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The MMG Foundation is a registered Limited by Guarantee Company, non-profit (NGO), in the Republic of Ghana.


The Foundation is a fraternal, Pan-African organisation aimed at propagating and publicising The Philosophy & Opinions of the Right Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey among the peoples of African Descent.


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EVENTS & ACTIVITIES!

External News

The Governments of Guyana and Ghana Friday morning signed an Air Services Agreement, paving the way for direct flights between the two countries.

In fact, the agreement forms part of a broader movement to make travelling between the Caribbean and African States more accessible.

It was signed by Minister of Aviation of Ghana, Mr Joseph Kofi Adda and Guyana’s corresponding minister Annette Ferguson at the Air Transport Meeting where industry leaders are discussing ways to promote air links between the Caribbean and African States.

During an interview with the media afterwards, Minister Ferguson explained that the Ghana/Guyana agreement is a positive step towards achieving the air bridge.

“It’s setting the foundation to allow airlines between the two countries to operate,” she said.

Ramesh Lutchmedial, an aviation consultant, pointed out that it currently takes at minimum 38 hours to get from Georgetown, Guyana to Accra, Ghana after passing through North America and England, but this can be reduced to an estimated eight hours if there are direct flights.

But what incentives are there to convince airlines to introduce such flights?

Well, Nari Williams-Singh, Director General of Jamaica Civil Aviation, believes the Caribbean and African governments need to collaborate more to give their citizens a reason to travel across the continent, to create a demand.

He suggested collaborations in areas sports, education, and engineering.

He also explained that persons traveling from Africa would like to touch down in several Caribbean countries and therefore CARICOM should promote a better free movement system.

“In 2007 when we hosted the Cricket Worldcup, you could land in a Caribbean country, you can move easily around as a domestic passenger. After 2007, that went away and I asked my brothers and sisters at Caribbean States, why?” he stated.

African leaders admitted that while free movement in their continent exists, this is also an area which needs to be improved so Caribbean travelers can visit more than one countries easily.

Guyana’s Civil Aviation Director General Egbert Field also highlighted the role of the media in changing the negative perceptions of Africa and the Caribbean.

He said too often people perceive Africa as a slum and the Caribbean as crime-ridden.

Matters of affordability and visa-waivers were also raised as issues to be addressed in order to generate demand for citizens to travel across Africa to the Caribbean, vice versa.

Lutchmedial, the aviation consultant, charged the leaders to ensure that, within the next few years, the Caribbean to Africa air link becomes a reality.

“We have a problem in the Caribbean. We talk but no action. We may come back here in five years and we still talking. So what we lack is the will to do it. So let us all commit and reaffirm to bring all that we have spoken about here today into a reality,” he stated.

source: newsroom.gy

MMG Foundation News

The Marcus Mosiah Garvey Foundation (MMGF) is celebrating its first year of operations. It has been an exciting and eventful year. The foundation was incorporated on 31 December 2018 with an endorsement from Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) as a Year of Return Ghana 2019 participant.

We started by holding our Family Day on 7th January 2019. This featured lots of activities for the family and children. MMGF sponsored the African Culture and Wellness Festival (ACWAWF) festival in February, taking comprehensive care of their star performer Mutabaruka.

In early March we launched our “Mamma Africa Here I Come” tour of Ghana. March 26th, 2019, we held the official media launch of The MMG Foundation at the Accra Tourist Information Centre. In May 2019 we launched a series of lectures entitled “Africa And Her Diaspora”, with Professor Kwaku Senah and Professor Lincoln Sampong. On 17TH August MMGF held its flagship event which is the annual “Homecoming Dinner & Dance Gala”.

This was a celebration of the birthdate of the Rt Hon Marcus Mosiah Garvey and Emperor Menelik ll of Ethiopia. It was a prestigious event attended by government ministers and members of the diplomatic corps. We had performances from the National Theatre and international acts such as classical singer Brenda Joyce and REDfyah and the Abagbrrr band.

A special appreciation goes to the attendees of the event and their effort in promoting the elegance and beauty of African wear at the event.

