President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. (Internet photo)

President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo arrives in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) today, Wednesday, for a two-day official visit.

The visit forms part of a tour of the Caribbean that includes stops in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Jamaica.

The West African leader’s delegation includes Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

Akufo-Addo will arrive to a welcome parade and guard of honour at Argyle International Airport at 10 a.m.

From 11:15 a.m. to 12:22 p.m., he will deliver a public lecture at the SVG Community College.

The West African leader will speak on the topic “The historical linkages between Ghana, Africa and the

Caribbean, as Ghana celebrates the ‘Year of Return’ to commemorate 400 years since the first slaves left Ghana for the Americas.”

The audience is expected to include students, business executives, representatives of civil society and the Ghanaian Association in SVG.

At 2:15 p.m., a special one-hour sitting of parliament will take place in celebration of the visit.

Akufo-Addo will also participate in a tree-planting ceremony at the Botanical Gardens in Kingstown, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere.

At 4:15 p.m., at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kingstown, the president will meet with Ghanaians

He will then meet in private with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, ahead of a joint press briefing.

A reception will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Official Residence of the Prime Minister.  

Akufo-Addo will tour AIA on Thursday before departing SVG.

Ghana and SVG established diplomatic relations on Aug. 1, 2008. 

Since then, both countries continue to strengthen the relationship to foster greater prospects for trade, people-to-people exchanges, and cooperation in oil and gas, agriculture, education, health and tourism, as well as investment opportunities, the Agency for Public Information said.

Gonsalves made an official visit to Ghana in November 2018 as part of the process of cementing deeper cooperation with the African continent.  

The Ghanaian President’s visit to SVG will seek to further deepen existing diplomatic relations.

16 replies on “Ghana president visits SVG today”

  1. GHANA PRESIDENTIAL STATE VISIT.
    As an absolutely proud descendent of AMOS JOHN of BIABOU and BRIDGETOWN, and lately of Caratal Village, Georgetown, I would like to extend the WARMEST OF WARM blood WELCOME to my collateral cousin, PRESIDENT NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, of my ancestral GHANA on the occasion of his OFFICIAL STATE VISIT to ST.VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES and our sister BRITISH WEST INDIAN STATES here in the 21st Century.
    YEP, my family is derived from three separate migrations of WEST AFRICANS from the regions of GHANA, SENEGAL, GAMBIA, and NIGERIA. I have identified FOUR SHIPS that brought MOST (or, currently established, ALL) of our AFRICAN ANCESTORS to SVG. Of course, Bro. Robert Fitzpatrick’s book also mentions some of our ancestors also came via ST. LUCIA to mainly the BIABOU area.
    Please ENJOY YOUR VISIT TO THE REGION, Mr. President.
    A Jamaican “Go Girl1” to sister SHIRLEY AJORKOR BOTCHWEY, our Ghanain FOREIGN MINISTER.

    1. C. ben-David says:

      Your West African kin were hunted, rounded up, raped, transported, and sold by other tribes to White coastal slave traders who then re-sold them to slavers, a process that saw one-third of them die, or transported than again via slave ships bound for the Caribbean where another third died before reaching shore, the remainder sold in auction when they reached Kingstown where they were sold to plantations owners who worked them them to death.

      Are you proud of this, too?

      1. Injustices have been committed but we cannot deny our heritage that we are all Africans. An Indian indentured servant sent to the Caribbean 100 years ago would always claim India as his homeland.

        African is the most richest continent on earth. If the world is rushing over there for a piece of the action and they are embracing and asking us to come home and partake in the feast are we stupid enough to say no.

        Even the British who perpetuated and facilitated slavery are doing good business with them. So what about us.

        And for your information its proven that the first humans were Africans and the whole human race descended from Africa so what is your problem.

        MAY JUSTICE FREDERICK BRUCE-LYLE, OUR GHANAIAN VICENTIAN REST IN PEACE!

      2. C. ben-David. You prefer London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Toronto New York Or Jerusalem. Thanks for the history lesson.

  2. C. ben-David says:

    How many of our people would wish “to return” to their ancestral homeland in Ghana, one of the demands of the slavery reparations movement, compared to the number of Ghanaians who are eager to migrate here?

    Just asking.

  3. Ricardo Francis says:

    He is visiting to arrange for more Ghanaians to be voting cattle and sheep.

    The Little Boy Wonder celebrates a birthday today.

    Is the president, the guest of honour for the birthday celebrations?

