Thomas Nellon, left, 17, and his brother Johnson Nellon, 14, of Liberia, smile at their mother in the arrivals area at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York earlier this month. The brothers received a health screening upon arrival. The U.S. says it will step up screening measures for arrivals from Ebola-affected West African countries.
Thomas Nellon, left, 17, and his brother Johnson Nellon, 14, of Liberia, smile at their mother in the arrivals area at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York earlier this month. The brothers received a health screening upon arrival. The U.S. says it will step up screening measures for arrivals from Ebola-affected West African countries.

Ghana on Wednesday began a series of activities here to welcome home African Americans and Africans in the Diaspora.

The event, dubbed “The Year of Return”, symbolically marks exactly 400 years since the first slave arrived on American soil on August 20, 1619.

Hundreds of elated African Americans and Africans from the Diaspora joined traditional chiefs and elders of the ancient town of James Town in Accra to celebrate this event.

In a symbolic gesture, Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented assorted drinks to the chiefs and people to mark the occasion.

The chiefs, elders, priests, and priestesses among others were dressed in their traditional cloths and regalia as they warmly received their brothers and sisters from the Diaspora.

Ghana has dedicated the month of August each year to woo African Americans and Africans living in the Diaspora to come home with their rich expertise, knowledge, and finances to help in accelerating the development of the West African country. Enditem

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