My Goal for starting this project was to share my expereince while living in Ghana and to help myself gather my thoughts to write about the experience. I sense Lydell is getting impatient with my long break in adding material to this project. So I am adding the discussion below. I was asked by the Moderator of Sunz of Sankofa to participate as a result of the reactions to a Video called "Going Home Ghana". this is a project under construction, Thank you all for your interest and special thanks to Lydell for giving me a nudge and his much appreciated support
Hoping you will find the discussion of interest and revealing...
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"...living in luxury on their savings - what r they doing for the masses of the people.
if u dont make an effort to relate, its gonna be harder
ghanaians are very welcoming ppl
we KNOW eachother
look how the way she is speaking to the people, damn rude!
u have to humble urself, patronising woman. has she made an effort to learn the language? if not has she made an effort to humble herself, and learn?
the education shitsem in ghana isnt generally good. the slavery is not taught in schools well, where has this come from - colonialism!
hygiene - its called underdevelopment. ive experienced better hygience in ghana at times than in london! the fact is when u go to Ghana u may have an upset stomach, I had one ma 1st time as natural.
open sewers--- poverty? simple. government corruption, aint the peoples fault. they can educate themselves. the government and community operate regular community clean upd!
"the edge"..erm i know another word for it - neo colonialism or black skin, white masks!
we have to relate to ppl, we have to recognise our attitudes, and some african americans have a terrible superiority complex.
the woman is aggressive, white aggressive!
If u saw the que outside the US and Uk embassies ma brother!!! and when the visa fails, guess where to money goes?
what the brother is saying about african american/europe opulence when we come to ghana is true. we need to check ourselves. thats personally why i decide to eat local, bun tourist areas. Kenkey and fish ie. dokonor ne ekyham - everyday!
i like the way the sisters have lived, local african schools, living no different. yes she has to support the schools as well. and her children WILL BE accepted. they can relate to that.
the fact is ghanaians have been educated to hate themselves, to hate africans in the diaspora. divide and rule......srrry im writing this as i watch the vid- so thoughts r coming out.
we as africans have different experiences, but TOO many experiences unite us as a people.
very interesting video.
ive been to that jazz bar. i hate met that dj from london, his brother is a more famous dj, this is the brother i told u i met in du bois centre, accra.
volta region is offering land, beautiful region.
HUMBLENESS is the key, if we have that - then there is NOOO problem. we need to accept that we are not superior is ANY way.
and the sister's response - her facts r incorrect. not all our ancestors came through ghana. most slave castles were destroyed, ghana is not noted for the way they have restored and white washed their castles.
To me, our primary aim has to be to elleviate the social, economic and psychological, material conditions of Africans on the continent if we go to the continent.
If it aint, we cant get no respect from people. we may be treating this as another holiday/tourism.
we have certain economic advantages that we need to use.
how are we gonna feel living in our hotels/guest houses/ 10 bedroom houses in cape coast running hot water, when most ppl if they get water get cold water, or bucket showers?
we will be no different from the neo-colonial ppl ive met in ghana wid their 10 mercedes, d biggest widescreen tv me sen in my life. oppression, downpression....lets break d chain."
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Posted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:01 pm Post subject:
I am new to the forum. Just a little about myself. I repatriated to Ghana in March 2004. I have learned much about myself and others from this expereince. would like to share a few of the things I have learned.
We as a people are very REACTIONARY.. I read this article with sadness in my heart. We seem to be conditioned by HEADLINE NEWS to view things with INDSIDE THE BOX and a SNAP TO JUDGMENT view point. Things are not always really what they appear to be on the tube..case in point
I say this not to be rude but to point out the author of this article seems to have not noticed who made this video.
She/He also did not seem to take into account that "Whites" do not want us in Ghana. They are crawling all over the place and buying up everything. it is in their best interest to show us in a bad light using the magic of creative editing.
I assume from reading the article the author has visited Ghana.
I would like to tell you there is a big difference between visiting and living in Ghana. You go through all kinds of growth cycles in dealing with the conditions and the peoples mind sets. Life is a process not one event and one women in a market on one day on a 20 minute video. The Ghanaian people are not angels either, yes they are friendly for many reasons some good some not so good.
We should live in Huts and get yellow fever, typhoid or Malaria?
If we do not live off our savings how should we maintain ourselves? When you pay money every two months to the Gov. to extend your visa or apply for residency (green card)
you must show visible means of sustaining yourself in that country so as not to be a burden on them.
The lady in white and her husband are over 65 yrs. Nana just passed away, ran over by a bus and the bus kept going!
They have lived in Ghana for 20 yrs + and they have built a wonderful place called "One Afrika", he sacrficed his family and never returned to the U.S.
I'ts interesting how their beautiful establishment was not shown in the video he only showed them sitting at a table and you see the ocean behind them. Why would he want to show how progressive the couple has been in Ghana? Since I lived at "One Africa" for 8 wks when I first arrived in the area, I noticed what was NOT shown...Their home, their resturant, their 7 chalets, their office with a tribute to MUGABE on the building, the new building for their workers, things that make you go hummm?
Their family took on the responsibility of starting an NGO to adopt the village next door to their home and business for school supplies, uniforms, paid for many of the childrens hospital care and doctors visits to cure ring worm etc.
One girl who they supported all the way through school and college is now an Architect.. They also employe many people in their Resturant/Guest House. One Africa employes gardeners to maintain the grounds, a person to do their guests laundry a security guard, masons for buidling projects, a carpenter, a Mgr. for their Reception Office who has been employed there for over 4 yrs and just came back from PAID pregnancy leave and brings her little girl to work everyday... I do not think you will find too many women in Cape Coast who even have a job, much less getting paid pregnancy leave, and she isn't even married.
They have even built housing for their workers on the property.
They also adopted a young girl who was abandoned by her Nigerian father when she was about 5 yrs old, she is now 15.
yep, he came to "One Afrika," with her and left without her..that simple.
You see, we are doing this for FUTURE GENERATIONS.. so
do not be so quick to criitize others whom you know nothing about on the basis of a 20 minute video, made by a white man.
I also have hired many workers at Pan Afrika House Retreat, and most of them stole from me...and no I did not under pay them I over paid them.. I also do not have hot water in my home, by choice, I see nothing wrong however if one chooses otherwise.
