#SONA2020: President Akufo-Addo Opens Up About ‘Year of Return’

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President Nana Akufo-Addo granting Ghanaian citizenship to 126 Africans in the Diaspora
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At the first State of the Nation Address by President Akufo-Addo after the government’s successful implementation of the Year of Return campaign, Tourism took centre stage.

The president took the opportunity to throw some light on how beneficial the campaign has been for the country as a whole and not just the tourism sector.

Below are the highlights of his speech on the impact of the ‘Year of Return’ on tourism.

The president said, “the country became the centre of attention in the African diaspora and, indeed, 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.”
He also said: I should thank two people in particular who have embraced their Ghanaian heritage and have played a key role in our effort to build lasting bridges between Ghana and African-Americans” Hollywood star, Boris Kodjoe and international marketing icon, Bozoma Saint John. We are grateful to both of them for leveraging their star-power 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: 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.

As a follow-up campaign for the Year of Return, the government has launched the “Beyond the Return” campaign in the hopes of solidifying the gains made through the year of return campaign and exploring new opportunities.

Source: Kuulpeeps.com

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