No. 179: On Going Home to Ghana

Kwame Anthony Appiah’s excerpt on Amo Afer is fascinating. I had never heard of Amo Afer, a Nzema man, who became a philosopher in Germany in the 1700s. After gaining relative stature for his thinking, he decided to move back to his family’s village on the Gold Coast, a place he hadn’t been to since he was my daughter’s age.

The piece tugs on my heart desire to eventually spend a good chunk of my time back home. It also reminds me of my confusion with James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates who sought and found solace for their identity as black men in France, as opposed to an African country.

I recently met a man whose Nigerian mother and African-American father married in Nigeria back in the 70s. His 87-year old father just moved back to the U.S. after enjoying life in Nigeria for forty-plus years. I look forward to hearing his story and finding other African-American folks like him. It would be cool to tell their stories for other African-American folks to hear. I think there are a lot of us who wonder what it would look like for a critical mass of us to move to countries to the continent like Amo Afer.

What are your thoughts about moving to Africa?


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