The Genesis of the Year of Return is all about the 2019 PANAFEST or Emancipation Day which will mark exactly 400 years of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. This slave trade took place in the past where our forefathers, friends, and relatives were forcibly taken into slavery throughout their entire existence as a black man.
Why the year of return?
The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a significant event and opportunity to welcome the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark the 400 years of the appearance of the first oppressed Africans in Jamestown, Virginia.
The appearance of oppressed Africans expressed a shameful and dismal period when our friends and relatives were forcibly taken from Africa into long stretches of hardship, embarrassment, and torment. While August 2019 marks a long time since enslaved Africans landed in the United States, “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019” praises the combined strength of the considerable number of casualties of the Trans Atlantic slave Trade who were dispersed and removed through the world in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
The Office of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana leads the directing council, which is composed by The Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture as a team with the PANAFEST Foundation, Cultural Heritage African Tours, and The Adinkra Group. Given Ghana’s longstanding complementary association with African-Americans and the African diaspora under the pennant of Pan-Africanism going back to Ghana’s Independence, this organization is both profoundly fitting and moving.
The benefit of the year of return 2019 to Ghana
- The project is also aimed at positioning Ghana as a key travel destination for African Americans and the African Diaspora.
- The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major event to market campaigns targeting the African – American and Diaspora Market to mark 400 years of the Slave Trade.