It’s crunch time in Ghana regarding the Year of Return activities targeted at those of African heritage in the diaspora to make a return home to the ‘Gateway to Africa.’
Heeding the call by Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo for those making a return to explore Ghana’s tourism and heritage sites with a view of future investment is Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o famed for roles as Patsey in ‘12 Years a Slave‘ and as Nakia in ‘Black Panther.’
The international filmmaker and Academy Award winner reportedly embarked on a private tour of the slave holding Cape Coast Castle in the country’s central region. Unlike Steve Harvey, T.I. and others who were given rousing welcome at the Kotoka International Airport by the Year of Return secretariat executives; it does appear Nyong’o wanted her visit to be on the quiet.
She is said to have also avoided posting photos on her official social media sites. Meanwhile, Ghanaian blogger Zionflelix reports that the Hollywood actress and her crew will stay in the country for some time. There is no telling if she will take time to connect with the pop culture by attending any of the nightlife events or scheduling a meeting to hang out with Ghanaian celebrities. All that is yet to be acknowledged, time will tell.
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I had an extremely rewarding adventure visiting Benin to find out the deeper story behind the prolific warrior women known as the Agoji, that inspired the Dora Milaje in our movie #BlackPanther. Join me on the journey tonight. #WarriorWomen with Lupita Nyong’o airs in the UK at 10pm on @Channel4.