The help needed in Ghana is to "RAISE CONSCIOUSNESS",
not to go there and live like paupers, That would be the blind leading the blind in my view. And yes the downtown area in Cape Coast where I live is filthy, and causes many people to suffer from disease. Food all on the ground, goats and sheep running around everywhere. That's quaint when your visiting for a few weeks, it's another story after yrs on the ground day to day living. Sanitation is one of the biggest problems there.
And the stinch will take your breath away!
About the lady that was seen by you as very rude, her and her husband are relative new comers to the area, they have not been living in Ghana very long, and are just starting to experience what is known as "CULTURE SHOCK" visitors and tourists mostly don't get it....to any deep degree,
On a daily basis when you live in Ghana, you are subjected to unfair treatment regarding pricing. They seem to feel like they can charge you three times the price of food. Would you smile day after day when subjected to that? Yes, I am aware they unfortunately see us as rich foreigners. OBRUNI
She is a professor who is dedicated herself to working at the University Of Cape Coast. She is retirement age, so she does not have to work at all.. She decided she wanted to contribute to the uplift of the people there. They sold out everything in U.S. and dedicated themselves to 5yrs in Ghana.
The house you referred to belongs to the dearly departed CHIEF of the VILLAGE THEY LIVE IN. It's not ten bedrooms, it's five, built by Ghanaians. They rented it for five years and so what if it was a ten bedroom? Large homes are very common in Afrika because many people have large families.
How "rude" to judge others and dictate to them how they should live and what they should and should not do when you do not have all the facts......... try walking a mile in someone else's shoes first..
Regarding what you choose to eat, my "Ghanaian doctor" advised me NOT to eat off the street PERIOD, because of commonly known sanitation problems... for instance, a women will change her babies diaper, not be able to wash her hands, yet she is on the street selling and preparing food daily for her living ... Your Choice?
When you live in Ghana, you have put your life on the line in many ways for the UNIFICATION OF THE AFRIKAN RACE...
I do not have the heart to go deeper at this time..but I could go on.
I would like to share another SUPER CRITICAL reactionary response to the video.. COMING HOME -GHANA, the links to the videos are below..
Why are we so quick to player hate on our own ?
WONDER WHY ?
WATCH: Century Of The Self Series - links below
BLACK SKIN WHITE MASK....INDEED
reflect on that please
All praises to Franz Fanon for the MIRROR..
( caps are not intented for shouting..just emphasis )
A RECENT GLIMMER OF HOPE FROM GHANA - MAKES YOU WANNA HOLLA!!
Thanks again for your response to my comments and for reaching out to share with each other..
I do not know where to begin, so I would like to start by saying, please remember that those who carved up Afrika at the Berlin and Brussels conference of 1884/1885, are now in the process of re-colonizing the Continent. They do not want those of us who are happy to embrace our Ancestry as descendants of Afrika (Black) people to go and
contribute to the RESISTANCE..
We are from different worlds, there is a history of Black people being used to do harm to Afrika. It was a Black man from America who was used to overthrow .... Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. Please Please, do not be the next Dr. Conde-zleezza Rice. (pun intended)..with love in my heart for my people.
You said you were privileged, I am happy for you, I hope you realize that "To who much is given much is required." We need talented, highly intelligent persons like yourself to be for us, not to be used to
denigrate us..and our efforts to make a re-connection to the land of our Ancestors where we were brutally removed and used as animals for 500yrs. Remember your word and your opinion is powerful and can be used for mischief as well as for justice...
AFRICA: MANKINDS MORAL TEST by: Summer Justice Shields
Wanted to share this documenatary produced by a talented young brother named Summer Justice Shields, Title:
"Africa: Mankinds Moral Test", would love to know your thoughts,
Most people who are wealthy are not Repartiating to undeveloped countries, they are living in luxury, not exposing themselves to deadly diseases like malaria yellow fever and typhoid fever. Those of us who live on the continent are on the front lines of this war being waged against Afrika and Afrikan's world wide.. some of us die over there from those diseases.
Make no mistake about it, we are well into the program of GENOCIDE perpetuated on Afrikan people where ever they are on this planet. Nobody is going to come and rescue us, we must go home to do what we can in a constructive way to re-connect with our people, it is a process, it takes time, we will make mistakes, we will learn from them, those of us who decide to engage ourselves and take the risk.
That is why I wanted to share with you some information you will not be exposed to in your University curriculum.
Well, I do not mean to preach to you, however I know you will one day be a very Influential person in this world, my intention and purpose in this missive is to touch your heart and lift the veil from your eyes for future genertations..
It is time for us all to wake up and see that we are
under attack, whether you personally are feeling the
pain of the attacks on Afrikan (Black) people all over this planet, it is real and many thousamds die each day from lack of food and medical care and many other things even right here in amerikkkka.
This message is from my heart, I hope it will be recieved in love and goodwill, that is how it is being written to you...Hope to stay in touch.
DR. GABRIEL OYIBO -
GOD ALMIGHTY GRAND UNIFIED THEOREM:
WHY OUR ROOTS ARE SO IMPORTANT? Dr. Oyibo expl...
Dr. Oyibo explains why he makes frequent references to Elders and Ancestors thoughout his discussion of GAGUT.
Entire Lecture is entitled Deep Mathematics and the Metaphysics of Everything (House of Consciousness). This lecture is highly recommended for any who wants to get an intro to GAGUT: God's Almighty Grand Unified Theorem (truth). Introduces you to the African Origins of Science.
From reading comments on this forum it is evident that a nerve has been struck with regards to the “Coming Home-Ghana” documentary. I would like to point out that the documentary has brought to the attention the underlining fact that there is a growing resentment felt by Ghanaians in Ghana towards Afrikans in the Diaspora who make the journey ‘home.’ I would like to point out that I am not a Caucasian lover, however the guy has brought to ahead an interesting documentary. But not without its faults which I shall address.
Indeed Sista Ngone “Whites” do mot want us in our land and through creative editing the documentarist has perpetuated this by producing a 19 mins 54 second documentary which is supposed to resemble the state of mind of most Ghanaians. Me personally I do not abide by this and so I watch the documentary with an open but tentative mind.
