Up to 5,000 US blacks have moved back to Ghana—and thousands more to other African states—over the past few years as part of a growing movement to live in a society in which they say they will be able to live in a world “in which black people are in charge.”
The slowly growing “return to Africa” movement was highlighted in a recent article on the Al Jazeera news service, titled “Why some African Americans are moving to Africa.”
The article—which, of course, blames white people for all of the ills affecting blacks, revolves around an interview with Muhammida el-Muhajir, a digital marketer from New York City, who left her job to move to Accra, the capital of Ghana.
“They have come from the big cities of San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. Thousands of them. And many refuse to return,” the article starts, saying that a “new wave of African Americans is escaping the incessant racism and prejudice in the United States. From Senegal and Ghana to The Gambia, communities are emerging in defiance of conventional wisdom that Africa is a continent everyone is trying to leave.”
The article goes on to say that it is estimated that between 3,000 and 5,000 US blacks live in the Ghanaian capital alone. (Ghana, it will be recalled, has a “right of abode” law,” similar to Israel’s “Law of Return.” This “right of abode law” grants residence in and citizenship of Ghana to any person of black racial descent.)
“They are teachers in small towns in the west or entrepreneurs in the capital and say they that even though living in Ghana is not always easy, they feel free and safe,” the article continues.
El-Muhajir says she moved, “because despite her education and experience, she was always made to feel like a second-class citizen.”
Moving, she said, was “an opportunity to fulfil her potential” and to “avoid being targeted by racial violence.”
The latter reason is of course nonsense, as all the evidence shows that in the US white people are the targets of racial violence far more than blacks are, and that black on black crime is by far the greatest threat to blacks in America.
“I grew up in Philadelphia and then New York. I went to Howard, which is a historically black university,” El-Muhajir said.
“I tell people that Ghana is like Howard in real life. It felt like a microcosm of the world. At university, they tell us the world isn’t black, but there are places where this is the real world. Howard prepares you for a world where black people are in charge, which is a completely different experience compared to people who have gone to predominantly white universities.”
She then explained how she no longer felt like an “outsider” in Africa, an experience she always had in America.
“The first country I went to was Kenya. I was 15 and travelled with a group of kids. I was one of two black kids. I saw early that I could fit in and wasn’t an outsider.
“Suddenly it switched, I came from America where I was an outsider, but in Africa, I no longer felt like that. I did graduate school in Ghana in 2003 and went back to New York and then moved to Ghana in 2014.”
She went on to explain how this dilemma of never being first resolved itself when she moved to Africa:
“In America, you’re always trying to prove yourself; I don’t need to prove myself to anyone else’s standards here. I’m a champion, I ran track and went to university, and I like to win, so I refuse to be in a situation where I will never win.”
“There are amenities that I am used to at home in New York – like parties, open bars and fashion, so when I realised I could do the same things in Africa as I could back in the US, I was sold. There is also a big street art festival here, and that was the difference from when I came [as a student]. I saw the things that I love at home here, so I decided that now is the time.”
El-Muhajir has even made a documentary about blacks moving to Africa, called “Blaxit.”
“I made Blaxit because of this wave of African-Americans moving to Africa. This trend started to happen around independence of African countries, but the new wave [comprises] people who come to places like this. This new group has certain access in America and comes here to have that lifestyle in Africa,” she said.
“Unbeknown to us, we’re living out the vision that [Ghanaian politician and revolutionary] Kwame Nkrumah set out for us, of this country being the gateway to Africa for the black diaspora.
“I don’t want people to think that Africa is this magic utopia where all your issues will go away. It’s just that some of the things you might face in America as a black person—you won’t have to suffer with those things here.”
Asked if she thought the “back to Africa” movement would gain steam and increase in number, she concluded by saying that “I think more will come when they begin to see it as a viable alternative. But it’s not easy and it’s not cheap. I can’t say what’s happening in America today is any worse than what’s been happening at any other time. I think now is the time that people are starting to see they can live somewhere else.”
Source: Al Jazeera