Meet African-American lecturer Obadele Kambon who moved to Ghana to promote African culture

Meet African-American lecturer Obadele Kambon who moved to Ghana to promote African culture

- Obadele Kambon was born in America but ran away from his country of birth over treament given to black people

- Kambon was wrongfully arrested and prosecuted even though he was freed of the accusation, he made up his mind to leave America for good

- The lecturer found home in Ghana and has been promoting the African culture

- Kambon also has concern on the dwindling mother tongue usage by Africans

In 2008, African-American man, Obadele Kambon, relocated to Ghana from the US over racial abuse and indiscriminate arrest just because he is black even though he was born in America.

The turning point in his decision to leave America came in 2007 when he was arrested and accused by police officers of having a loaded firearm under his car seat and intending to commit a drive-by shooting. Truly, he had a licensed gun but it was unloaded and lying there in his car boot.

Kambon claimed he was later tried in Chicago and was shocked by the charges. There and then, he said he vowed within him: "Never again will I allow myself to be in a jurisdiction where corrupt white police officers and a judge will take me away from my family, wife and kids just on a whim."

Meet African-American Obadele Kambon who moved to Ghana to escape racism in US

Meet African-American Obadele Kambon who moved to Ghana to escape racism in US. Photo: repatriatetoghana.com
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Though he later got a clean bill and was left to go, Kambon who by then was a young academic teaching at schools and universities in the Chicago area saved up about $30,000 (N9,201,300) and relocated to Accra in Ghana in 2008. His wife, Kala, later joined him and together they have three children, Ama, Kwaku and Akosua.

Meet African-American Obadele Kambon who moved to Ghana to escape racism in US

Obadele Kambon and his family. Photo credit: BBC
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Kambon in 2009 set out to do his doctoral degree in linguistics at the University of Ghana. He now lectures at the university’s Institute of African Studies.

Despite living the life of a free man in Ghana, Kambon is not happy with the fact that Africans are losing their mother tongue to foreign languages as most natives cannot hold conversation in their mother tongues. For him, the lecturer speaks conveniently in two West African languages, Yoruba and Akan. He is also proficient in a third, Wolof. He also has some level of competency in East Africa's main language, Swahili, and another language spoken in parts of southern and central Africa, Kikongo.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Obadele Kambon, who is a lecturer in the African Studies department at the University of Ghana, described the Holy Bible of Christians as nothing but "a false book wholly based on plagiarized texts, lies and deceit". Kambon said this while on an online radio programme.

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