MMGF gave Awards to some prominent Pan-Africanists, Blakk Rasta, Fela Kuti, Minion Philips Nana Esi Boah, and Obadele Kambon for their contributions to spreading culturalism and rewriting the narrative of Black history.

GTA featured The MMGF Homecoming Dinner & Dance Gala in their promotion video as one of the appreciated events of the Year of Return. We wish to thank all our directors for their hard work and dedication. Special thanks must go to our chairperson Mrs Naomi Palmer-Buchanan (Wudasi Mariam) for her vision, determination and boundless confidence in our aims and objectives. A special thanks also to Professor Kwaku Sennah, Trevor Watson, Kinfi Gabriel, Zebbie Johnson, Neville Buchanan (Girma Melekot) and Shabaka.

We are eternally grateful to all our sponsors and supporters. We are especially thankful to Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) for endorsing and supporting the foundation’s activities, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their tremendous support. The Diaspora Affairs Desk at The Office of the President for their continued advice and support. The Year of Return Ghana 2019 Team for media coverage.

Among our many supporters, we must mention ‘A Touch of Bronze’, Ayida Jackson, Rhythm Africa, The National Theatre of Ghana, The African Market, Dr Obadele Kambon, Blakk Rasta, Zylafon Radio, Rasta Circle, Legasee, RedFyah, One Africa, Mikki Osei Berko (Dada Boat), Kente Radio, Citi FM, Afro.TV, Wode Maya, Born Again Africa, The Ancestral Wall, and Kings Agency.

We must also thank our friends and family around the world who shares the vision of MMG Foundation and who made significant donations and contributions to the funding of the organisation.

The year 2020 promises to be another exciting year for MMG Foundation. Stay tuned on all our social media platforms for the latest developments in the foundation’s ambitious and visionary plans and projects.

External News

A total of $1.9 billion has been generated into the economy through activities related to the “Year of Return”.

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, said the “Year of Return” programme had also brought about an increase of over 200,000 in total arrivals into the country.

She said total arrivals in the country this year stood at about 750,000.

Mrs Oteng-Gyasi was speaking at a ceremony at Anomabo to inaugurate a tourist centre and hand over facilities at the Heroes Garden which has been transformed into a Memorial Garden of Return to boost tourism in the town.

Before the refurbishment exercise, the Heroes Garden had portrait statues of Kwegyir Aggrey, Ekem Ferguson and Nana Amonoo I of Anomabo and now has in addition symbolic statues of people of the African diaspora returning “home”.

The activity is part of the Legacy Project by the ministry to commemorate the “Year of Return.”

The tourist centre will serve as an information centre and provide a welcoming environment for tourists.

Mrs Oteng-Gyasi said the government was working hard to ensure that the country derived optimum benefits from the sector to accelerate development of Anomabo and indeed the country at large.

Citizenship

She said further that more than 200 people of the African diaspora had been granted citizenship by the President while land had been offered to encourage many more to return to the motherland.

She added that the year of return had improved relations between the country and the African diaspora while international media coverage of Ghana had been enhanced and high profile visits to the country gone up.

“There has been tremendous community involvement which has stimulated the local economy including hoteliering, tour operating and other related businesses,” she said.

Narrative change

The Minister of Tourism said the “Year of Return” had cemented Ghana’s pan-African legacy and had put a global spotlight on the country and helped to position it as a historic, cultural and vibrant hub and had as well changed the narrative of what was reported about Ghana and the rest of Africa in general.

She said the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) had also had indications of a 100 per cent hotel occupancy rate recorded for the last week of November with increased bookings for tours to areas linked to the trans-Atlantic slave trade such as Cape Coast and Elmina.

Year of Return

The “Year of Return” is a year-long event of the return of the descendants of the first enslaved Africans from James Town in Accra to James town in Virginia in the United States of America (USA).

Mrs Oteng-Gyasi said the “Year of Return” had been largely successful and established Ghana as a preferred destination for the global African family.

