Diasporian News of Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Source: The Informer
The Vice-President, Mr. John Dramani Mahama has urged people of African descent living in the diaspora to take advantage of the “Right of Abode” law and reconnect with the African continent, their heritage.
He stressed that, by reconnecting to their heritage, it would afford people of African descent in the diaspora to clear any misconception that had been created in their minds by the foreign media.
The Vice-President made the remarks when he received Dr. Myles Munroe, the renowned motivational speaker and a businessman, at the Castle, Osu, in Accra. Dr. Munroe was in the country under the auspices of Nene Drolor Bosso Adamtey I, Se Suapolor of Shai Osudoku, a traditional ruler, motivational speaker and a businessman.
According to him, the orientation of the foreign media has been biased towards the African continent, resulting in misrepresentation of Africa as a continent of no hope.
Mr. Mahama, however, debunked that assertion and said Africa has come a long way and that it was making progress in Democratic values and economic gains. “This continent is not a lost one or a dark one, especially when great strives are being made in areas of economic reforms, democratic governance and good leadership”, he explained.
The Vice-President said Ghana’s current growth rate is one of the testimonies that countries in Africa are doing well, but the western media continued to highlight civil conflicts and negative tendencies on the continent. Mr. Mahama urged Africans in the Diaspora to consider investing on the continent, particularly, Ghana, where political stability could ensure the success of their investments.
He mentioned that the passage of the Rights of Abode law by the Parliament of Ghana, is to ensure that the right atmosphere was created for the African Diasporans.
He blames the Slave Trade on the European, who he accused of initiating the trade in humans by corrupting the Africans; and that “the African is not responsible for the slave trade”.
Mr. Mahama called on Africans in the Diaspora to help unite the continent by associating with its progress or otherwise.
Dr. Munroe commended the Professor Evans Atta Mills’ administration for making Ghana in particular and Africa in general, proud in his style of governance, which has become the cynosure of all eyes in the world.
He also commented the Vice-President for complementing the work of President Mills with his youthful exuberance to the administration of the International Community.
Dr. Munroe called for a comprehensive strategy to unlock the potentials of the people of the continent to believe in themselves that they could make it in Africa.
He noted that there was too much pessimism among the youth and that if given the needed platform they would be encouraged to take their destiny into their own hands.
Dr. Munroe called for a leadership, imbued with morality, good religious beliefs and exemplary life, which he recognized in the President Mills’ administration. He described himself as: “This time, I have become a Ghanaian now that I have a deep link with the heritage.”
For his part, Nene Adamtey regretted that about ninety-eight per cent of the population of the Bahamas and the Caribbean were people of African descent, but had little link to the continent.
He called for the development of Ghana’s tourism sector to attract more people of African descent to link up with their heritage.
Dr. Myles Munroe is an internationally renowned bestselling author, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government consultant, and leadership mentor. He has travelled around the world training leaders in business, government, education, sports, media, and religion.