As part of celebration termed the "year of return" marking 300 years since the first African was sold in a slave market in America, Ghana being a major hub during the transatlantic slave trade, declared 2019 the year of return for people in the diaspora.
Addressing the group during the ceremony, the President expressed his satisfaction for their choice of stay in Ghana: “I am glad you have decided to make Ghana your home, and thereby, join several generations of Diasporans, who committed their lives to us”. The president went further and explained that Ghana decided to open its arms to returning Africans because of its slave history. 75% of the slave dungeons that were constructed along the West coast of Africa are sited in Ghana.
In as far back as the year 2000, Ghana decided to open its arms to and welcome anyone of African descent who wanted to live in the country. The 'Right of Abode' was passed which permitted anyone who was from Africa to come down and stay in the country perpetually.
Over 3,000 African-Americans and people of Caribbean descent were estimated to be living in Ghana as at 2014.