AFRICA: 4 Nations sign up On Door of Return with Accompong, Jamaica to drive Tourism with Diaspora
Uniting Africa and the diaspora, the Door of Return Monument is now being extended to include Nigeria and Zimbabwe.
The decision was made by political and tourism leaders in attendance at the travel event for the Top 100 Hotels in Nigeria which was held at the Port Harcourt Bantaba. The event was jointly organized by ATQnews.com and Akwaaba African Travel Market.
Finance Minister for Accompong Jamaica, Hon. Timothy McPherson, was in attendance at the event and negotiated with Mr. Gabe Onah, Chairman of the Cross River Carnival Commission, that the Door of Return Monument should also be erected in Calabar, Nigeria.
Event organizer, Mr. Ikechi Uko, has described the agreement as “ground breaking”. It is expected that the Door of Return Monument will be erected in the city of Calabar before the next Calabar festival in 2018 and will attract new visitors to the festival coming from Jamaica and across the Caribbean.
Also in attendance at the Port Harcourt Bantaba was the Chief Executive Officer of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, Mr. Karikoga Kaseke. It was agreed that Zimbabwe will also join the Door of Return Initiative.
Hon. Minister Timothy McPherson said, “tourism is the back-bone to economic development and building new cultural relations. We are already partnering with Ghana on this initiative, and clearly bringing Nigeria and Zimbabwe on board is a great honour and blessing for Accompong. The time for unification between Africa and the Diaspora is finally here.”
One of the objectives of the Door of Return Initiative is to enhance economic and political cooperation between Africa and the Diaspora through the promotion of inter-continental travel as well as travel between African and Diaspora communities in the Caribbean and South America.
The Door of Return Monument is being erected in Accompong Jamaica and at the slave castle Fort Kormantin in Ghana as an important spiritual honoring to the ancestors. The Monument is a counter symbol to the “door of no return” which can be found at historical slave ports across the continent.
At least 5 African countries per year will be invited to erect the Door of Return Monument. The Initiative, which is being jointly led by the Accompong Maroons and the Kingdom of Ashanti, is signatory to a new era of cooperation between Africa and the Diaspora. It is expected to mobilize an unprecedented level of travel and cooperation between the continent and the Diaspora.