    Will we ever know, his real purpose for visiting SVG today?

    Is this all part of the election campaign?

    James Mitchell brought Kenneth Kaunda.

    History has a way of repeating itself.

    The Taiwanese president is also scheduled for a visit.

    I hope that in his presentation to the college and the people that he can explain that Africans sold their own people into slavery.

    God Save SVG!!!

    Ricardo Francis, Prime Minister Ricardo Francis of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.in Waiting and in the Making

  4. LET me say welcome to st Vincent MR PRESIDENT.At72you are looking very healthy.So you can gave the prime minister some tips.you fellas have a lot in common.two lawyer’s good with people.the only thing is that you just get in 2016 and he is leaving and Boot of you is the same age.l know your country gain independent in 1757 but never be a democracy until 1992.So the PM can help with that.And you can gave us some GOLD WELL COME To ST VINCENT AGAIN.

    1. Ghana did not gain independence in 1757 but rather in 1957. And democracy did not start in 1992 but rather 1972!

  5. Yvonne johnson says:

    Africans never sold their own people.. Dont be deceived by skin color.. Africans never sold Africans..Wake Up!…

    1. Jolly Green says:

      Yvone, I am so sorry that your ignorance a s black person surpasses you. I must enquire if you are living in a different world to the rest of us?

      Many Africans, kings, chiefs and country’s have apologised for selling their people into slavery. Yet you as someone who claims to know calls
      them all liars. What is wrong with your head girl?

      1998, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni told an audience including Bill Clinton: “African chiefs were the ones waging war on each other and capturing their people and selling them. If anyone should apologize, it should be the African chiefs. We still have those traitors here even today.”
      Ref: Smith, David. “African chiefs urged to apologise for slave trade”. BBC News.
      Ref: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/nov/18/africans-apologise-slave-trade

      1999, Odeefuo Boa Amponsem III, the King of Denkyira, was elected President of the National House of Chiefs. During his term heading the national chiefs, officially apologized to all descendants of victims of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade for the role that African chiefs played. The Kingdom of Denkyira itself was enriched by the slave trade and grew to its greatest strength in the 17th century through a combination of the gold and human trade.
      Ref: https://www.eaumf.org/ejm-blog/aug-10-denkyira-apology
      Singh

      1999, President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin (formerly the Kingdom of Dahomey) while in America astonished an all-black congregation in Baltimore by falling to his knees and begging African-Americans’ forgiveness for the “shameful” and “abominable” role Africans played in the slave trade.
      Ref: “Ending the Slavery Blame-Game”, The New York Times, 22 April 2010.
      Adding to the apology Luc Gnacadia, minister of environment and housing for Benin, later said: “The slave trade is a shame, and we do repent for it.”
      Ref: “Benin Officials Apologize For Role In U.S. Slave Trade”. Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2000.
      Researchers estimate that 3 million slaves were exported out of the Slave Coast bordering the Bight of Benin.

      1999, West African President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana apologized for his country’s involvement in the slave trade.
      Ref: Ref: “Ending the Slavery Blame-Game”, The New York Times, 22 April 2010.

      2000, West African President of Benin Mathieu Kérékou, while in Cotonou, Benin, before an audience consisting of high-level delegates from Africa, Europe, and the Americas, formally apologized to the descendants of slaves throughout the world. These unprecedented, dramatic events were part of a two-day conference convened by President Kérékou to start a reconciliation process between the descendants of slaves, the descendants of slave traders and the descendants of their African accomplices. Ref: Tribune News Services, Chicaga Tribune, May1, 2000.

      2002, Ghana, West Africa. The Archbishop of Accra [Ghana] Charles G. Palmer-Buckle apologized on behalf of Africans for the part Africans played in the slave trade, and Bishop John Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee accepted the apology.
      Ref: Tom Roberts, Ghanaian bishop offers apology for Africans’ part in slave trade, National Catholic Reporter, 13 September 2002.

      2009, Nigeria, The Civil Rights Congress of Nigeria wrote an open letter to all African chieftains whose ancestors participated in the slave trade calling for an apology for their role in the Atlantic slave trade: “We cannot continue to blame the white men, as Africans, particularly the traditional rulers, are not blameless. Because the Americans and Europe have accepted the cruelty of their roles and have forcefully apologized, it would be logical, reasonable and humbling if traditional African rulers accept blame and formally apologize to the descendants of the victims of their collaborative and exploitative slave trade.”
      Ref: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/nov/18/africans-apologise-slave-trade
      Ref: “Ending the Slavery Blame-Game”, The New York Times, 22 April 2010.

