‘Beyond the Return,’ the succeeding project to the hugely successful ‘Year of Return 2019’ initiative has been “well-received,” says Akwesi Agyeman, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Tourism Authority.
Launched in June 2020, Beyond the Return,’ according to organisers “will provide a platform for engagements among the people of African descent, wherever they may currently be living.”
It is under the theme ‘A Decade of Renaissance.,’ and will officially end in 2030.
“Beyond The Return has been very well-received especially because it touches on almost all the key issues, the fundamentals and the feedback that we received during the Year of Return,” revealed Agyeman in an interview with Bibi Mbangula, the traffic reporter on the 5 Drive on 5 FM in South Africa.
“Fortunately for us, ‘Beyond the Return‘ is a decade project – a decade of African renaissance and so in as much as the take off in 2020 because of COVID-19 has been slow, the awareness created and the goodwill that Ghana is enjoying because of the.Year of Return’ has put it in good stead. And the foundational pillars of the ‘Beyond the Return’ is something that the African diaspora are keen on embarking on.”
Listen to interview below.
The ‘Year of Return‘ was launched in 2019, and sought to encourage people of African descent living in the diaspora to return to, and invest in the continent.
The initiative also marked 400 years of the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans in Jamestown Virginia in 1619.