I am a British born proud Ghanaian. Both my parents are Ghanaian and were born in Ghana. I have visited Ghana twice and my mother frequents yearly to Ghana. In fact she and my father have recently returned to the UK from Ghana. Although I have been to Ghana on visits I keep myself fully informed as to the going on in the country as I have property I am developing. I respect you sister Ngone that living in the country provides you with more insight as to the daily going on than a mere visitation here and there. Thus it is vital that you provide us unfortunate souls with feedback and solutions as to what we can do here in the west to support the development of our precious land.
I do feel you have mistaken Akosua’s personal interpretation of the documentary. You appear to have taken it as a personal attack on yourself and others like yourself. From what I deduced from her comment she is merely exemplifying a frustration towards those Diaspora AfriKans who merely go home, build a home or two, or maybe three and then that’s it job done…. Oh and the purchase of the odd hotel/motel/bed and breakfast and employ the locals to the labour jobs. It is true the Caucasian documentarist did not show the whole establishment of the brother and sister he was filming but merely a shot of the sea, coupled a walk through the market highlighting the sewage problem. Sneaky but predictable editing of these people. I was undeterred by this blatant attempt at furthering the divide and conquer amongst as Nubians. I have become too knowledgeable to fall for these small time stunts. Nonetheless what did not deter me was attitude of the so-called ‘Obruni’ woman.
I agree with you it is a culture shock for those who have not been to AfriKa before and have not eaten Afrikan food before. However there is no excuse for this woman’s behaviour towards the locals. Of course they will attempt to rip her off; she is visibly well dressed as compared to the locals. She can afford to spend money in a day that some of them earn in a week or a month and the tone of her voice is aggressive all they were displaying was jealously which is natural. But I must highlight that even Ghanaians living in the west who go back home also experience the under handed tactics of their follow brethrens so believe me it is not only administered to Afrikan-Americans but to all.
This may sound like a self inflicted hate amongst a Nubian to Nubians but it has to be said. A lot of Africans from the west or where born in Africa then lived in the west who return home, return with their western mindset and a belief that they are superior to their brethrens on the continent. It is this hating on our own which must stop and not the vilifying of a sister over a 19 mins 54 sec documentary made by a Caucasian which shed some light on the feelings of a small percentage of the population. Remember the population of Ghana is 23million I doubt this guy spoke to 23 Ghanaians. Interestingly enough he did not speak to a wide section of the population. I guess he couldn’t when he had a cut off time of 20 mins….lol
Peace, blessings and seasonal greetings to you all!
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Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:44 pm Post subject:
The issue I was essentially covering was that of identification and relation with the masses of people in Ghana. I have neglected vital aspects such as the white man who made the video, in an attempt to focus on this. Perhaps it can appear reactionary. Wasn’t initially writing for the forum…but here it is. I did notice who made the video yet the video does highlight some realities expressed by “continental” Afrikans living on the continent in terms of the way sometimes we as “diasporic” afrikans relate to those around us when we are in Ghana/Afrika. I am critical of some of our brothers and sisters that have chosen to repatriate…here are my reasons. I outline ma reasons to clarify my position, to reply to Sista Ngone and to contribute to the forum on Repatriation.
The beautiful thing about this forum is that its a place to exchange information and practically work towards goals.
The white man/imperialistic powers/IMF/World Bank, UN etc… would be happy to have us in Afrika if we lived in certain ways and continued/ failed to act on the supremacy that was inherent in colonialism. For example look at the distinction we can make between the Caribbean Christian missionaries who were sent by Britain to preach the word OR Marcus Mosiah Garvey…which the imperialists power didn’t let him step foot in his beloved home OR the some African activists who I work with that fled under Rawlings’ Government…and had to wait many years…even now still cant get back. So when we are talking about ‘us’ we have to be clearer.
Im 23, parents were born in Grenada, (home of Maurice Bishop), went to school there for part of ma primary education, and have visited Ghana in 2006 for 3 months and in 2007 for a month. There IS a big difference between visiting Ghana and living in Ghana. Ghanaian people are definitely not angels…history speaks for itself and to portray them as such would be essentialist and idealistic.
Living in huts and getting yellow fever…isn’t anything to aspire too. It’s a reality of the world economic system and impoverishment.
Regarding Culture Shock: I have experienced on a daily basis unfair treatment regarding pricing, but this hasn’t led to me to be aggressive, I simply ask them to lower it, and let them know that I know that this price isn’t fair. Learning Twi helps with this as well as realizing WHY they do it. There is no price tag, so bargaining helps and we need to remember that even if I was born in Ghana lived their for 30 years, then went to London/US for 2 years, and came back, the same issue with pricing would happen.
I wasn’t referring to them when I mentioned ‘Ten bedrooms’ Yes large homes are common in Afrika, but I was polarizing this with the masses of the experiences on Ghana. And individually what are we to aspire to?
Its not my intention to dictate to anyone how they should live, simply sharing how I would live. That’s is true what you say about sanitation, my experience has been a little bit different in that although I was told not to eat street food – but even this needs to be defined and there are many exceptions - I did, nothing happened, then eventually I suffered for a day/2, but then after a few weeks my body got accustomed to this. But that’s me, maybe its not advisable to everyday, hence again this is simply my experience.
Yes, ofcourse we should live of our savings or any other means that doesn’t “live off the people” to sustain ourselves. Even if u go to Ghana for 2 weeks, you still have to show that u can sustain yourself.
I was “reacting” to the video, and didn’t know any background to the elder and her husband, though I have heard about ‘One Afrika’ and have heard about how the owners/s left their family to do what they are doing. But we need to be clear and critical of what they are doing - this is progressive.
On the Mugabe tribute: There are pan-african groups in Ghana, usually cut of from the masses of the people, with no relation with the masses, that claim that Mugabe is the present day Nkrumah, comparing him to when people called Nkrumah a dictator. Mugabe did good in throwing white farmers off our land, but what is he doing now? To me any genuine pan-african struggle must be based on the principles of justice, equality, democracy (not necessarily its western interpretation) and human rights. When women, esp Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) are put in prison whilst pregnant for opposing the government and Mugabe – we need to be on the side of these people and question the tenants of that government.
