This month marks 400 years since the first African slaves arrived in the United States and the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade. Overall some 12 million enslaved Africans were transported across the Atlantic. This year is also Ghana’s ‘Year of Return’, an initiative launched by the Ghanaian government to encourage the African diaspora to come back to Ghana.
Sicley Williams moved to Accra from Atlanta in the US back in 2017. She told Newsday’s Bola Mosuro what about her personal reasons for making the move.
Moving from the US to Ghana has been described as a healing process by one American who helps others relocate to Ghana.
Sicley Williams moved to Accra from Atlanta in the US back in 2017.
She told the BBC’s Newsday programme that she now helps other black Americans relocate to Ghana – a movement which is being encouraged from the very top.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo declared 2019 was the “Year of Return” – and encouraged Africans in the diaspora to move to Ghana.
It was his way of marking the anniversary, this month, of 400 years since the first African slaves arrived in the US.
The US is also marking the event – Congress established a special commission to mark 400 years of African-American history this year, which includes senior black members of Congress.
Earlier this week Ms Williams bumped into a US Congress delegation taking a tour around Elmina Castle, the fort used to hold slaves before they were transported across the Atlantic Ocean.
Ms Williams often takes tour groups around such sites, something, she which says is always a “heavy” experience.
She said she had “to deal with ancestral trauma that sometimes you don’t realise you have until you go to these sites”.
She added that trauma can get passed down from generation to generation until you don’t understand what the trauma is about.
“It’s definitely been a healing process for me and my family.”
Listen to Ms Williams explain why she moved to Ghana: Sicley Williams BBC