Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Hon Barbara Oteng Gyasi honors Sarkodie with a Citation to appreciate his invaluable contribution to the growth of Ghana’s music industry.
Michael Owusu Addo, known professionally as Sarkodie, has been appointed as “Year Of Return” Ambassador.
The announcement of the rapper’s ambassadorial role was made at a Creative Industry Forum put together by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture at the National Theatre in Accra.
What is the Year of Return?
The “Year of Return, Ghana 2019” is a major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. The arrival of enslaved Africans marked a sordid and sad period, when our kith and kin were forcefully taken away from Africa into years of deprivation, humiliation and torture. While August 2019 marks 400 years since enslaved Africans arrived in the United States, “The Year of Return, Ghana 2019” celebrates the cumulative resilience of all the victims of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade who were scattered and displaced through the world in North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
Speaking at the Forum, sector minister Barbara Oteng Gyasi commended Sarkodie for his contribution towards the creative arts industry and his promotion of the ‘Year of Return’ initiative.
“Today, we will recognise Sarkodie for projecting Ghana and for what he has done in the industry, and therefore today, we make him an ambassador for the Year of Return,” Barbara Oteng Gyasi announced.