Jerry Johnson's wall of ancestors in Ghana

The Year of Return and those who cannot return.

Lets recall some great men who have been fighting for our rights

Busy Signal

The Year is 2019, Ghana is commemorating 400years since slave trade took our brothers and sisters off the shores of the African continent. They are calling it The Year Of Return.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo has invited all people of African descent in the Diaspora to come back to Ghana, to reconnect with their ancestry by being physically present where it all began.

The Year of Return, is a huge opportunity for diaspora Africans who have been yearning to return and stay permanently on the continent. Ghana offers dual citizenship to the returnees who wish to stay.

Ghana’s tourism has been boosted. Many are visiting the Ancestral wall: a stretch painted with 90 faces of iconic Africans which Jerry Johnson the founder, who is also a returnee says is an effort to “…recognise those who recognised us”

Ancestral wall in Ghana . Photo credit facebook wall of ancestors page

While Ghana marks the Year of Return there shall be no return for Jamal Khashoggi. Its been 2 years since the Saudi Arabian government critic journalist was murdered in a Saudi Consulate in Instabul. He was hewn to pieces by a chainsaw while his fiancee waited for him outside.

Jamal Khashoggi. Photo credit The New Yorker

There has been no return for Zimbabwe’s Itai Dzamara another government critic journalist who was abducted in 2015 and has not been seen since.

Itai Dzamara led activism against the late Robert Mugabe by holding peaceful vigil in Africa Unity Square. Many people had began to join his cause since disgruntlement was rife through-out the state because of deteriorating economic conditions.

Itai Dzamara holding out a placard in one of his peaceful demonstrations. Photo credit BBC

While we celebrate leadership shown by Ghana in welcoming back our brothers and sisters let us in the same vein call out enemies of freedom of expression lest Jamal Khashoggi’s voice be silenced forever.

When we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe

Frantz Fanon

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