She said the memorial garden and tourist centre at Anomabo was part of the social impact and community development project and part of the of the ‘Year of Return’ programme, adding that it was expected to invigorate local businesses.

She thus urged the community to take full advantage of it.

More sites

The Chief Executive of the Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr Kwesi Agyeman, gave an assurance that the authority would work to develop more sites to further boost tourism and urged the people of Anomabo to take good care of the facility.

A representative of the Omanhen of Anomabo, Nana Owiansah, urged the Ministry of Tourism to rehabilitate Fort William and the old Anomabo Palace into a museum.

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External News

On Saturday 17th August 2019 The MMG Foundation hosted its annual Homecoming Gala. The event celebrated the 132nd birthday of The Rt. Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey and The Year of Return Ghana 2019. One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of Individuals who had made significant contributions to the propagation of Marcus Garvey’s Pan-African ideals.

The first award was a citation for Adudu Seidu Kurabaso popularly known as (REDfyah). He is a Ghanaian singer/Songwriter whom is considered as on of the pioneers of Reggae music in the Gonja Kingdom of northern Ghana. His musical career is marked by blending elements of Reggae music with his native cultural rhythms as well as forging a smooth and distinctive vocal and singing style.

An Honorary Award was posthumously given to Minion Phillips also known as Wolete Tsion (19.10.1949-17.09.2018). Sister Minie, as she was affectionately known, was a renowned restaurateur.  In 1998, as a member of the Saville African Ancestors committee she worked with the Ghanaian government to organise and accompany to Ghana the remains of an enslave African, Lady Crystal, who had been brought to Jamaica more than three hundred and sixty years ago. The remains were handed over to the Ghanaian government and buried in Assin Manso, Central Region, during the country’s first Emancipation Day Celebrations in July 1998. She was given the title of Nana Essie Boah I, Development Queen Mother of Assin Manso. Her efforts Signified the ‘Great Homecoming’ of all Africans from the Diaspora. It was her prophetic efforts that paved the way for Africans in the Diaspora to claim, ‘The Right to return’. The Award was collected by the surrogate Queen Mother, Ms Ama Mawusi .

 

An Honorary Award was also posthumously given to The Great Fela Anikulapo Kuti. (15.10.1938-02.08.1997). Fela Kuti was a Nigerian Mulit-Instrumentalist, musician, Composer, pioneer of Afro-Beat music genre and human rights activist. At the hight of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa’s most Challenging and charismatic musical performers. Since Fela’s passing in 1997, there has been a revival of his influence in music and popular culture. Culminating in another re-release of his catalogue. Fela Kuti is remembered as an influential icon who was brave enough to boldly voice his opinions on matters that affected Africans and promote pan Africanism through his music.

An Honorary Award was given to Dr Obadele Bakari Kambon. Dr Kambon completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Ghana in 2012, winning the prestigious vice chancellor’s award for the best PhD Thesis in the humanities. He also won the 2016 Provost’s publications award for the best article in the college of humanities. He is a senor Research fellow and head of languages, literature and drama section of the institute of African studies at the University of Ghana. Dr Kambon is currently editor-in-chief of the Ghana Journal of Linguistics as well as secretary of the African Studies Association. His website is www.obadelekambon.com. In December 2016, he became a full citizen of Ghana and was instrumental in the historic restoration of Ghanaian citizenship to thirty-four Africans of the Diaspora. In July 2017 he was enstooled as the Ban Mu Kyidomhene of Akuapem Mampong. He is married to Kala and has three children Ama , Kwaku and Akosua.

The final Honorary Award of the night went to Ahmed Abubakar popularly known as BLAKK RASTA. BLAKK RASTA is a Ghanaian renown international Reggae musician, radio presenter and lecturer of African studies, African History and world religion with enormous influence. He has released more than a dozen albums in his career to date. Blakk Rasta’s was introduced to Reggae music by Nigerian Reggae superstar Ras Kimono, who he met in 1993. He is currently introducing a new reggae sound and innovation known as KUCHOKO which is basically reggae infused with indigenous African dances, sounds and instruments.  

