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Diallo Sumbry Set to Release His New Book, A Smart Ghana Repatriation Guide

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Diallo Sumbry, Ghana’s First African American Tourism Ambassador on May 19th will release A Smart Ghana Repatriation Guide, a book that simplifies the challenges of making a move to Ghana for business or repatriation. Over the course of the past year, Sumbry collaborated with local experts from the areas of Ghanaian history, Culture, Food and Diet, Health Care, Real Estate, and Finance whose insights are featured in each chapter of the guide for honest and authentic viewpoints.

A Smart Ghana Repatriation Guide also offers readers an accompanying “smart” virtual experience through the use of scannable QR codes embedded in the text connecting them to valuable resources and experts. A key architect and steering committee member of Ghana Tourism Authority’s successful Year of Return initiative, Sumbry brought vision to the planning and development of the year-long calendar of activities which grossed an estimated $1.9 billion in revenue for the Black Star Nation. The forward to A Smart Ghana Repatriation Guide was written by Akwasi Agyeman, CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority.

 

Diallo Sumbry meets Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo

Birthright Journeys

Between 2018 and 2019, Sumbry led nearly 1000 diasporans on heritage tours called “birthright journeys” to Ghana through the Adinkra Group, an African Cultural Edutainment Resource and Consulting Company which also included organizing a three-state visit for the Ghana Tourism Authority, business delegations to explore partnership and investment in Ghana for the Staff of Ebony Magazine and the President and Executive Staff of NAACP and over 250 members for Jamestown to Jamestown, and launching the Back2Africa Festival and Tour which brought artists such as The Backyard Band and R&B singer, Raheem DeVaughn to Ghana.

“I have been travelling to Africa for over 20 years and recently have had a focus on Ghana.  It’s powerful to invite diasporans to come “Back to Africa” but without providing proper guidance and support, repatriation to Ghana can result in unnecessary suffering and loss. Returning to our ancestral homeland reinforces us culturally and spiritually and fosters cross-cultural understanding and collaboration that has been broken for centuries due to the transAtlantic slave trade. I was inspired to author this guide for people who are dreaming, contemplating and saving for their first or 50th trip to Ghana and desire an honest blend of personal experiences, lessons, and practical tips that provide a timely contribution to the “Back to Africa” renaissance sparked by Ghana’s Year of Return,” says Sumbry who continues to use his voice, platform and network to promote and market Ghana and other West African countries as tourist destinations and investment opportunities.

Ghana’s Year of Return resulted in an overall annual total of between 900,000 and one million foreign visitors to Ghana with many being African Americans on a quest to find their roots. Uncertainties on acquiring citizenship, discrepancies on buying land and challenges with investing and starting a business as a foreigner have all created challenges that have proved discouraging for many.

African American children who joined one of the Adinkra Group’s Birthright Journeys

Building Bridges

“Although we share the same skin color and many the same DNA, we are still foreigners who must learn the cultural nuances and subtleties to fully integrate and thrive in Ghana’s system. A Smart Ghana Repatriation Guide’s chapters on Managing Your Privilege and Expectations & Relationships help readers prepare mentally for repatriation, which is essential,” adds Sumbry.

A Smart Ghana Repatriation Guide is an extension of Sumbry’s work fostering cross-cultural connections that are reflected in his position as Tourism Ambassador, his lifelong cultural and community work and even role as the  Director of Partnerships for African Ancestry, the platform that helps members to reconnect with their ancestry through comprehensive DNA testing.

“I believe I represent a group of problem solvers, visionaries, doers, thinkers, builders and comrades from the diaspora who see Ghana and ultimately a unified Africa as a viable, realistic option for life and want to make their contribution. We’re building bridges. We’re re-connecting the diaspora. We’re in the process of undoing what hundreds of years of colonization and terrorism have done to separate us. This guide will be a start for many who are thinking of taking this bold step of re-connection,” adds Sumbry.

Softcover and digital copies of The Smart Ghana Repatriation Guide will be available at The Adinkra Group with special incentives for pre-orders until May 9th including entry to win an African Ancestry DNA Test Kit, custom Zulu Soul painting, a Year of Return Commemorative Gold Medallion from Moijey Jewelers, a repatriation consultation with Sumbry, and other perks.

Diallo Sumbry New Book Press release and images by Muhammida El Muhajir

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Unstoppable Africa 2023: Shaping a Future of Prosperity and Innovation

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Unstoppable Africa 2023 has concluded, leaving a profound mark on the African continent. The two-day Global Africa Business Initiative (GABI) event aims to boost Africa’s standing in the global economy and establish the continent as the foremost destination for business, trade, and investment. This transformative gathering on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly has not only chartered the course for economic growth but has also solidified GABI’s pivotal role as a catalyst for change and progress.

On the second day of the event, Caroline Wanga, CEO of Essence Ventures, emphasized the importance of authentically portraying African narratives. She highlighted that the continent’s rich heritage has traditionally been expressed through its unique storytelling methods. Wanga stated, “In discussing Africa, it’s vital to engage in genuine dialogue. We’ve celebrated our heritage through our distinct method of storytelling, which the world is longing for now more than ever. As the overseer of Essence Ventures and other platforms, I am committed to ensuring our tales are told from a position of strength and authenticity.”

The final day of the Unstoppable Africa 2023 featured a chorus of leading private sector voices. Notably, leaders from the business and media world such as Jeff Wong, EY Global Chief Innovation Officer; Niraj Varia, CEO of iProcure Ventures; Lakeshia Ford, Founder of Ford Communications; Claudia Kwarteng–Lumor, Founder of Kollage Media, producers of GLITZ AFRICA Magazine and Somachi Chris-Asoluka, CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). 

