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President Akufo-Addo thanks Boris Kodjoe and Bozoma Saint John for their roles in ‘Year Of Return’ initiative



In addressing the nation today, President Akufo-Addo extended his government’s appreciation to Hollywood star Boris Kodjoe and Bozoma Saint John for their roles in ‘Year Of Return’ campaign.

The Year of Return campaign was masterminded by Hollywood star Boris Kodjoe and Bozoma Saint John, who is a big shot marketing executive.

In his state of the nation address today, which is the first since the Year of Return campaign was officially launched last year, President Akufo-Addo took time to celebrate Boris and Bozoma for the great work they did.

“I should thank two people in particular who have embraced their Ghanaian heritage and have played a key role in our effort to building lasting bridges between Ghana and African-Americans,” President Akufo-Addo said.

He then went on to identify them as the “Hollywood star, Boris Kodjoe and international marketing icon, Bozoma Saint John.”

“We are grateful to both of them for leveraging on their star-power to attract thousands to the land of their fathers and to drive a fresh narrative that says Ghana is a land of opportunity; visit, invest, make it your home,” the President said.

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Mr. President: When do you leave Ghana?⁣ Me: 😫⁣ Mr. President: It’s ok. I’ll pick you up. Let’s go to lunch. ⁣ Me: 😁⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Your Excellency, @nakufoaddo, as always, I’m eternally grateful for the generosity of your time, the inspiration in your advice, the funny quips to remind me to be less serious, and motivational words to keep going. We will. ONWARD! ⁣ ⁣ #DaughterOfTheSoil⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #GhanaForever⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #AfricaNow⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #YearOfReturn⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #EssenceFullCircleFestival⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Thank you @sai.sankoh @shopsaisankoh @germanee_g for my casually Presidential lunch outfit 🙌🏿

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Bozoma Saint John recently wrote a feature on her ‘Full Cycle Year Of Return’ experience which was published in the New York Times.

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Oweeee!!! They can’t tell me nuthin!!! I can now add “@nytimes contributing writer” to my resume, bio caption on Snapchat, business cards, t-shirts, cocktail party small-talk introductions, and tattooed on my mutha&$%*^ forehead!⁣ ⁣ Seriously though…. it fills me with such pride to be asked write an essay to honor the 60th anniversary of “The Year Of Africa” (1960) during which 17 African countries gained their independence from colonizers in a single year (Ghana received her independence ahead in 1957). But to be completely honest, on the other side of my profound pride was also my paralyzing fear in being vulnerable to compose a piece that would be worthy of such a moment. ⁣ ⁣ However, with the gracious encouragement of the amazing editors of this past Sunday’s special section, @vvchambers and Brian Gallagher, I wrote from my heart… so here I lay it bare.⁣ ⁣ I pray that my forefathers, my contemporaries, and my descendants will find it worthy.⁣ ⁣ I also applaud the additional essays which have made this collection so beautiful; @wayetu @didierdrogba @adjayeassociates @arrivinglate @omar_viktor @oeil_lk @the.folake; including my West African Voltron sisters @luvvie & @yvonneorji; and my Ghanaian brother @adjaye_visual_sketchbook⁣ ⁣ Photo editing by @jmwender & @aburgessphoto, Designer @carrielynnegee & Masthead Editor @monicadrake1 ⁣ ⁣ The full link is in my bio (the printed copies are out of stock because they were all purchased by my mother)⁣ ⁣ #FullCircle⁣ #Ghanaba⁣ #LongLiveOurHomeland⁣ #YearOfAfrica ⁣ #AContinentRemade⁣ #BeyondTheReturn⁣ ⁣ 🌍❤️

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To capitalise on the gains made from the Year of Return, the government has launched the “Beyond the Return” campaign.