OPINION: Of course, Ghana and South Africa are on our list of places for African-Americans to visit when returning to the Motherland. But four other countries may also be worth a trip.
Malcolm did it. Stokely, aka Kwame Ture, did it. Even Du Bois did it, at the improbable age of 91.
They all made it to the African homeland.
As have thousands of African-Americans who over the years made two countries their most frequent destinations, Ghana and South Africa.
We want to tell you about the adventures that await you both in Ghana and South Africa, as well as a whole bunch of other African gems that are off the beaten path for diaspora Africans.
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Ghana is the most popular destination for those seeking a homecoming. And the West African nation has been proactive in attracting African-Americans to its shore, in 2000 passing the Return of Abode law, which granted the right of return to people claiming ancestral descent from the continent.
Ghana was the final home of W.E.B. Du Bois. Du Bois moved to Ghana in 1961 at the invitation of the country’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah, who offered him citizenship and a position as a faculty member at the University of Ghana. Du Bois accepted the offer and spent the last years of his life in Ghana, where he continued to write and work on civil rights issues. He died at the age of 95 while in Ghana and was buried in the capital, Accra.
South Africa looms large in our imagination because of its storied history of triumph over apartheid with the leadership of Nelson Mandela. But the country also happens to be so beautiful that it is impossible to exaggerate. It is also highly developed, and Western visitors feel more easily at home because of its developed infrastructure and highly advanced tourism industry.
South Africa has a first-class health care system, an affordable cost of living for Westerners and English is widely spoken, making it a place where it is easy to land and navigate. It does present major challenges because of its distinction as the most unequal place on earth. But it’s a country with a vast potential that people of African descent from around the world call home.
One word: Zanzibar. Or two: Kilimanjaro. Or three: the Masai Mara. So it goes with Tanzania, which is endowed with numerous natural beauties but still remains off the beaten path for many international visitors.
Kenya is a tech pacesetter in Africa as its young population creates innovations from fintech to ridesharing. That is before we even get into its Indian Ocean beaches, vast lands of wild animals and tea plantations.
Senegal is the cool cousin of Africa. The laid back, Francophone country is an epicenter of Christianity and Islam. The capital, Dakar, maintains its reputation as the home of an Afro-French nightlife infused with Latin-inflected African tunes from bands such as Africando.
When Ethiopia gets its act together anytime now, it will be an African powerhouse ready to take off in a way that befits its long and incredible history of independence, unique traditions and the second-largest population on the continent. Ethiopia is hard to crack, but once you do it with the help of local friends, you have a treasure trove of the past, the present and the future representing an intoxicating brew that is uniquely Habesha, as the Ethiopians call themselves.
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