The Government Has Failed On It’s Year of Return Initiative – Shatta Wale

Shatta Wale
The Government Has Failed On It's Year of Return Initiative - Shatta Wale

The ‘Year of Return’ 2019 has seen great patronage from Africans in the diaspora as quite a number of prolific people from across the world have paid visits to the motherland.

As an initiative, it was launched to welcome Africans in the diaspora back to the African soil to commemorate 400 years of since the slave trade started.

Outspoken Ghanaian dancehall act, Shatta Wale has however hit hard at the government and has said the government has failed on the ‘Year of Return’ initiative.

He attributed his reason to the fact that there hasn’t been a proper education about the initiative to the common person in the country.

The dancehall act was in an interview with Accra based television station, Utv when he made the statement.

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Shatta Wale stated that lots of Ghanaians have heard of the Year of Return but actually are clueless of the whole initiative because the government has done less to sink the initiative into the minds of the ordinary Ghanaian, something he is sad about. He added that he for example doesn’t know what  is going on because prolific people only come into the country to pay courtesy calls on the president and go see Cape Coast when they should be headed to the slums interacting with people.

“We’ve failed to educate the people about the Year of Return. I don’t see anything going on. The government has failed to educate the people on what is actually going on.”

Shatta Wale however indicated that the next time such an initiative takes place the people must be the target because they carry the masses and have a larger voice to send a better message to the world.

Written by K Oteng

K.Oteng is a reporter and editor for based in Accra-Ghana

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