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Complementing these luminaries were esteemed figures from government and international organizations, including President Masisi, H.E. Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Adebayo Olawale Edun, Minister of Finance and the Coordinating Minister of the Economy for Nigeria, Joy Basu, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs at the US Department of State.

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Unstoppable Africa: Igniting Transformation and Bold Collaborations

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Unstoppable Africa Conference: Dr. Akinwuni Adesina and H.E. William Ruto (Image: Supplied)

Leaders from global business, investment, government, sports, and the arts gathered in New York on Thursday, 21st September to mark the commencement of “Unstoppable Africa”. The event by the Global Africa Business Initiative (GABI) seeks to elevate Africa’s prominence in the global economy and position the continent as the premier destination for business, trade, and investment.

The two-day event is co-convened by the United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Amina J. Mohamed and the Chairperson of the African Union H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. GABI, coordinated by the UN Global Compact, serves as a pivotal forum for Heads of State and Government, CEOs, investors, policymakers, industry experts, and U.N. leaders to discuss and strategize the way forward for Africa’s dynamic business landscape. “Unstoppable Africa” is a powerful affirmation of GABI’s unwavering commitment to redefining Africa’s economic narrative.

On day one, the flagship event attracted an impressive array of speakers and participants, including the Presidents of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Kenya, H.E. William Samoe Ruto, Senegal, H.E Macky Sall Poland H.E Andrzej Duda and H.E Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados. In addition to government ministers, “Unstoppable Africa” welcomed a who’s who of renowned business titans such as Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese-British businessman and philanthropist, Phumzile Langeni, Deputy Chairman of Imperial Logistics; Non-Executive Director of DP World Group, James Manyika, Senior Vice-President of Research, Technology and Society at Google-Alphabet, and Brad Smith, President of Microsoft among others. Senegalese artist Baaba Maal set the tone for the event with a captivating performance calling for peace and prosperity in Africa while actor Arsema Thomas engaged in an insightful interview conducted by the event’s host Folly Bah Thibault from Al Jazeera English.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres opened the two-day forum making a compelling call for the “delivery of justice” – a theme central to the continent’s sustainable development. The UN Secretary-General stated that “justice means reforming outdated, unfair and dysfunctional global financial systems and ensuring African representation at every multilateral table”.

H.E. Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados emphasized the difference between ambition and meaningful action, in the context of Africa. Recognizing the emerging unity and collaborative efforts across the continent, she highlighted the imperative for accelerated progress in Africa. Her message underscored the urgency for nations to move from plans to concrete actions that catalyze transformative change on the continent.

During a major event announcement, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), announced a transformative partnership with Google, creating a Centre of Excellence for coding in Africa.

Other announcements on the day included The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) commitment to positioning the country high-up in the batteries and electric vehicles value chains, unveiling a new 1,000-hectare space in Kolwezi, with special economic zone status. DRC’s Minister of Industry, H.E. Julien Paluku, appealed to global investors to join these initiatives in addressing climate change while advancing economic growth. the launch of Ghana’s Energy Blue Zone Initiative, heralding a major stride in the country’s energy transition and investment plans.

The “Unstoppable Africa” event promises to continue its momentum into the second day, where further thought-provoking discussions, innovative solutions, and collaborative endeavors are set to shape Africa’s role in the global economy. Leaders from various sectors, including business, government, and civil society, will come together to exchange ideas, forge partnerships, and chart a course toward a more prosperous and sustainable future for Africa and the world.

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Nigerian-Born Ayomide Idogun On Creating Impact

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Ayomide Idogun is the co-founder at the New African Movement, an initiative aimed at ensuring Africa is conducive for Africans. Ayomide is a development strategist, policy analyst, and military historian with a major flair for transformative change through strategic thought, leadership, and empowerment.

Recently, he had the opportunity to be a delegate at the Arab Youth International Model United Nations Conference, now known as the Best Diplomats Conference, held in Dubai. Beyond the piquancy that came with meeting over 150 people from about 80 countries, and the experience of learning different cultures, the delegates were largely charged with proffering solutions to solving the global food crisis.  Ayomide represented the great people of Guatemala, who sadly are no strangers to this phenomenon, with 4.6 million people at the least, facing the hunger crisis, and suffering hugely from food insecurity.

This led him to come up with prospective solutions, to ensure farmer empowerment, and the mitigation of factors hindering food supply minimized to the barest minimum, so as to ensure Guatemala does not just become self-sustaining, but grows to the point of exporting food produce to other Nations. His efforts did not go unrewarded as he bagged the Outstanding Diplomat Award, in recognition of his outstanding negotiation, leadership, and overall performance during the course of the conference.

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He is a trainer and speaker with core area in leadership, capacity building and development. Some of his engagements amongst others, includes, training members of the African community in the United Arab Emirates, on capacity building and maximizing potentials, to ensure their time and resources are utilized to maximal effect. And at the maiden edition of DisruptHR Lagos, organized by OutsideinHR, where he spoke on the role COVID-19 played on priorities for humanity, and the ever-changing landscape of work.

Ayomide Idogun holds a degree in Policy and Strategic Studies from Covenant University, a second degree in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos, and he is currently enrolled in the School of Politics, Policy and Governance, where he is undergoing the Public Leadership and Policy Programme.

 

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