On September 28, 2018, His Excellency Ghana President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo launched the “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” inviting all peoples of African descent to come to visit Ghana. The Year of Return, Ghana 2019 is a historic tourism campaign targeting African Americans and the Diaspora and marking 400 years since the first enslaved African arriving in Jamestown, Virginia.
In addition to the Hon. U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and key members of the Congressional Black Caucus, celebrities including Danny Glover, Samuel Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, Boris Kodjoe, and Steve Harvey have visited Ghana as part of the U.S.A. 400 Years Commemoration of the first landing of Africans in America in August 1619.
Honoring this historic occasion, Her Excellency Rev. Dr. Princess Asie Kabuki Ocansey founded Royal Return Ghana, an enriching homecoming experience devoted to adopting African Americans into Ghanaian families. In honor of the African ancestors who were not allowed to marry during the first 250 years of U.S. slavery, Royal Return Ghana will bring 400 African American couples to the Motherland of Ghana to marry or renew their vows. As the princess of the Ocansey Royal Family of Ada, Ghana, she will also lead a renaming ceremony at the Royal Ocansey healing waters of Ada.
Princess Ocansey will launch the Historic Traditional African Return of the Royals Wedding in Denver, Colorado on September 18, during a five-day visit to the Mile High City (Sept. 17 to 21). Her tour will continue to Chicago, L.A., Atlanta, D.C., and the U.N. While in Denver, the princess will meet with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, visit students at Denver School of Science and Technology, and speak to the community at New Hope Baptist Church. Other events include a breakfast meeting hosted by Damon and Heather Barry with Denver Law Firm Ballard Spahr and a Royal Reception in her honor with entertainment provided by First Lady of Denver Mary Louise Lee, Such, Goatfish and Friend, and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company.
Then, December 10 to 18, the Royal Return will culminate in the biggest Royal African Mass Traditional Wedding in Ghana, in partnership with Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President of Ghana, the Ghana Ministry of Tourism, Ministry for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Diaspora African Forum, and the Ghana Tourism Authority. Organizers are committed to the restoration of all that was lost during slavery, especially love, family, African names, and intergenerational wealth.