The fact is that the Mugabe and his supporters have mobilised African support, by saying that its critics are supporters/agents of foreign interests/imperialism. This is oversimplified African nationalism, ie. Anti-Colonialism versus imperialism. This article breaks it down:
“President Mugabe is a former teacher and one of Africa's most educated and experienced leaders. After over 2 decades in power, he does not really need anyone to tell him that it is not only possible to be in office without being in power; it is also possible to be in power without moral authority. Once any leader anywhere gets to that point it is irrelevant what you claim to stand for. What will become relevant is that you did not stand down when you should have done so - of your own free will - and in the best interests of your people.”
“It makes no difference if the foot in the boot kicking you and your rights into a dungeon is Black or White. A kick is a kick.”
So having a statue of Mugabe CAN be seen as representative of one’s political philosophy – if it is – then this is a dangerous thing.
Liberia has witnessed two civil wars. While it was the Americans who established Liberia as a place to send freed African –American slaves, and they lent considerably US support – and still do - unlike present day “diasporic Afrikans” (to want of a betta word!) in Ghana, yet lessons can be learnt here from history.
African-Americans immigrated to Liberia in the early/mid 1800’s, they didn’t intergrate into African society. They referred to themselves as ‘Americans’ (which does not apply with most diasporik Afrikans today in the continent) but were recognised as Americans (ie Obruni) by local Afrikans.
The morals/ideals they learnt in the West influenced their attitude of these African-American towards their fellow “local” Afrikans, there was eventual mutual mistrust and hostility between Afrikan-Americans in the coast and the local people in the interior and there were many successful attempts by the African-American-Liberians minority to dominate as they often saw ‘inferior’ people. They, constructed a society marred by many of the same oppressive characteristics common to modern colonial regimes
But for many individuals, dreams of a Pan-African utopia in Liberia were tempered by complicated relationships with the Africans, whom they dispossessed of land. Liberia soon became a politically unstable mix of newcomers, indigenous peoples and Africans recaptured from westbound slave ships. Afrikan-American repatriates were a minority that attempted to rule the local majority. Some felt the voyage back to their ancestral land would restore self-pride and self-worth in carving a better life compared to the slave life in America. And some felt that the voyage would produce an economic bonaza to the extent that they could re-enact and relive the princely lives of the former slave masters in America. Thus these interests often conflicted. Thus a group of returned exiles - refugees from the house of bondage - settled along a few hundred miles of the coast of their Fatherland, attempting to rule millions of people, their own kin, on a foreign system in which they themselves have been imperfectly trained, while knowing very little of the facts of the history of the people they assume to rule, either social, economic or religious, and taking for granted that the religious and social theories they have brought from across the sea must be adapted to all the need of their unexpatriated brethren.
The “middle class” Ghanaian is a view chaired by ALL the Ghanaians I know in the West. No1 wants someone to come into their home and assume they have superior knowledge.
Lets us not make this another Liberia. Lets make a TRUE change for future generations.
In conclusion, we can set up schools and NGO’s. the latter as being non-government tends to mean non-political, its effects seen elsewhere on the continent, such as “ignoring” Western imperialism (practically/actively not being engaged in its demise) in order to effect change. Western imperialism rather is the root. Also we must remember that Dutch, Danes, British came to the “Gold Coast”, they also set up schools, helped a few local families, in order to maintain their supremacy ( a different aim that repatriates), but what im suggesting is that we need to do a lot more, we need to take it a little further, rather than ‘raising consciousness’. And this is the real hard part.
Repatriation needs to be carried out in the context of respecting local people, ovastanding their political and economic realties, ovastanding that what we have brought back ‘across the sea’ is not necessarily superior. I will continue to be critical, self-critical, to examine what things I am doing to fight against white AND black faces imperialism.
When we do this, then the white man, otherwise known as IMF, World Bank, WTO, etc…really wouldn’t want us in Afrika.
Walter Rodney, an pan-afrikanist scholar-activist who died in action, killed in Guyana by black imperialists, (without white masks), I quote:
“I could have become a Tanzanian citizen, and indeed I thought about it seriously…what does it mean really mean?...its more than a legal definition that makes one effective. It is more cultural if you like. One must know that society, that environment, One must have a series of responses and reflexes that come from having lived a given experience. One must be able to share a joke because of a nuance in language of pronunciation. One must be able to go to the marketplace, in the case of Tanzania, and bargain in the Swahili manner without being perceived as an outsider.
Now when one thinks of all these factors, its virtually a lifetime takes to master that language then to maser the higher level of perception which normally goes into a culture. And I didn’t believe that I could afford that. I believe that there was another culture from which I derived into which I could project myself with greater ease. Hence I returned to the Caribbean”
-Walter Rodney Speaks: Making of an African Intellectual (1990)
Im not suggesting that our aim shouldn’t be to master the language and culture, this is clearly not easy but most blessed and fulfilled. But Walter Rodney realised that he was fixed into a non-Tanzanian role, which restricted him to his lecturing in the University/ he decided to return to Caribbean. This was the brothers choice, but I highlight it as it bears a lot of realism. He understood that ‘a revolution has to be made by people who are going to be grounded in that situation, who are going to stay there, who are going to make it part of their lives’.
So lets make a change if this is the option that we are aspiring too.
In my opinion, if we come with the same attitude as in Liberia, we should ovastand that perhaps we are not able to ‘ground’ ourselves in that particular situation. Doesn’t make us less Afrikan, the Afrika that we deal with today is a neo-colonial Africa, with its effects shown.
Rodney talks of mobilising the masses, engaging in politics of participation and creating a new state apparatus over and above what exists as alternatives to those of the capitalists and colonialists. This aint easy, but anything less aint ma ideal.
Afrika is our centre, but this can be achieved in Grenada, London, America all ova the world too. It is my guiding philosophy that if we are coming with ANYTHING less than that we are going for personal psychological reasons, running to risk of having the same attitudes as the American-Liberians and thus feeding imperialism . Making the white man very happy.
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Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:11 am Post subject:
First and foremost I thank you for your thoughtful reply.
I respect the fact that you are Ghanaian , and appreciate your insights about the dynamic of the response to the video and for sharing your knowledge about the people of Ghana based on your close relation to them, even though born outside.
I responded in that manner because the insults where directed at my neighbors, people who I know, yet whom I do not agree with everything they do, and visa versa I'm sure.
I was not happy about the video done by the BBC, They tried for over a year approaching many of the Diasporan's and fiinally found one who would bite. After hearing the reason the The BBC was doing the documentary, I was unhappy, and knew it would not be presented in a positve light .