External News


Greetings All
The long awaiting news we have been waiting for came last night at the MMG
Foundation Homecoming Dinner & Dance Gala at the Accra International
Conference Centre.
Mr Akwasi Ababio, Director of Diaspora Affairs, Office of the President informed us
that from Wednesday 21st August 2019 those who applied for Ghanaian Citizenship
will be contacted via telephone.
This is the most WELCOMING NEWS on the earthday of the Rt Hon Marcus Mosiah
Garvey. Our iconic hero stated irrevocable that he will be back in “The
WHIRLWIND”. I am so absolutely convinced that there is some ancestral
WHIRLWIND at work.
The WHIRLWIND was present at the MMG Foundation Homecoming Dinner &
Dance Gala at the Accra International Conference Centre last night (17th August
2019). It was a phenomenal evening and MMG Foundation would like to thank you
all for being part of the journey.
Blessed love and Divine guidance.

MMG Events News

CHAIRPERSON WELCOMING SPEECH

Wow, what a good-looking crowd.  First of all, I want to thank all the dignitaries and special guest for your support in being here tonight.  I would also like to thank every single one of you for being here tonight, your support is very much appreciated.

From the members of the MMG Foundation (Marcus Mosiah Garvey Foundation) we would like to say AKWAABA (WELCOME) to everyone for taking a moment of your precious time to be a part of this event. 

The significance of this event is to keep the memories and legacy of our Honourable leader alive and show how his philosophy and opinions are still relevant today as it was over 100 years ago. 

The Garvey brand is international and as an ascendant of the Transatlantic Slave Trade he wore his brand with pride, and it is incumbent on us repatriates to ensure the Garvey brand remains relevant.  The repatriation of ascendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade to homeland Africa is not recent.  Our ancestors when they were forcibly removed from their villages and family fought viciously and peacefully to return to their family and homeland, some after years of struggle did manage to return, some succumbed to their harsh and inhumane realities and others survived in the wilderness and are returning to tell the tale of their journey.  There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that our ancestral spirits are the guiding force behind us reversing the triangular journey to make our way home to Mother Africa.  It is not a force to be ignored.  It would be argued that the seed of repatriation was planted in the minds of Caribbean and American Diasporas from the “Back to Africa” Pan-Africanist philosophy of the Right Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.  There are numerous African Caribbean, and African Americans who have repatriated to West Africa, with a preference for Ghana and now with Brexit in Europe and Trump intend building walls the exodus of diasporas from the Americas and Europe is even more prevalent.  Our President’s recent visit to the Caribbean, and in particular Jamaica, where he paid tribute to Marcus Garvey at his gravesite is a journey that was inevitable, it’s a journey that our ancestral spirits have been waiting for and the “Year of Return 2019 Ghana” has made it possible.  They were invited to “Return” and have gracefully accepted the invitation.

Marcus Garvey promised that even in death he would return in the whirlwind and today I can assure you the Whirlwind has arrived in Ghana. It arrived before the “Year of Return, during the “Year of Return” and it will continue to pick up storm beyond “Year of Return 2019.  Mr President, your message is loud and clear, and it is received wholehearted.  Let us hope that this message resonates throughout the Continent of Africa. Our people of the Diaspora are seeking the warmth of our mother’s embrace.  Our guiding forces does not lie, Africa is ready to embrace its estranged family. Mamma Africa HUG your children of your Historically Unique Groups, and children of the Historically Unique Group, HUG your mamma.  Let the LOVE flow because without LOVE hug has no feelings, passion or relevance. 

Let us remember Garvey was both a unifier and organizer of the people, our people, these qualities are inextricably linked.  Garvey taught us that “We desire harmony and unity today more than ever, because only through bringing together the people into a mighty bond that we can successfully pilot our way through the avenues of opposition and the ocean of difficulties that confronts us.” Garvey was the organizer and builder of the largest movement of Africans in history, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and the millions more who supported it.  As a builder of a world-wide movement, he taught us the importance of unity and power, and the earnest and ongoing organization it requires - “men who are earnest are not afraid of consequences”.