      2010, Libya: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi apologized for Arab involvement in the slave trade, saying: “I regret the behaviour of the Arabs… They bought African children and then bought Africans then brought them to North Africa, they made them slaves, they sold them like animals, and they took them as slaves and shamefully traded them.”
      Ref: “Gaddafi apologizes for Arab slave traders”. Press TV. 11 October 2010.
      Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muammar_Gaddafi#CITEREFSt._John2012

      2013, Alabama, USA: African King Kpoto-Zounme Hakpon III of Benin told a black audience in Alabama, “I want to apologize for the role my ancestors played in the slave trade….I knew one day I wanted to come to this land and ask forgiveness of my black brothers and sisters. I wanted to cross the ocean to see the land where my ancestors suffered.”
      Ref: http://originalpeople.org/king-west-african-country-benin-visits-relatives-alabamas-oldest-black-town/
      Ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJbyh0RgmUc

      2017, February 2, Ghana: A plaque at Elmina Castle [installed] shows the role African chiefs played in the slave trade and apologizes for letting it happen in the first place.
      Ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNGcKZ7hCWc

      In 2018, Nigeria: In a statement, Oba Akanbi [Oluwo {king} of Iwo land] said: Excerpt; “I regret the involvement of traditional institution in slave trade. Monarchs were one of the stakeholders that promoted the ignoble trade. “White men never forced us to sell our children as slaves. Humans were offered in exchange for glittering material gifts. Such ignorance shouldn’t have survived without the [African] monarch’s consent, which by then were the heads. So, as a paramount and natural ruler I am taking the lead to tender our apologies.
      Ref: Article by Adesoji Adeniyi, Osogbo. June 16, 2018 in News, News Update.

      2018, African, Ghanaian King apologizes for slavery, video.
      Ref: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thhEqHMBDiI

      2018, October, Jamaica: African religious leaders made an apology to Jamaicans and the world, the Jamaica Conference, at the Conference Centre in Kingston, for the role their forefathers played in the trans-Saharan and transatlantic slave trade centuries ago.
      Led by Chairman of the African Forum on Religion and Government (AFReG), Professor Delayno Adadevoh, the leaders asked for forgiveness and made a number of promises, to work for the betterment of humanity.
      http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/watch-african-tribes-apologise-forefathers-role-slavery

      The problem is girl, when people like you make stupid statements it reflects on the intellect of not just Vincentians, but all black people everywhere.

  6. Many of our Rastas and others have a nostalgia about Africa, but my experience with them either at university or by other close association with them
    tells me that if those Africa had the opportunity again they would have done the same thing and betray us again. They do not hold us in high regards. The same can be said of mainland Indians ,they have the same view . My friend Karim once told me that they do not consider Indians from Guyana and Trinidad real Indians just as my university school mate from Ghana once told me that Caribbean blacks are not real Africans a but a hybrid race. So all those who dream of getting on a ship and go back to India and Africa will surely be disappointed and I wish you all good luck.

  7. Jolly Green says:

    Chris, the information you give about Africans being the first humans is incorrect. The time according to science that humans were believed to have come out of Africa was dated as between 1 & 2 million years ago. Such information has long been surpassed, with evidence of humans in the Americas before that and also in Israel. But in 2017 further information has it that carbon dated bones from the Mediterranean areas are over 7 million years old.

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=first+humans+not+from+africa&sid=0E209A3E9E596E5A22C297409F686FCB&jsoncbid=0&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dfirst%2bhumans%2bnot%2bfrom%2bafrica%26FORM%3dQSRE1&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=7F9099C6384A22F4FD977F9099C6384A22F4FD97&FORM=WRVORC

  8. Ricardo Francis says:

    Jolly Green, I respect and appreciate the contribution that you have made, as result of an adverse reaction, to a specific comment that I made, by Yvonne Johnson.

    I wish that more people will and shall inform themselves and become more independent in their thinking.

    The world is going through a significant knowledge based transformation that demonstrates that a large number of the world population is still naive and gullible
    since they fail and or neglect to inform themselves of the facts.

    The conspiracy of suppressing facts and the truth is re-shaping itself with a new disguise and identity, to re-package and re-brand the limited released historical facts to the masses.

    There is , always, more than what the eyes can see.

    I am very fearless and courage.