However the author of the video response commentary,
if you will note how she /he so eagerly started off to say things that required little in depth thought and consideration of the fact that she/he did not know the facts of these people, or what kind of people they are in fact and did not take into consideration the game the enemy always plays with us, divide and conquer and we fall for it everytime. if so, did not bother to comment on it.
In response to you on the issue of going and only buidling a house or hotel/guesthouse, people have to have a place to live and they have to have money to eat. I do not think any one Diasporan can go to Ghana and solve all the problems by themsleves. People go and build homes and start business and create small jobs, that's something. You must consider we are not yet organized in that way, it's a process, it takes time.
The Government makes it very difficult for the working class people who mostly are the ones who Repatriate to do bigger things in Ghana. They seem to cater to "whites" who have more money. The Gov. requires that you transfer $10,000 U.S. in a Ghanaian bank in order to register a business in Ghana. Also we are made to pay big fees and jump through hoops's (dash) just to be in the country. In addition, in my view, it is the responsibility of The Governement and the people of Ghana, for the changes needed in Ghana not the Diaspora, We do what we can. If they truly valued us being there, it would not be so difficult for us to get our visa's extended. I respect everyones free will to think , write and speak as they please, however, regardless of all the political babble that may be forthcoming, in the interest of solidarity and unity against the known enemy of Afrikan People with creative license...I rest my case.
But, My message still is,
"we must think deeply before reacting." to appearances.
Well, I appreciate your openness and Hope to continue to exchange views with you, I am open to learn and grow in understanding. just because I have lived in Ghana for 3 yrs, does not make me an expert on Ghana, On Ghanaian and Diasporan relations, on what Ghanaians may be thinking or feeling, or on what others should and should not do.
I am aware, however, When someone watches a 20 minute video they are not either, and that was my point.
In my humble opinion, we need to learn to come together with open minds and hearts and not always be so quick to SHOUT ON OUR OWN PEOPLE without all the facts. again, that was my only point. We are certainly not perfect, and yes there are people from the Diaspora that come to Ghana and do the wrong things, make mistakes, respond incorrectly, etc. That's called being Human. and that is universal human condition found anywhere on the planet and it works both ways. let us not pretend that those from the Continent who come to america and U.K, are perfect in their relations with us..
We should certainly know by now, that it is "WE" who have always opened the door wide for our enemies, because we do not honor Ourselves first and foremost.
Perhaps, We shall soon return to our "Divine"
State Of BEING... there upon, finding Love and Respect
in our hearts for one another.
First and foremost, may 2008, which = 10 the number of increase bring you and yours much joy, peace, prosperity.
I thank you for such an open sharing with me about your experiences. It's interesting that I discovered this message just minutes after reading a chapter in
"The Matrix And Philosophy", which made me think about our discourse regarding the "Coming Home - Ghana" video. I think perhaps synchronicity may be at work. Before I write about the few paragraphs in the book, I want to respond to what you have shared with me about your decisions about where it is you will place your energy and drive in your life journey after having your own personal revelations about living and working in Ghana.
After three years of living in Cape Coast, and being in America, this time the longest since I repatriated, 6 mos now, I find it difficult imagining myself being back in Ghana, at first that distressed me, and confused me, because I am also feeling at the same time like a fish out of water being in america.
After spending sometime in contemplation about what was really going on with me, I realized that , I've run out of gas for living and working in Ghana, for many of the same reasons you shared with me about your own decision. I had such high expectations and wanted to do something worth while there, as I am sure you did to. I found it disheartening to come face to face with the reality of the poverty consciousness of the people I worked closely with at Pan Afrika House Retreat. it became clear to me, that it would be extremely difficult to have a viable business operation, while always looking over your left shoulder, if you know what I mean. After a while , it was shocking and then humbling, because I realized, if I was to continue living in Ghana, I would have to have compassion for them and me, LOL
Because of your extensive knowledge of the dynamic of
life from day to day in Ghana, I will exclude the details. I know you can already relate.
I consider the experiences I had while living in Cape Coast, blessings, and two edge swords, in that they made me stretch and grow personally but also took the wind out of my sails a lot of the time.
I have dedicated myself to learning and
hopefully sharing in a positive way with those I come in contact with. I feel in my heart that I was able to have a positive impact on many that I worked with even when the experiences were what I consider to be negative circumstances. I think all concerned have taken away from those encounters something positive, if we choose to value it that way.
well, I will try my best to put into my own words what made me think of you from the book,
It was making the point in the chapter on the importance of story telling and narrative, how we react to fiction verses "real life" and pointed out that we are accustomed to viewing movies of a fictional nature and experience emotions, not by believing what we see as real,(critical faculty) but, by participating
in active creative faculty.
The book made the distinction of how we fill in the blanks with our critical faculties in real life situations.
"When we enter into a fictional world or let the fictional world enter into our imaginations, we do not willingly suspend our disbelief" (real vs fiction) we cannot willingly decide to believe or disbelieve anything anymore than we can willingly believe it is snowing outside if all visual or sensory cues tell us otherwise.i.e. the women appeared to be a mean "B", she is not...however.
When engaging in fiction we do not suspend a critical faculty, but rather exercises a creative faculty. We do not actively suspend disbelief--we actively create belief.
Beginning to wonder if this was a good idea to try to share this, I mean, it's page 184 chapter 15, so I hope in sharing it is not out of context for our discourse, you not having the privilege that I'm aware of, of reading the material. So, I will try to convey why it made me think of our discourse.
You viewed a video of people you did not know, almost like we do in a movie theater, because you had vast personal experience and knowledge of the terrain, you filled in many blanks, that may or may not apply.
Because these people where people that I did know personally, (real people) it was like, "
book again, LOL
"We make judgments about people and situations without having full information all the time, we must do this
just to be practical, since the time it would take to
gather all the information we assume would be prohibitive to living our lives. We fill in the gaps
of knowledge with guesses and prejudices of our own.
Thus reality may not be as "real" as we tend to think of it, since we do a fair amount of the construction on our own. We do the same with fiction, assume those we read about (or in this case see a video about)
have had relevantly similar human lives, that they function as flesh and blood humans unless otherwise noted, and we assume that they live in a world that works physically in the same way as does ours. In both cases, in reality and with fiction, we a given a skeleton structure of what is happening and we use our imaginations to fill in the details."
