Ghana Tourism Minister To African Americans: “You Have a Home In Ghana, Come If America Does Not Want You”


Ghana’s Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, has reiterated the death of George Floyd should help bring about a New World Order for black people in the diaspora.

Speaking after laying a wreath in honor of George Floyd at the W. E. B. Du Bois Memorial Centre for Pan-African Culture, the minister invited African Americans to re-settle in Ghana if they feel unwanted in the USA.

“Ghana supports and adds her voice to the unfolding events, solidarity and support the tragic death of Floyd has brought to the world” she said.

The late George Floyd was murdered on May 25th by 4 police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota and his death has caused protests in America and the world, with protesters condemning police brutality on black people as well as the inherent structural racism in America.

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“Racism in America continues to be a deadly pandemic, for which for more than 400 years now, our brothers and sisters in the United States of America have yearned for a cure. George Floyd was not the first black person to use the phrase ‘I can’t breathe’… The present situation we face today in the year 2020 with the death of George Floyd is going to result in change… One who condones evil is just as evil as the one who perpetrates it. That is why it is right not only for Chauvin to be charged but all his accomplices who, together, [killed George Floyd],” Ms Oteng-Gyasi said.

Ghana, last year, opened up the country to receive Africans in the diaspora through a government initiative called the Year of Return. Thousands of African Americans and blacks from other countries visited the country.

This year, the government has launched the “Beyond the Return” initiative to help Africans in the diaspora to settle in Ghana and invest in the economy.

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To this end, Ms Oteng-Gyasi noted that Ghana is ready to welcome every African in the diaspora who is ready to return to the continent away from the racial abuse they have suffered for about 400 years.

“We continue to open our arms and invite all our brothers and sisters home. Ghana is your home. Africa is your home. We have our arms wide open ready to welcome you home. Please take advantage, come home build a life in Ghana, you do not have to stay where you are not wanted forever, you have a choice and Africa is waiting for you,” said Ms Oteng-Gyasi.