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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

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on people of African descent and supporters of the African cause to come home to Ghana as the country marks the 400th anniversary of the commencement of the slave trade.

He gave an assurance that the focus of activities commemorating the beginning of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, known as the Year of Return, would showcase not only the dehumanising trade and its consequences but also the achievements, creativity, ingenuity and resilience of the African people over the ages.

Addressing a state luncheon in his honour at the Baridi Benab State House in Georgetown, President Akufo-Addo said Ghana and Guyana had signed a three-month visa waiver agreement.

Cuisines

The Ghanaian delegation was pleasantly surprised when they were treated to familiar dishes, such as grilled tilapia, fufu, sweet corn on the cob, jollof rice and kenkey.

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The state luncheon was attended by the Foreign Minister, Mrs Shirley Ayorkor Botwchey; the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Barbara Oteng Gyasi; the Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo; the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, and the Chief Executive of the Ghana Tourism Board, Mr Akwasi Agyeman.

Bilateral

 

The President is visiting Guyana, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica.

Earlier, Ghana’s delegation, led by President Akufo-Addo, and their counterpart from Guyana, led by President David Granger, had held bilateral talks on education, visa application, free technical support for Guyana, oil and gas management.

President

President Akufo-Addo extended a hand of friendship to all Caribbean people eager to visit Ghana in the Year of Return and assured them of the ease of returning through the free movement protocol under the visa waiver agreement.

 

He indicated that the two countries were bonded by common blood, history and ties, which required them to work together and ensure their permanent emancipation from dehumanising conditions and slavery.

Slave Trade

Providing a brief history of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the President said it commenced with about 20 slaves from West Africa, who were sent to the Commonwealth of Virginia, now America.

He said over 36,000 voyages to and from the continent resulted in over 20 million people from Central and West Africa being sold into slavery in the Americas and the Caribbean.

He said it was unfortunate that about two million of them lost their lives at sea during the voyages.

President Akufo-Addo said after those heinous crimes, the African continent was subjected to centuries of colonisation by the same people who assaulted the identity and personality of Africans;

He added that the imprints of colonialism and imperialism were woven deeply into the lives of African people, even today.

He said it was in view of that that he had proclaimed 2019 as the Year of Return to Ghana.

The President said the symbolism of the proclamation was to mobilise Africans, persons of African descent and well-wishers and lovers of freedom to strengthen their commitment to ensure that what happened to Africans would not recur.

Launch

President Akufo-Addo noted that the Year of Return commenced with a launch in Washington, DC, in the United States last year and continued with other activities such as festivals and visits by a large number of African Americans to Ghana.

He said those who had visited had had a lasting impression of the continent and Ghana .

President Akufo-Addo said activities lined up for the year-long celebration included homecoming and the investment summits, the African-American Investment Forum, the Pan-African and Emancipation Day and the Durbar from James Town in Accra to James Town in America.

He said the commemoration would also be an opportunity to consolidate and strengthen ties with Africans in the Diaspora and extend the free movement protocol to all those who wanted to come and see or stay in Ghana.

Oil and gas

The President said with the discovery of oil in commercial quantities in Ghana, it could collaborate with Guyana, which has also found oil and gas.

He, therefore, proposed the establishment of a joint vehicle to assist in the initial management of oil and gas revenues.

“I believe Ghana is well equipped to share with you the dos and don’ts in the area and make available fee-free quality technical assistance to you.

He expressed the hope that the proper management of oil revenues would help finance the spectacular development of the two countries.

Agreement

He disclosed that Ghana and Guyana had signed an air services agreement, a visa waiver agreement and an MoU on investments, all with the view to strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency of Guyana, Mr Joseph Harmon, told the media in an interview that among the agreements was one in which Ghana had agreed to help Guyana establish a Ministry of Energy and other agencies to help it manage efficiently and effectively its oil resources.

 

source: daily graphics

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.

MMG Upcoming Events

Marcus Garvey Foundation Ghana is organizing a tour dubbed, "Mama Africa Here I Come!!!", which is scheduled to come on from 9th to 20th August 2019.

Packages:

Return flight, Airport transfers, 12days accommodation, entrance fees to all excursions, guided tours, and air-transportation.

Tour Experience Include:

1. Accra city tour: Independence square, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum Dubois Center, Ancestral wall, et.