Now, Hope I have not stretched this out too far. And in sharing, I'm not trying to keep beating the horse to death,
it just made me realize , that had I not known these people closely, and watched the video as you did almost as a fiction, not knowing them, and not had the experience of living in Ghana, I might have had the same response?
So, now with that said. I wish to stay in touch with you and I definitely want to read your book. I congratulate you on that accomplishment. I have aspirations of writing my story of Repatriation also.
Please keep me informed on how to purchase it.
I shared with someone now living in Ghana for about 7 yr + about my grappling with the question to stay or not to stay in Ghana, and he told me it is an up hill battle all the way, and that I could contribute on either side by telling my story and he said, both sides, not just the pretty side needs to be told for those who are contemplating Repatriation.
Well, this e-mail is certainly getting too long. I invite you to contact me at any time. Sounds like your a very busy lady, but I would be pleased to be able to connect with you. if you would like me to call or visa versa. my number is 317-879-9555, looks like I will be here for a couple more months.
Thank you for sharing with me.
--- Akosua wrote:
> Sis Ngone,
> I respect what you've stated......but...I don't
> think it's worth it. Someone told me long time ago
> that the only thing I will learn in Africa is: who
> I am....as an African-American.
> It's been five years now, and I've had to call the
> person to tell them they were correct in stating so.
> This person was my older cousin, who had lived in
> AFrica, worked in Africa, speaks several of the
> languages fluently. He has lived not only in Ghana
> but Nigeria and Togo. Speaks several Nigerian
> languages fluently. He's lost money in Africa and
> made alot of it ...doing construction as he does
> here in Atlanta.
> One day at a family gathering about 14 years ago,
> he made a statement: "Thank God for the slave ship
> and thank God that the white man came to AFrica and
> took us away"
> I remember that day as if it was yesterday, I was
> an African Studies major in College and I was very
> offended by his statement. As a matter of fact, we
> almost physically fought
> that day over that statement. It caused a huge
> family debate over Slavery.
> Well, it's 2008, I've just returned from
> Ghana....(won't really share my story, but I've
> definitely been an active participant in Ghana) and
> I called my cousin to tell him, "I now understand
> why he made that statement" cause truth be told. I
> feel the same way. Cant explain it. Just do.
> I've studied history, majored in Afrikan Studies,
> I've taught it-middle school, high school,
> University level, fought in a real war shooting real
> weapons, Published articles about AFrican
> experiences, managed major African media outlets,
> raised my children in Afrikan centered schools,
> established independent schools at home and abroad,
> purchased land, ...name it and I've done it.
> (inclusive of loving African and marrying African)
> But nothing excuses the treatment that Afrikans
> promote to African-Americans...no excuses.
> I will encourage AFrican Americans to visit the
> continent. I will even promote that we make
> significant contributions to the development of the
> continent. But live under those
> conditions....naw....I won't be promoting that.
> Our family traditions, family reunions, and
> celebrations as African-Americans are not to be
> compromised to save a continent that doesn't want to
> be save or doesn't feel the need to be saved.
> Personally, I wont' miss another Mississippi
> family reunion, wedding, baby shower, family
> graduation, silly barbeque, community talent show,
> Al Sharpton protest.....naw..
> I won't be missing them to be in Ghana trying to
> convince a Ghanaian that I'm important and that I
> have a right to be in Africa.
> I wont be spending my time trying to convince
> Ghanaians that we African-Americans, well..we too
> have a history.
> I wont be spending my hard earned money where it's
> not appreciated. I will support my own family
> legacy (T.J. Huddleston of Mississippi) and continue
> to build institutions as he started in the early
> I will spend my energy developing our family land
> in Mississippi and supporting schools like Piney
> Woods-Mississippi and St. Frances Academy in
> Baltimore started by the Haitian sista's. I will be
> spending my time in the villages located in Ita Bena
> and Humphries county in Mississippi where their
> villages are less developed than those in the Asante
> I will continue my work in Bankhead, Hollywood
> Courts, Herndon Homes and Mechanicsville and working
> with the youth in the ATL.
> I will take vacations, and live in my vacation
> home in Ghana...and continue to run my NGO-school.
> I've completed the documentary on the NGO project to
> encourage other Africans of the Diaspora (including
> my Jamaican friends, my Bajan friends, my Guyanese
> friends, that they too can find ways to support
> development and progress in Africa.)
> I will even work another job to send money to
> Empress Amara and Mama Kali and other repatriates
> in Ghana to help with their works as well.
> By June, I will have released my booked,
> "Honeymoon Over- that chronicles my repatriation
> reality in Ghana".
> Just wanted to share...a different perspective.
> Akosua in Atlanta- Founder of "From Atlanta
> to Accra" monthly forums-Atlanta
> Co-Founder of The
> Girls Institute of Science & Technology-Agogo
> Co-Founder of the
> AFrican American Homeschoolers Network
> General Manager of
> Vibe FM 91.9 Accra, Ghana
> Co-Founder of
> Medaase Promotions & Tours
> Give Thanks for the Sound Blast!!!
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explaining the BIG RIFT and lack of unity betwe... (more)
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explaining the BIG RIFT and lack of unity between continental Africans and Black Afrikans in the West and the west indies.
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I REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THAT ELDER ADUNNI TRANSITIONED ON TO THE ANCESTORS TUES JAN. 8, 2008 AFTER 50 YRS OF DEDICATION TO TO LIBERATION OF (ACSR) AFRIKAN CAPTIVE SURVIVOR REFUGEES......REST IN PEACE MOTHER ADUNNI!
She was working on raising money for the NKWANTA Project and had planned to return to Ghana in March 2008.....I leave this story below ,as a tribute to her..
