1619 marks the year of the first documented arrival of enslaved Africans in what’s today the United States of America. The West African country of Ghana – which was a major hub during the transatlantic slave trade – declared 2019 the year of return and is encouraging the African diaspora to visit the country. According to the country’s tourism board from January to June this year, there was a 20 per cent increase in the number of Americans visiting the country and an 11 per cent increase in visitors from the UK. But some young African Americans have decided to return for good.

Video journalist: Efrem Gebreab.
Producer: Elaine Okyere.


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  1. Good bye women. The Americas for American. Our brothers from Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, etc. Are welcome in US. African, European, Asian etc. You aren't welcome here.

  2. How long after your all repatriated will you realise that white people weren't the problem after all?
    The societal and social issues in America like low rates of education, crime, unemployment and corruption are even worse in Ghana, and the fact that it's a mostly black, homogeneous country won't make these issues disappear.

  3. Black Americans returning to their "homeland".. a country they've never been to before, and culturally have nothing in common with, except skin color.
    By that logic, all White Americans should return to their "homeland" too, back to Europe.. wait a sec .

  4. Most African Americans are descendants of Central Africans ,like the Congo’s Cameroon angola , and few from came from Ghana , Ghana is destination because it’s an English country

  5. I hope that African Americans think of themselves of citizens of Africa who are there to contribute and build as opposed to just extended tourists who are living a life of leisure that the currency difference provides.

  6. Is it only Ghana that is doing this? I think this is wonderful. I wish all or most countries in Africa would welcome back the diaspora that never chose to leave. BUT in the meanwhile, the US needs to tackle police brutality and racism. African-Americans being allowed to return to Africa is no excuse to slack off on racial equality.

    Edit: I’m curious as to how many of these African-Americans successfully stayed in Ghana. I hope all ❤️

  7. Technology, Medical, Agriculture, Engineering, Construction, Education, Retail, Government, Transportation, Customer Service, Hospitality, Administration, Non Profits, Manufacturing, Automotive, Business Management, Arts, Entrepreneur, Food Services, Science, E-commerce.

    Jobs needed to bring into The Gambia/Ghana/Africa Overall

  8. Instead of trying to run from or escape your problems/past, it's best to try to figure out (and understand) why we had those problems in the first place. We're not supposed to leave the U.S. (or wherever else) until The Most High tells us.

  9. Yeah moving to the elite part of town you mean. I live in South Africa and once visited Nigeria. You should really observe how entitled African Americans living there are.
    First they don't mix with the locals maybe the elite locals and expats. For a group of people claiming they wanna be around people who look like them that action doesn't show it at all.
    Second: I can't tell you how many times I've heard the "This can't happen in America" "if this was America", "in America…" like damn you are in Africa and no one forced your ass here so what's all this yapping about.
    Third: when they move back they decide to start maybe a business and the services are always focused on the rich cuz the prizes are overwhelming. Even those from the UK are guilty of it as well. They feel they got the license to extort money since they've lived abroad and had the foreign experience. Funny thing is people patronize them still.
    Fourth: The way they treat the locals lmao.. if a white or Asian person did that it would be called racism. I remember one time in this hangout called "hard rock cafe" Victoria Island, these black American bunch tried to order something and the waiter wasn't picking up on their accent. one of them lost it with him and talked down to him like he was stupid or something. Even as AN Asian it bothered me so much.
    You do that in South Africa so help me God you will wish you didn't open your mouth.
    Nigerians are always treated badly by literally everyone and it sucks that Nigerian Americans, African Americans going there do the exact same.

  10. A lot of people do not realize they are not African but Hebrew and are going to a place thinking they are connecting with their ancestors but really you are mistakenly connecting with those that conspired with the racist to sell you Africans did not sell Africans although we look similar we are not the same I encourage you to wake up and do your research if you are E1B1A you are not of African descent at all

  11. Ghana may not necessarily be where they came from. You see black Americans are sometimes very tall..the tall gene is not from Ghana. They are among the shortest Africans! Research Nigeria, ivory coast and Congo where there are giants that look like they're from Harlem because that might be where they stole you from.

  12. Seat at the table…I feel that’s what privilege means for whites people in N America. Yes that privileged is there for black people in Africa. I grew up with it until I came to diaspora…and I was wondering why I feel lost and then it finally dawned on me – I miss ‘privilege,’ not having to prove what you are about as an individual becomes they get you…they just feel your vibe and therefore your soul is calm and doesn’t become restless (called depression in diaspora).

  13. Every year hundreds of refugees from Ghana are rescued as shipwrecked in the Mediterranean and these amis are on an esoteric journey back to "home", what a strange world.

  14. As an afro-cuban all these testimonies makes me feel so sad. I still remember how my great-grandmother barely spoke Spanish and how proud she was of our African roots.