The MMG Foundation (Marcus Mosiah Garvey Foundation) is riding on the crest of the “Whirlwind” to propel the building of the Marcus Garvey Memorial Centre here in Ghana.  Like Garvey we start with very little, but we have faith, hope and self-belief that it can happen, it should happen, and it will happen.  “Let us not try to be the best or worst of others but let us make the effort to be the best of ourselves.”  Our goals can only be achieved under the precept of unity, organised principles, self-determination, self-help and self-reliance, as Garvey purports are the essential components for success. 

Our journey ahead is daunting but that has always been the recipe of Black lives, it was never easy, it is not easy, but we strive to making it much easier.   

 

As we move forward let us give praise and honour to the Most High, to Garvey and our ancestors for the legacy, they left for us to follow.  My sisters and brothers we welcome you, my mothers and fathers we welcome you, my grand, great-grand and great great grand families we welcome you.  Mr Marcus Mosiah Garvey on your earthday I salute you Sir and say Akwaaba.  Our ancestors strong and determined spirits continues to be our guide.  Blessings to all

 

NAOMI PALMER-BUCHANAN

CHAIRPERSON

MMG Foundation News

At center-stage at Menelik Square in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, sits the monument of a horse leaning hard on its hindlegs and facing northward toward the Mediterranean Sea and Europe.  According to oral tradition, Aba Dagnew is the name of this noble creature and companion of warriors and rulers.  The inscription on this monument reads: “It is not greatness to come from a prominent family but it is triumphant to contribute to something valuable to the Motherland”.  Sitting astride Aba Dagnew is none other than Emperor Menelik II of Ethiopia, immortal and heroic leader of Ethiopia’s victory over Italy at the Battle of Adwa.  Of all the battles fought by Africans and their descendants against imperialism, why should this Battle of Adwa and the figure of Menelik II continue to inspire?

Picture this: From November 1883 to March 1884, the most important European nations sat and divided up Africa at a conference in Berlin, almost as if the continent was a wedding cake.  Italy graciously received Ethiopia as its slice to divide, conquer and civilize as it chose.  Four years later, in 1889, Italian and Ethiopian senior government officials signed the Wushale treaty that would gradually reduce Ethiopia’s ability to control and manage its own affairs.  This treaty was the most important step toward the eventual and complete colonization of Ethiopia.  Emperor Menelik II decided to throw the gauntlet: Italy might have designs to rule over Ethiopia but it will not be without a fight.  In response, the Italian political and military leadership decides to teach Ethiopia a lesson. 

Right after Christmas of 1895, Italy began assembling a highly-trained, handsomely-paid and well-trained invading force under the command of its most brilliant field generals: Generals Albertone, Dabormida and Baratieri.  By early March 1896, the expeditionary force was ready to strike at its prime target, Adwa.  The city of Adwa was the most important and prosperous market town in northern Ethiopia. Unleashing four battalions of soldiers and counting on sixty heavy guns and artillery pieces, Ethiopia would be quickly suffocated economically into submission.  Italian forces moved to capture the most important access roads and all back roads leading into and out of Adwa on March 1st 1896.  The unexpected was to happen at this battle.    

By day’s end on March 2nd 1896 at least 3,000 Italian soldiers had lost their lives and an Ethiopian army that could count only on outdated weapons and the will of its citizens to lay down their lives for their motherland was singing victory songs.  More importantly, Italy’s dream of ever becoming a relevant imperial power in African had turned into a nightmare.  News of this humiliation reached “the outside” world two days later on March 4th 1896.  The New York Times ran the following headline on its front page: “Italy’s Terrible Defeat”.  The story detailed the massive resignation of the entire Italian ministry of defense and top policy makers in the office of the prime minister.  Even General Baratieri, the strategist and tactician of the invasion committed suicide because he could not stand the thought of returning to Italy following this lesson at the hands of a people whose will had overpowered and dealt the first military defeat of the new Italian nation. 