Bakary Tandia in the Daily News NYC - October 24th, 2007
GNP Photos - March 2007 Trip to Ghana
UN Permanent Forum Indigenous Issues 2007
African Unions Diaspora Initiative
Queen Mother Franklin's Going Home Photos
LETTER OF APPEAL TO ALL CONCERNED PEOPLE WHO WILL ASSIST ME IN MY REPATRIATION TO MY MOTHER LAND AFRIKA
I, Adunni Oshupa (Tabasi) have been TRAPPED in a society that I have yearned to Exodus from for a very long, long, long time. I like my Afrikan Ancestors have suffered much too long in the alleged Free and Democratic System. This is a system that excludes far too many of its’ inhabitants; mainly “CAPTIVE AFRIKAN SURVIVOR REFUGEES” (CASR), who to this very day are still not considered nor included as “HUMANBEINGS”. Nor are we included in the United Nations as part of the Global Members of the Global Hemisphere. We are the only Nation within a Nation that doesn’t EXIST. We the “Enslaved Captive Afrikans” since first brought to strange and foreign lands have and continue to be “LANDLESS AND HOMELESS” until now.
For years I and countless other Afrikan Activists have been working on the unfinished goal of our Warrior Afrikan Ancestors returning to Afrika. I am trapped in a society that I have yearned to exodus from like many of my Afrikan Ancestors have wanted to also. Like my Afrikan Ancestors, I too have suffered much too long in the alleged “FREE” and “DEMOCRATIC” system that excludes far too may of its’ inhabitants. Captive Afrikan Survivor Refugees mainly who are still not included as HUMANBEINGS. “LET MY PEOPLE GO” has been the clarion cry for generations by many CASR yet our PLEA goes unheeded why? We have long been replaced by others, yet the United States government refuses to acknowledge our PLEA and LET US GO! WHY! WHY! WHY!
The long term goal has been accomplished in part as of April 2004 when the CASR were given back their “LAND” in the continent of Afrika. This has been a long time commitment for over twenty-five years plus. (I have been in this Declared, Undeclared WAR on CASR for over fifty-years; this has been my inherited legacy). I have been a resident of Staten Island for over 25 years and many of you know of my Local, National and International activism along with my Afrikan cultural activities. I am appealing to all the names below to help me complete the last phase of this arduous journey and the beginning of a new day for ALL CASR particularly our children who will no longer be “LANDLESS AND HOMELESS” ever again.
I am appealing to all of you to assist me in any way you can by giving me contracts that will earn the money needed for the exodus to Afrika permanently along with those who are ready to exodus the United States also.
REPARATIONS are still an unresolved issue and an outstanding DEBT yet to be paid. Over the years and with many other CASR we have continued to demand that this issue be resolved…Perhaps with the help of all of you I/we can get the help we need to escape the on going ATROCITIES we have to endure 24/7 that go unnoticed by the few in seats of political power. Contrary to many and the propaganda hype many of the CASR never ever opted to remain in perpetual BONDAGE in the borders of the created United States. While billions of dollars are going to Iraq for the usual unnecessary WAR there is no reason why this paltry sum can not be obtained by the United States government that’s no where near the billions of dollars being requested by Pres. G. W. Bush.
Borough President, James Molinaro, (I contacted you years ago when you worked with B.P. Guy Molinari around conditions in said building, Robert Straniere, (formerly assemblyman on Staten Island, acknowledged my work in March , 2002 Women’s Month, Reverend Calvin Rice, (former pastor of a church on Wright street), Tamara Coombs, (former grants director of COASHI), Sajda Musawwir Ladner, (executive director of Universal Temple of the Arts, Earnst Keith, (educator and sports instructor), Shelia Rohan, (noted dancer and instructor, CEO of the Romare Bearden Institute), Debi Rose, a long time political and community activist on Staten Island), Al Peters, (video-photographer and producer of “Live and Direct” cable show on S.I.), Wonda Perry, (former community activist…) and all others whose names escape me at the moment, I need your assistance in helping me to raise the necessary funds to REPATRIATE to Afrika, my natural homeland before the year 2007 end. By myself I will never be able to acquire the money needed to go home, I need all of you to help me and all others who are willing to assist me and others of Afrikan origin who are ready to LEAVE the United States FOREVER!!!
WE HAVE LAND TO RETURN TO. THERE IS NO NEED TO KEEP WE THE “CAPTIVE AFRIKAN SURVIVOR REFUGEES” HERE ANY LONGER AGAINST OUR WILL. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG H ISTORIC AND PROTRACTED STRUGGLE FOR GENERATIONS. THE ALBAATROSS THAT HAS BEEN AROUND OUR NECKS FOR CENTURIES CAN BE REMOVED.
Those outside of Staten Island I am appealing to you also e.g. Chuck D, Kevin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Forest Whitaker, all of the Basketball, Baseball, and Football players who were involved in the “Katrina” catastrophe that is still an unresolved issue, contact me as soon as possible, Beyonce, Whoopi Goldberg, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Montel Williams, and all other Captive Afrikan Survivor Refugees who claim to be other than who they are. I am humbly appealing to all of you to help me a “Captive Afrikan” by birth who opts to escape the “Citadel of Terrorism”. To deny who I am is to totally erase the “horrendous debt” paid by all of my Afrikan Ancestors including my biological great-grandparents whose goal was to return to Afrika, unfortunately for me they did not accomplish that goal.
HELP ME AND ALL OTHERS TO EXODUS THE U.S. “FOREVER”
Contact Info: 718-448-8490
Together we will work to build and develop the “LAND GIFT’ that was given for the betterment of all Afrikans. This LAND GIFT will be the INHERITANCE for all yet unborn Afrikan children to inherit. No longer will any Afrikan ever again in or outside of Afrika ever be LANDLESS AND HOMELESS ever again!!!
for a long i've speculated more of the inconveniences of a returners in africa. for 1 the liberian conflict is a clear cut resolution of what might happen if the african americans go back as neo slave masters. it is in good intention but in order for it to work in full proof the 2nd generation of those returners must know the history of slavery but kind of forget the fact that their family were once in the west. they must fully integrate in a village learning a dialect and start to pick up on ghanaian lifestyles and traditions. i say this because people must realize that being african does not simply mean from or living on the huge continent. being african means belonging to a clan or a tribe and living by a certain code of ethic. if these returnees stay and do not embelish themselves in ghanaian culture entirely dangerous tentions might occur in the long run with 3rd and 4th generations of unrooted africans. what do you guys think?
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In response to your question and observation. Yes, it is true, if we focus on the mistakes of the past only,
I suppose anything is possible, therefore, history could repeat itself. I mean just look at what is going on in Kenya right now?