2. Traditional welcome with chiefs, elders and local people. A regal and cultural reception.

3. Visit to Ashanti Kindom, Kumasi

4. Experience the art of Andikara Stamping and Kente Weaving.

5. Enjoy the fresh air of the Akwapim mountains while visiting Aburi Botanical Gardens.

6. A vibrant beach experience

7. Shopping: visiting the markets for artefacts, African clothes, etc.

8. Historical tour of Elmina and Cape Coast Castles.

9. Experience the high ropes of Kakum park.

10. Visit the graveyards of our ancestors Crystal(Jamaica) Carson(USA) in Assin Manso. Atruelyhealing experience.

11. Meet & greet the diaspora community. Hear first hand the experiences of those who have repatriated.

12. Attending the exquisite Annual MMG Foundation 'Homecoming' Dinner & Dance. An African wear affair.

Price: $3,797 including flight, accommodation, 2 meals (breakfast and evening buffet) excursions and transportation

Contact us on: WhatsApp +233 54 379 2807 / Facebook: MMG Foundation / Email: info@themmgf.org

External News

Many Jamaicans believe that the People’s National Party (PNP) is Jamaica’s first political party. However, that is not the case: Prior to 1938, when Norman Manley founded the PNP, fellow National Hero Marcus Garvey formed what is considered Jamaican’s first modern political party on September 9, 1929 – ‘modern’ in that its focus was on moving away from colonialism.

Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) held its 6th International Convention in Kingston that year, so the party was launched amidst great fanfare. The PPP produced the first ever political manifesto and constitution in Jamaica and perhaps even the Caribbean. Amongst the main points of the manifesto were:

  1. Self-government for Jamaica
  2. A minimum wage for workers
  3. Land reform
  4. An eight-hour work day
  5. Free secondary education
  6. A public library system
  7. Encouragement of local industries
  8. Protection for native labour
  9. A law to punish judges who act unfairly

Garvey developed a framework to reshape the Jamaica society to reflect his Black Nationalist philosophy. According to leading Garvey scholar Tony Martin, his demands were for black majority rule, political independence for Jamaica (‘dominion status’) and the formation of a West Indian Federation, which Jamaica would lead.

source: http://digjamaica.com

MMGF Pan - African News

Ghana is the first African Country to organize a concerted effort to
commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the United States in 1619.

The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a yearlong commemoration and celebration of the global African resilience. In September 2018, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched this initiative in Washington following a successful local launch at the National Theatre in Accra, Ghana in August 2018.
Ghana’s Pan African legacy has never been in doubt starting from the
struggles of the founding fathers ,as the first Independent African Country, it’s role in the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU - Now AU), the celebration of Pan Africanism through Arts and Culture ( PANAFEST), being the first African nation to celebrate Emancipation day - recognizing the end of enslavement in the Caribbean, the introduction of the Joseph Project to reu-nite the African Family and the establishment of a dedicated office of diaspora
affairs at the Presidency.

Ghana housed approximately 75% of the dungeons built on the West Coast of Africa and 2019 presents an opportunity for the global African family to embark on a personal and collective Birthright journey to embrace the experience of traveling full circle back to their homeland. The yearlong calendar of activities includes spiritual pilgrimages, business and investment meetings, musical concerts, gospel shows, cultural and wellness programs, family reunions and others.

Download full story with pictures of the year return 2019 pdf.

External News

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will grant Ghanaian citizenship to more than 200 members of the African-American-Caribbean Diaspora community residing in the country.

The conferment of citizenship will take place next month.

The Director of Diasporan Affairs at the Office of the President, Mr Akwesi Awua-Ababio, who is also the Chairman of the Year of Return Steering Committee, made this known in an interview with the Daily Graphic when the leadership of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) paid a courtesy call on the Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Mr Ato Afful, and other management members of the company.

A similar conferment took place in 2016 when 34 Diasporans were given Ghanaian citizenship under the then President John Dramani Mahama.

Mr Awua-Ababio explained that it was the prerogative of the President to confer citizenship on persons who were not citizens by birth, as enshrined in the Constitution.

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According to him, the decision to grant citizenship to the African-American-Caribbean community formed part of the celebration of the Year of Return.

He said the celebration was very dear to the President because it had the potential to place Ghana high on the international map.