    Ricardo Francis, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Waiting and in the Making

  9. BIG PICTURE HISTORY.

    SLAVERY, or enslavement of fellow human beings by other men and women, has been in actual existence for about exactly FIVE THOUSAND YEARS – – – 5,000.
    BLACK PEOPLE have historically ALSO enslaved SEMITIC/CAUCASIAN/’White’ PEOPLE, as well as fellow Black people.
    Remember that the descendents of MISR, brother of our ancestor KUSH [aka Enmerker] – – – the MIZRAIM – – – notably ENSLAVED THE HEBREW PEOPLE [descendents of JACOB, aka ISRAEL] who happened to be descended from S(H)EM and were therefore SHEMITES, . . . er SEMITES.
    THE so-called WHITE PEOPLE also ENSLAVED THEIR OWN ‘WHITE’ PEOPLE, as well as also enslaving Black people.
    In OUR DAY, the COMMUNISTS HAVE ENSLAVED ALL SORTS OF RACES OF PEOPLE in the former RUSSIAN COMMUNIST EMPIRE, CAMPUCHEA/Cambodia, MAOIST CHINA, and COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA – – – just to name a few!
    What ON EARTH do you think the Communist Party controlled REVISIONIST CHINA is DOING TO THE MUSLIM AND OTHER DISSENTERS FROM COMMUNISM, right now???!!!
    Yep, National SOCIALIST (NAZI) madman JOSEPH SCHEGGLIGRUEBER, aka HITLER, also ENSLAVED WHITE PEOPLE, GERMANS, JEWS, SLAVS, POLISH PEOPLE, BLACK PEOPLE, AND GYPSIES, among many others.

    Oh, Boy, SLAVERY seems to have been an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.

    ADMITTEDLY, modern New World Slavery was THE WORST FORM OF SLAVERY EVER PRACTICED ON EARTH, or IN ALL HUMAN HISTORY.

    Then, again, MY DINKA brother, and other SOUTH SUDAN colleagues and brethren TELL ME OF modern/CURRENT SLAVERY PRACTICED ON THEM BY ARABS AND MUSLIMS IN GUADAFI’S LIBYA, EGYPT, AND SYRIA, among others. They are my eye-witnesses.

    Which was to be proved. QUOD ERAT DEMONSTRANDUM.

    SVG Chief Minister EBENEZER THEODORE JOSHUA, quoting WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: “Oh, what a WEB we WEAVE, when we practice first to DECEIVE !”

    I guess IGNORANCE is BLISS.

    THIS is a GENERATION that shamelessly, cluelessly, DEALS in LIES, HALF-TRUTHS, OBFUSCATIONS, CLEVER DECEPTIONS, FALSE PROPAGANDA, and IGNORANCE.

  10. PROFOUND APOLOGIES:

    I wish to render my most profound apologies to ALL who have come across my frequent statement that “Moderrn New World SLAVERY was THE WORST FORM OF SLAVERY EVER PRACTICED ON EARTH, or, IN ALL HUMAN HISTORY.”

    Ureka! How could I have been SO IGNORANT and UNTHINKING??

    There has been and stubbornly continues to exist THE VERY WORST FORM OF HUMAN SLAVERY, EVER, materialliy speaking.
    How could I have so missed it?

    THIS HUMAN ABBERATION, AN ACTUAL POLITICO-SOCIO-ECONOMIC CANCER demonaically DESTROYING MODERN HUMAN SOCIETY, has KILLED MORE UMPTEENTH MILLIONS OF INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS the world over – – – most of it IN JUST THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS OF HUMAN EXISTENCE. That NASTY CONCEROUS ABERRATION?

    COMMUNISM.

    It’s guilty adherents like to usurp and plagiarize modern ‘platable’ terms for this FOUL,,MASS-MUDERING HUMAN DISEASE, such as “scientific socialism”, ‘marxism-leninism’, ‘international’ socialism, ‘progressism’, and (perhaps the ULTIMATE NASTY FORM) – – – so-called “HUMAN SECULARISM”.

    Hitler’s form of SOCIALISM is conservatively estimated to have KILLED ABOUT 60 MILLION HUMAN BEINGS.
    BUT, when you add the full death toll in the PACIFIC or ASIAN theatre, this horrendous number of dead humans DRAMATICALLY INCREASES!

    Nou, one would think that, certainly, NO ONE can SURPASS THAT RECORD OF MAN’S CRUELTY TO MAN.

    SORRY, you would be absolutely WRONG.

