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How Ghana struck gold over Trump’s tweets

Publish date: 13 January 2020
Issue Number: 855
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Internet

What started as an anniversary promotion called the Year of Return – a government-funded call for the African diaspora to explore Ghana four centuries after the first slave ship reached Virginian soil – has enticed some Americans to stay for good. Officials in this West African nation say interest has overwhelmed the tourism office as the annual flood of visitors has more than doubled and A-list celebrities spark frenzies around the capital. The rush to Ghana, where millions of Africans were forced into servitude before the slave trade ended in 1870, intensified after President Donald Trump’s tweets. Trump told four congresswomen – including Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee – to ‘go back’ to ‘the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came’ in July, sparking outrage. A reporter asked Cardi B about her impression of Ghana hours before she played her first show in the country. ‘They don't know it's lit,’ the rapper said of her fellow Americans. ‘They don't know it's beautiful. They don't know the food is delicious.’

Full report on the IoL site