 

Placing Ghana high

The meeting was to dialogue and deliberate on how to strengthen the partnership between the two bodies to promote the Year of Return and sensitise Ghanaians to the celebration.

President Nana Akufo-Addo, in September 2018, declared 2019 ‘The Year of Return’, a celebration of African resilience and to commemorate 400 years since the first Black slave reached the shores of the new world, United States of America.

The celebration is also to reach out to the descendants of those Africans who were forcibly removed from their homeland and taken into slavery.

 

Low publicity

At the meeting, the Chief Executive Officer of the GTA, Mr Akwasi Agyeman, indicated that the celebration had been well publicised on the international front, attracting a number of Diasporans.

However, he said, the same could not be said about the publicity of the celebration in the country, as there had been little publicity to educate the local populace to be abreast of the celebration.

While the celebration would attract more foreigners into the country, he said, more publicity on it would convince the business community to align itself with the activities planned for the celebration.

Mr Agyeman further indicated that as part of the celebration a number of activities, including PANAFEST, had been outlined to take place from next month until the end of the year to climax the celebration.

To promote the activities and position Ghana well on the international front, he said, the GTA needed to collaborate with the media to broadcast the event to the public.

He, therefore, called on the GCGL to support the GTA to make the celebration of the Year of Return a success, as well as promote the tourism industry in general.

While expressing gratitude to the GCGL for its immense support to the tourism industry, Mr Agyeman said more needed to be done to enhance the country’s tourism sector.              

We are ready to support

Mr Ato Afful, for his part, said tourism was very critical to the economic development of the country, considering the revenue it would generate when given the needed attention.

He expressed the GCGL’s readiness and commitment to support the celebration to make it a success but urged the management of GTA to “leave their doors open” to allow free flow of information for publication.

“Give us the needed information when we come knocking at your door, so that we can work together to drive the audience,” he said.

The Director of News at the GCGL, Mrs Mavis Kitcher, said the role of the company was to support the developmental agenda of the government and so such programmes fell within that mandate.

She also underscored the need for information to be forthcoming to ensure that the objective of the cooperation was achieved.

Look at hotel prices

Mrs Kitcher, however, expressed concern about the high prices of hotels in the country, especially the four and five-Star hotels, saying: “You are asking people to visit the country but the prices of these hotels are very expensive and need to be looked at.”

The Director of Marketing of the GCGL, Mr Franklin Sowa, recalled how the company was already working to promote tourism in the country.

He said its platforms had the potential to draw the audiences needed to participate in the various activities, saying both Graphic Showbiz and The Mirror were already promoting the sector in their publications.

He said domestic tourism had a lot of potential that could be promoted to generate high returns for the government and added that the GCGL was using its Junior Graphic platform to introduce vacation tours for students to visit the various tourist sites.

Reacting to the high hotel prices, Mr Agyeman said the management of the various hotels were paying about 22 different taxes at a go, hence the high prices.

However, he said, the authority was working with Parliament to see how to reduce the tax incidence on hotels to drive down prices.

MMG Events News

This is the official media launch of the Marcus Mosiah Garvey Foundation. We are also launching The MMGF 'Homecoming' Dinner & Dance in association with the Ghana Tourist Authority(GTA). This is to celebrate "The Year Of Return Ghana 2019".

The Homecoming Dinner & Dance will be held on the 17th August 2019 at The Accra International Conference Centre. This date also coincides with the birthday of The Rt. Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

MMG Upcoming Events

 

The Marcus Mosiah Garvey Foundation(MMG Foundation) in conjunction with the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) presents the First Annual "Homecoming" Dinner and Dance Gala. The event is a part of The Year Of Return Ghana 2019 program. It will be held on the 17th August 2019 at The Accra International Conference Centre. The "Homecoming" celebrations will be a glittering affair, featuring a three course meal, live music and a fashion show. The dress code for the night will be strictly African attire. The theme for the night will be 'Breaking Down Barriers, Building Bridges For Reconstruction'. The occasion will give returning diasporians the opportunity to meet and network with local diasporians and the business communities. We will also be honouring outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the upliftment of our motherland. The event will also celebrates the 132nd Birthday of the Rt. Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey. All proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of the Marcus Garvey Memorial Centre in Ghana.

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