President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has commended Hollywood actor Boris Kodjoe and international marketing icon Bozoma Saint John for their strong contribution to the success of the 'Year of Return' celebrations which took place in 2019.
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Speaking at this year's State of the Nation Address (SONA) said the two individuals used their star power to attract several people in the diaspora into the country for the 'Year of Return' celebrations.
“I should thank two people, in particular, who have embraced their Ghanaian heritage and have played a key role in our effort to building lasting bridges between Ghana and African-Americans: Hollywood star, Boris Kodjoe and international marketing icon, Bozoma Saint John,” he said.
“We are grateful to both of them for leveraging their star-power to attract thousands to the land of their fathers, and to drive a fresh narrative that says Ghana is a land of opportunity; visit, invest, make it your home,” President Akufo-Addo added.
The President also disclosed that “It is a matter of great pride to me that all Ghanaians embraced the Year of Return, and helped to project such a positive and endearing image of our country. My heartfelt thanks to all Ghanaians and to Members of the House, in particular, for the enthusiastic welcome that was extended to our visitors, and for making the Year of Return such a resounding success.”
He noted that Ghana became the centre of attention in the African Diaspora and “much of the world as we led the way with events of remembrance to commemorate 400 years since the first captured Africans arrived in the Americas in what became the beginning of the ignominious Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.”
After the highly patronize 'Year of Return' celebrations, the government launched the ‘Beyond the Return’ campaign to maximize the dividends from the country’s relationship with the diaspora.
“We are building on the foundations of the Year of Return to a new level, the next stage of our re-engagement with the African Diaspora, with the theme, “Beyond the Return”. The government is seeking to build on the success, and we are putting measures in place to take us ‘Beyond the Return’,” the President said.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that after Emmanuel Sheyi Adebayor asked Ghanaian comedian Funny Face to go to his house and pick any car from his multimillion-dollar fleet of cars, the latter had offered to give his fans a free ride in the luxurious.
In a video sighted by YEN.com.gh, Funny Face was extremely excited in one of his cars as he jammed to one of Shatta Wale songs and asked his fans to drop their location so that he picks them up for a free ride once he picks up his new car.
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