Ghana will continue to promote African, Afro-descendants culture – Okraku-Mantey

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Mr Mark Okraku-Mantey, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, says the Government through the Ministry will continue to promote African and Afro-descendant culture and Pan African heritage through bilateral cooperation.

Mr Okraku-Mantey said this at a forum on World Day for African and Afro-descendants Culture, held in Accra.

He said they had instituted initiatives, “The year of Return” and “Beyond the Return” to promote unity and development.

“It was with this spirit the government of Ghana launched ‘The Year of Return’ celebration in 2019, and ‘Beyond the Return,’ which was designed to promote, foster unity and bring development to Ghana,” he said.
The Minister said the Country had put together a seven-point roadmap under the “Beyond the Return” to make it a reality.

These are: “Experience Ghana,” “Promote Pan African heritage and innovation,” “Invest in Ghana.”

The rest are: ”Diaspora pass way to Ghana,” “Give back to Ghana,” “Celebrate Ghana,”and “Brand Ghana.”

Mr Okraku-Mantey, who spoke on behalf of the Minister, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, said Ghana’s commitment to highlighting the contributions of culture of the African continent and diaspora had been significant.

He said the Government had also put before Parliament a ‘Home Return Bill’, which sought to legally integrate Africans in the diaspora into the Ghanaian society.

The bill, when enacted, would recognise the spiritual and moral obligation of Ghana in facilitating the return of African diaspora and would remove any impediments in the acquisition of properties, residents, or citizenship by descendants of Africa.

Dr. Erieka Bennett, Founder and Head of Mission, AU African Diaspora Forum, said there were about 250 million people in the African diaspora all over the world and they had developed diaspora flag, which was the African map.

She urged all to continue with the strategic involvement in the ongoing development of Africa, adding that they were to bridge the gap.

She called on Mr Charles Abani, UN Resident Coordinator in Ghana, to add the diaspora flag to that of member countries.

There are six regions in the African Union – North, West, Central, East and South Africa with the sixth being the African diaspora.

The Diaspora Africa Forum (DAF) seed was sown on July 7, 2007.

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