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Ghana's 'Year Of Return' Encourages Black Americans To Return To Their Motherland

The campaign commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arriving in British colonial North America.
Tourists pose for pictures at the Cape Coast Castle on August 18, 2019. Visitors are flocking to Ghana as it marks the "Year of Return" to remember the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship landing in Virginia. (Natalija Gormalova/AFP/Getty Images)

The first enslaved Africans were brought to British colonial North America 400 years ago, setting in motion the transatlantic slave trade.

To commemorate this anniversary, the president of Ghana has been welcoming descendants of those enslaved back to the West African nation to reconnect with their roots and invest in the country.

“We will work together to make sure that never again will we allow a handful of people with superior technology to walk into Africa, seize our peoples and sell them into slavery,” President Nana Akufo-Addo said in 2018 while announcing the initiative.

The is expected to draw about 500,000 visitors from the U.S. and around the world. One of those returning is Ghanaian-German actor Boris Kodjoe, currently known for his role on

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