    COMMUNIST LENIN BUTCHERED HIS MILLIONS OF HUMAN BEINGS.

    COMMUNIST STALIN BUTCHERED EVEN GREATER NUMBERS OF HUMAN BEINGS. surpassing LENIN or HITLER.

    Yet, the SATANIC PRIZE FOR THE COLD-BLOODED MURDER OF EVEN GREATER NUMBERS OF HUMAN BEINGS GOES TO MAO TSE TUNG [aka, in pinyin: MAO ZEDONG].

    Untolld MILLIONS OF HUMAN LIVES WERE SNUFFED OUT MOST CALLOUSLY, CRUELLY, BY THESE PREACHERS, HIGH-PRIESTS AND DEMI-GODS OF worthless, so-called “Scientific SOCIALISM”. Marxism-Leninism, or RENK COMMUNISM.

    innumerable MILLIOND of THESE PEOPLE WERE ENSLAVED PRIOR TO SAVAGE BUTCHERY BY THE COMMUNISTS.

    Innumerable MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN COMMUNIST RUSSIA [the ‘soviet’ “union”], COMMUNIST CHINA, COMMUNIST CAMBODIA, COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA, COMMUNIST LAOS, AND COMMUNIST VIETNAM, were ENSLAVED mainly through the murderous intimidation of those MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF MURDERS.

    Indeed, we in the BRITISH COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN had a shocking TASTE OF THIS COMMUNIST INSANITY – – – in our nearby GRENADA.
    The Governor General, the GRENADIAN PEOPLE, and our WEST INDIAN COMMUNITY could NOT STOMACH this SCIENTIFIC SOCIALIST MADNESS.

    These Communist JACKASSES cold-blooded MURDERED THE PRIME MINISTER OF GRENADA, MOST OF HIS GOVERNING CABINET (including the PREGNANT MINISTER OF EDUCATION ( Jacqueline Creft), MANY OTHER GRENADIAN CITIZENS,
    I have had actual eye-witnesses, junior members of the so-called “Revolutionary” forces and, most of them, fanatic adherents of that SATANIC COMMUNIST REGIME, recount to me and others the precise order of events AS THESE SCIENTIFIC SOCIALIST [Communists] COLDLY MURDERED their FELLOW COMMUNISTS and not a few other Grenadians.

    OVER A BILLION [1000 MILLIONS] continue to LIVE UNDER COMMUNIST SLAVERY IN revisionist COMMUNIST-PARTY CONTROLLED CHINA.

    There has been the SLAVE STATE here in the northern Caribbean, where BLACK PEOPLE CANNOT EMERGE OR BECOME DOMINANT ACCORDING TO THEIR NATIVE TALENTS. The Mulattoes and Creole Europeans rule THE COMMUNIST ROOST OR SLAVERY SYSTEM IN CASTROITE COMMUNIST CUBA.

    My cousin BAYNES, founder of WEST INDIAN WORLD NEWSPAPER in the United Kingdom, returned to SVG to organize TRADE UNIONS and run for POLITIC OFFICE. He traversed the length and breadth of ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES proclaiming to all his fellow Vincentians THAT HE NEVER SAW GREATER SLAVERY IN MODERN TIMES THAN WHEN HE VISITED THE COMMUNIST COUNTRIES OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE AND EASTERN EUROPE.

    FOR POSTERITY, I CORRECT THE RECORD:

    COMMUNISM IS AND HAS BEEN INCONTROVERTIBLY the WORST FORM OF SLAVERY ever AND IN ALL HUMAN HISTORY.

    So-called SCIENTIFIC SOCIALISM has BOTH ENSLAVED AND MURDERED THE MOST MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN HISTORY.

    COMMUNISM, the nasty CANCEROUS MALIGNANCY, is, simply SLAVERY..

    COMMUNISM = SLAVERY.

    COMMUNISM, scientific socialism, marxism-leninism, international socialism, pseudo-liberalism, and secular humanism EQUATES with SLAVERY.

    And, it is the form of SLAVERY that these doctrinaire PSYLLANIMOUS NINCOMPOOPS want to MISLEAD us into.

    Rue the day.

    HAIROUNA, SVG, the PRICE OF FREEDOM is ETERNAL VIGILANCE.

    TIME will TELL . . . Time WILL tell . . . TIME WILL ALWAYS TELL. . .!!!

    San Vincente – – – PEYI NOUS TOUT !!!!
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