- Nana Addo has conferred Ghanaian citizenship to more than 125 foreigners including the widow of Bob Marley
- The president explained to the group that Ghana was the main hub for slave transport, which is why the country has opened its arms to accept everyone
- The diasporans that were conferred had been living in Ghana for years
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The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo conferred Ghanaian citizenship on over 125 diasporans in Ghana. Rita Marley was included.
A news report on Face2FaceAfrica.com reports that Ghana is the only country in the 21st century that has legally offered to resettle people of African descent in Africa.
Reports indicate that the dozens of diasporans who gained citizenship had been living in Ghana for some years.
Speaking to the group on 27th November 2019, the President of Ghana expressed his satisfaction for their choice of stay in Ghana, saying:
“I am glad you have decided to make Ghana your home, and thereby, join several generations of Diasporans, who committed their lives to us”.
The president went further and explained that Ghana decided to open its arms to diasporans because of its slave history.
75% of the slave dungeons that were constructed along the West coast of Africa are sited in Ghana.
This goes without saying that Ghana was a major hub and transit point for the transportation of slaves through the Middle Passage.
In as far back as the year 2000, Ghana decided to open its arms to anyone of African descent who wanted to live in the country.
The 'Right of Abode' was passed which permitted anyone who was from Africa to come down and stay in the country perpetually.
It is reported that by 2014, over 3,000 African-Americans and people of Caribbean descent were estimated to be living in Ghana.
This explains why the president of the Republic took it upon himself to take the bold step of officially making a good chunk of diasporans, Ghanaians.
The acceptance of over 125 has been in a chain of others.
It would be recalled that YEN.com.gh earlier reported how two elegant ladies from Munich named Michaela Tomfeah and Julia Tomfeah became the first Germans to obtain citizenship in Ghana.
Ghanaweb reports as sited by YEN.com.gh that the two ladies are now dual citizens in Ghana and Germany.
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