However, I can only speak for myself and my intentions for Repatriating to Ghana. There are no guarantees in life, as we all know, so each person who decides to go is responsible
for their actions. intentions, behaviours, and if they are
there with a worthy purpose, then we will have to let history record the results. "worthy" is a relative term, so who shall decide? Some want to go and build, some go as missionaires spreading the "go-spell" Some want to get the heck out of amerikkka, and rest their Spirit for a while, some never want to return.. Many different motivations for returning home..
I would also like to add, that those of us who are going should not have to justify going to anyone. As descendents of Enslaved peoples, we never gave up our rights to our point of origins, The Continent of Afrika. In contrast, there are many Continential born Afrikan's who have renounced their citizenship and taken oaths in U.K or U.S. or other Nations, and Ghana in particular, has seen fit to reinstate their rights by giving them and their "white wives" dual citizenship.
Do you think, maybe it might be time to recognize us as part of the family? Yes we need to learn about each other and
respect each other and cooperate with each other.
That requires a willingness from all parts of the Family.
My hope is that being there has contributed something of
a constructive nature..
Why so much concern about us going home and no concern about white folks living, working, buying up, building , miscegenating all over Afrika?
Only time will tell whether reconcilation is possible for the Diaspora and the Family of Afrikan Peoples on the Continent.
If we are not willing to try, how will we ever know whether it is possible or not? We certainly do not have a "real home " anywhere else in the world, so why not give it a try from the place we were torn from?
Lastly, I do not agree that we must forget that we were ever in the west, culture is fluid, not static, it is dynamic, my thought is we must leave the worst of our conditioning in the west behind us, learn the best of what is left of true african culture and marry them together. Take the best of both and work from there to resurrect the MotherLand and ouselves from the stupor caused by oppression historically and presently
operating in this world..
Learning to cooperate with one another, respect each others differences and right to be who we are, working together to deveople good and honest realtions among ourselves will go along way towards that end, in my humble view. Diversity can be healthy..
I do not have to go live in the bush, eat bush meat, without electricity, to be Afrikan, that is not the definition of Afrikanese to me.. We need to focus on values, honesty,
family unity, collective strength..integrity. For me as I have said before it is about raising our consciousness..
When we learn to think right, then we will be able to act rightly towards one another wherever we find ourselves in this world. It has been said...
"Thinking is one of the hardest things to do, that is why so few engage in it"
Subject: Re: RESPONDING TO YOUR QUESTION ON SUNZ OF SANKOFA
To: "Ngone Aw"
Peace to you too sister, if i preach to you Jesus Christ you will say, the europeans killed us in the name of God so i dont want to hear it. forgeting that Jude 1 the book before revelation saids They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. you see the europeans did not come in the name of God nor is Jesus their creation (from galillee). and if they had the true gospel in mind which is to Love then they would not have done the things they've done. Next
If i also say to you that you should go make peace and embelish a new culture because your european ways will make you a distinct people therefore bringing about a new ethnicity which is not needed in a countless ethnic place you will be outraged.
you are upset at europeans which may propel toward a blind hatred toward the Bible and you also have a hatred toward those ex chiefs which will in turn give you the pride of a european slave. Then now ask of you what is your solution to your hatred?
and thank you for sharing your thoughts,
I have no answer, because you have mis-represented my words, it is your word "hatred" I will not waste my time arguing with someone who, by his "free will choice" which I completely respect, has chosen to worship and deify his arch enemy..and at the same time question my right to return to the land of my Ancestors for fear of what harm may come out of returning...
> ok i am very sorry my sister i am remorseful of my
> choice of words but i am not an uncle tom nor do i
> give reason to white people for what they have done.
> i just disagree that your anger is on both sides you
> cannot gear your anger towards those chiefs because
> you do not know the whole story Africa was not
> AfriKa it was a collection of tribes and kingdom so
> at time slaves of kingdoms were war captives.
> i deeply apologize for my rudeness and i hope you
> forgive me and plz lets not be divided
> i was just vanting at past experiences.
I do not know how you came to the conclusion, that first I am dealing in "hatred", and now I am dealing in "anger" ?
I do not have any beef with any Chiefs, I forgave the involvement in the slave trade many years ago, or how else could I go and live and work with Ghanaians in my home and other places? Do you think I would pay and or could allow someone I hate or am angry with to cook my food?
I think not.
Please, do not put words in my mouth. You obviously do not understand where I am coming from.. We have gone through an 500 year experience where we were stripped of our identity, we cannot get it back, it was beaten out of us.
Now like I said, culture is not static, it is dynamic, it evolves, people, evolve and grow. They have experiences in the world and it changes them, Afrika should try it, there is a kind of arrogance that Afrikans display in my opinion, accept when it comes to their relations with whites. everyone else is expected to adopt your style, you ways, turn the clock of time back..Truth be told, not to many Afrikans, now living a true African culture, Africa has been contaminated very badly by the white
conquerors. So why not let us unify, put the best of both worlds together and make Africa strong again?
As descendents of Afrikan people, we never gave up our rights to our homeland, we have just as much right to be in Afrika, as any Chinese who was born in Austrailia has to go home to his Ancestral lands, (China) even more so, we did not asked to leave..
To me, it is an insult to suggest after what we have endured and still are enduring, as a result of the slave trade and our oppression in Europe and America and other places, now we must go through a second stripping of who we now are to be accepted by Africa?
I don't think so....PLEASE WATCH THIS MOVIE
I'm not angry with you either, I understand why you think the way you think.....
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Akosua Busia (born December 30, 1966) is a Ghanaian actress based in the U.S.
The daughter of Kofi Abrefa Busia, the ex-prime minister of the Republic of Ghana, Akosua is a princess of the royal family of Wenchi, a subgroup of the Ashanti. She was educated at the University of Oxford, England.
Her film roles include a notable performance as Nettie in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985), as Jewel in John Singleton's Rosewood (film) (1997), and as Patience in Antoine Fuqua's Tears of the Sun (2003). In 1994 she married the American film-maker John Singleton, with whom she has a daughter Hader. They divorced in 1997.
Akosua has written The Seasons of Beento Blackbird: A Novel (Washington Square Press, 1997). In addition, she was one of three writers who co-wrote the screenplay adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel, Beloved, for the 1998 film directed by Jonathan Demme. Her sister is the poet and academic Abena Busia.
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