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Ghana, West Africa
Many African Americans moving
from the U.S. to Africa
According to recent reports about 10,000
African Americans visit Ghana yearly.
Currently almost 3,000 African Americans
reside in the capital, Accra, the major hub of


While these numbers are not huge, they are
significant. Almost six years ago there were
only 1,000 African-American expatriates
living in Ghana, so clearly the numbers are
rising steadily.
What has attracted them? Various reasons one being racial tensions in the U.S., but also opportunities for
a better life. The fact is this burgeoning nation has consistently enjoyed a peaceful political climate without
many threats of internal or external strife since it gained its independence from the British back in 1957.

The temperate weather also makes it an attractive choice. In November 2001, Ghana’s parliament passed
(right to abode) legislation which allows
any person of African descent in the Diaspora to live and
work in Ghana indefinitely
. Previously, African-Americans in Ghana had to continually renew visas and
work permits, which proved to be both costly and bothersome. Those who have advocated the African-
American cause celebrated a small victory. Ghana is the first and only African nation to adopt legislation
providing Africa’s dispersed family a legal right to return.
Ghana’s capital city, Accra, is a
sophisticated urban area, with a full range
of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and
increasingly, shopping malls. There are
many affluent areas, including East Legon
the location of the city’s only traditional
shopping complex, Accra Mall.

Another popular option is Osu, locally
referred to as “Oxford Street,” where many
go to shop and hang out. The downtown
area has seen much development over the
last decade and the range of serviced high-
rise apartments makes it an easy location
to set up home quickly.
Accra, Ghana, West Africa
In addition to being a wonderful urban home for roughly 20 percent of Ghana’s 28 million total
population, Accra has become the leisure destination of choice for affluent Nigerians, who take a
quick 45-minute flight to spend time at their Accra weekend homes. The warmth of the Ghanaian
people is an asset and is an important part of what draws visitors to return to spend leisure time
here. The tropical climate is also a plus.
In Prampram, a town just an hour’s
drive east of Ghana’s capital Accra,
many holiday houses line the shores of
the South Atlantic Ocean. One of them
belongs to Jerome Thompson. Located
only 500 metres from the water, Mr.
Thompson’s house is resilient to the
effects of the salt and wind. The floors,
windows and doors are made of hard
wood. His self-designed furniture is
made from quality Ghanaian timber
and hand-carved by local artisans.
“The ocean helps me fall asleep and wakes me up in the morning,” says Mr. Thompson, an African-
American retiree taking a stroll on the beach where palm trees shade hand-carved canoes. “Where else
can I live this close to the ocean? It would cost me millions of dollars!”

Mr. Thompson, a native of Maryland in the United States, retired to Ghana 11 years ago. He first visited
the West African country on a tour in 2000. “I fell in love with Ghana and its people, he recalled, during an
interview with Africa Renewal. “It was good seeing black people, my people, in charge of the country

That trip took him to many attractions across the country, including the Cape Coast Castle from where
centuries ago millions of Africans walked through the infamous “Door of No Return” into slave ships
bound for plantations in the Americas and the Caribbean, never to set foot in their homelands again.
But for their descendants like Mr.
Thompson, the sign that hangs on that
infamous door today reads: “Door of
Return”. “I was so ready to turn my
back on the United States,” he says,
adding: “We did so much for the US,
yet they don’t want to see us as first-
class citizens.”

A feeling of belonging

Mr. Thompson is one of the 20 or so
African Americans and other people
from the diaspora of African descent...
who have found a home in this fishing community, attracted by the beaches and the peace and tranquility
the town offers away from the hustle and bustle of Accra. Claudette Chamberlain shares Mr. Thompson’s
feelings of belonging. She was born in Jamaica but lived in the US and United Kingdom. Seven years
ago, she moved to Ghana and built a five-bed guesthouse at Prampram.

“When I got off the plane, I just had this overwhelming feeling come over me," Claudette says, adding
that she realized then that Ghana was the place she wanted to be. She misses her mother and siblings
who still live in London but she doesn’t miss London. “Ghana is definitely home, I’m going to spend the
rest of my days here.” To learn how you can relocate to Africa
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