Adwa is sacred ground for all of Africa, not just Ethiopia.  And Menelik II symbolizes the unconquerable spirit of all those leaders and their nameless descendants --on both sides of the Atlantic-- who dared to brave the odds against dehumanization, slavery and imperialism.  The man on horseback at Menelik Square in Addis Ababa might as well be Toussaint L’Ouverture, Yaa Asante, Prempeh I, Samori Toure, Maurice Bishop and all those whose names and sacrifices may never grace any popular history books.  

The pan-African importance of Adwa and Menelik II is not lost on the Ethiopian people.  In 2017 the Pan-African University was opened at Adwa, an enduring symbol and source of pride for all Africans and their descendants.  The Ethiopia that defeated Italy was a cosmopolitan society whose citizens spoke different languages, followed different religious traditions, and belonged to different ethnic groups.

If you have ever wondered about what Adwa means to Ethiopia, take a moment to consider the following landmarks in the recent history of Ethiopia.  Currently only one out of every four Ethiopians has access to electricity; in the next twenty years, however, the country expects to export US$1bn worth of energy to others countries in The Horn of Africa.  And this is not just a dream; work is proceeding as we speak.  In 2000 Ethiopia was the 3rd poorest country on the planet with 50% of its citizens living in poverty.  Fast forward to 2017.  Ethiopia is the fastest growing population in the world with only 30 percent living in poverty.  Of the world’s ten fastest economies in the world, three are African (Ethiopia, Rwanda and Angola).   Ethiopia Airlines is the largest on the continent and its reputation should be a source of dignity for all Africans.  Between the late 1970s and now, the country that went through two famines, civil wars and unrest, a bloody dictatorship, a secession of one of its key provinces and the exodus of at least five million of its citizens.  And yet, Ethiopia has managed to stand tall.   

Menelik and Adwa should continue to inspire Pan-Africanists everywhere.  Africa and Africans can and will survive!

MMG Events News

GCA and MMG Foundation Series of Lectures themed Africa and Her Diaspora. Let the conversation begin

Lecturers:

Prof. Lincoln Yeboah Sampong

Prof. Emmanuel Kwaku Senah

Prof. Senah first identifies some of the many West African residuals in the West Indies and South America. He shows the iconic nature of these in the context of the African story in the Americas. He mentions Haiti, Suriname, and Jamaica, then settles upon Trinidad.
He identifies the peculiar history of Trinidad and why it was able to exhibit so many African retentions. He then focusses upon the RADA which is the generic name for the Ewe people in Trinidad – the name being a French corruption of the name of the ancient Ewe Kingdom of Allada.
He then focusses upon the Ewe in Trinidad. He mentions names and the significant incidents associated with those names then settles upon the Port of Spain Rada Community who were led by Agbojevi, Padonu, Alorkusu, Dovi and Kunu. He details how the Community in Port of Spain was established and how it survived all the hostilities of the colonial state.
The lecturer then concludes by delving into the SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE RADA and how these should inform our understanding of the African diaspora. This he insists is a precondition to a meaningful dialogue between Africa and her diaspora.
He ends by informing the audience that the Rada Community in Trinidad is planning a Pilgrimage to Ghana and should, hopefully, visit Ghana in this Year of Return, in late this year or early next year.
Prof. Sampong chooses the topic – “What is Africa to me? (subtitled) - Confronting anti African narratives in the history of Dominican Republic.”
He gives a broad general background of racism, focusing on the 400 years of chattel slavery that deprived Africans and their descendants of their humanity in a world system that made all black people an underclass. There were struggles that confronted this apparent injustice. Haiti comes to mind in this struggle. He then gives us a short background to the nature of anti Africanity in the Dominican Republic, its contradictions and absurdities.
He finally shares his academic journey, using the most authoritative historical text in Dominican Republic as the principal source, to mathematically prove that the African was ever visible in the political and social history of Dominican Republic.
He concludes that the struggle against racism is everywhere and it is the duty of educated people – as enlightened people - to lead the struggle for a world that would not tolerate racism.



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