Tourism is a big industry in Ghana these days. It’s a country that draws African American searching for their ancestral ties. As Ghana was a slave trade route, many can lay claim to ancestry in the region.
In order to capitalize on the growing interest, Ghana is waving a bone at their American cousins. They will begin offering lifetime visas to those who are descendants of slaves. They will also be offering dual US-Ghana citizenship to those who are interested.
They are still working out all the details–including who qualifies. There is a catch to citizenship. The individual who applies must be willing to invest time or money in delopment projects in Ghana. “Citizenship carries some responsibility” according to Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, Ghana’s Tourism Chief.
Next year is the 50th anniversary of Ghana’s independence. There are plans for educational events surround the country’s role in the slave trade. They hope to draw American who have roots in their nation who might seek citizenship. In exchange, Ghana may get some needed aid.