautiful and peaceful West African Nation, many Young African Americans are for the first time considering moving to Ghana to establish themselves here.
The president of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently conferred citizenship on over a hundred diasporans who took the offer proposed by the country.
In a Facebook post by American College blog, Kollege Kid announcing the Ghanaian Governments offer of free citizenship to African Americans who wants to settle in the country, the excitement among the young respondents was palpable.
Helms Rodney wrote: “Yes Ghana people are very beautiful important intelligent and it would not hurt to be there know and learn something different as well as new cultures especially Africa going home yes”
Melissa Hadley wrote: “I would [get] a dual citizenship and build a home there.”
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Last Year, many high profile Black and White Americans visited Ghana for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619. These included Ludacris, Rick Ross, Steve Harvey, Conan O’Brien, Yandy Smith, Tina Knowles among others.
PATH TO CITIZENSHIP FOR DIASPORANS OF AFRICAN DECENT
Ghana’s parliament passed a Citizenship Act in 2000 to make provision for dual citizenship, meaning that people of Ghanaian origin who have acquired citizenships abroad can take up Ghanaian citizenship if they so desire.
That same year the country enacted the Immigration Act, which provides for a “Right of Abode” for any “Person of African descent in the Diaspora” to travel to and from the country “without hindrance.”
RIGHT OF ABODE APPLICATION
- Granted to Ghanaians who have lost their Ghanaian citizenship by reason of acquisition of a foreign nationality.
- Granted to a person to a person of African descent in the Diaspora.
- An application letter addressed to the Minister for the interior applying for Right of Abode
- Attach relevant documents
Six (6) months after report on due diligence has been submitted by the Ghana Immigration Service.
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