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African and African American Entrepreneurs Collaborate to Build a Community in Ghana

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Kofi Anku is a shareholder and board member of Ayi Mensah Park, a vibrant of 200 unit townhouse community nestled at the foot of the Aburi Hills in Accra, Ghana.

This real estate development is the result of the collaboration between Black-owned businesses that operate in Ghana and in the U.S.

In this interview, we discuss:

1) The resources and opportunities available in Ghana

2) The importance and benefits of Black businesses collaborating.

3) Honoring the vision Malcolm X had for Black American and African unity.

African American Entrepreneurs

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38 Comments

  1. Unity is very important in the Black community. We Black folks are on the bottom of the totem pole because we are not unified like other tribes. We have so much potential, but we don’t have the leadership .We excel in every avenue we are aloud to be involved in.We need more visionaries to lead us into a positive future. It will be done on Earth as it is in the Heavens.

      • Establishing an African community that is associative to African-Americans is perfectly timed. The intra-racial hostility taking place within the majority race in America is a clear warning to make a major move of this sort. The question is, will this move be as exclusive and discriminative as that being already being experienced by marginalized African Americans? Having spent the last 33 years advocating on behalf of powerless minorities, my plea is to please not create the same monster as has already being the terror across black communities throughout our history in America. Are you open to discuss ideas on how I may help support an initiative for expanded inclusivity? I call it The N.E.F.T. Initiative. We all have hope for a better tomorrow.

        • Hi, I have read your post a few times and would like some clarity on the term “expanded exclusivity”. What do you mean by that term and expanded how and to whom? I want to be cear on what you are saying here. Thanks

    • We are unified in many ways, stop speaking negative, speak positivity, brother! None of what they discussed would be possible without unity.

    • I would like to buy and invest in the project. I’m raising funds for a national textiles industry training center in philadelphia and one African in 2022

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  2. Don’t reveal all your Secret Sauce! The enemy is infiltrating everything we attempt to do. Just do it quietly on the first phase. Purge all Haters, Players, and egos.

  3. It will be encouraging,especially when the African American Diasporans start investing in real estate back home in motherland Africa considering the height of human abuses they face over there in America,afterall the forefathers did not came by choice rather where kidnapped and was forced into slavery.

    • It not that Africans in diaspora do not want to invest in their home countries it is most time the home willingness to recognize the the relevance of their children and the amazing contributions they can make to all areas of relevance that maybe of great benefits to all.

  4. I would love if you can contact me directly. I have family and friends in Ghana and we are currently as well planning on coming to Ghana to build. Bringing unity with us. We have land and set ups there now!!

  5. The fight for Black Unity did not start with Malcolm X has mentioned in this article. Yes, I agree that Malcolm X, Minister Farrakhan, Martin Luther King and John Lewis just to name a few did carry the fight in the USA but the real thing started app. 100 years ago by a Jamaican by the name of MARCUS GARVEY. I have to mention this because every article I’ve read by Black Lives Matter they only mention Heroes of the USA.We cannot allow only American names to be mentioned in this fight because we have a duty to educate those who come after us.
    Ghandi of India and Mao of China also used some of MARCUS GARVEY philosophies to uplift their countries and look at the economic success of those countries today. Thank you.

    • If we are going to correct, let’s be correct. While Min. Farrakhan, Dr. King, or Mr. John Lewis were African American leaders, they were NOT Pan-Africanists. Pan-Africanism extends beyond Marcus Garvey to Martin Delany, Edward Blyden, H. Sylvester Williams, George Padmore and W.E.B DuBois. The first publication of an Pan-African calls was from David Walker (born 1798) in 1829. There were numerous international Pan African conferences even before Garvey created the UNIA. Ironically, Jamaicans rejected the initial efforts of the UNIA and it was African Americans who accepted him and the organization. Of course, Honorable Marcus Garvey should be accredited for creating the largest Pan-African organization and popularizing Pan-African ideology headquartered in New York City. However, let’s focus on the ideology rather than singularly touting independent work of what should reflect an entire movement. Peace!

    • Marcus Garvey was a Jamaican Political Activist, Journalist and Publisher, a Pan Africanist and the founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League, that he founded in Jamaica in 1914, in 1916 he created a branch of the UNIA in NYC after relocating and living in Harlem! He was born in St. Ann’s Bay on August 17, 1887 in Jamaica and died in London on Hune 10, 1940! He is one of the National Heries of Jamaica!

  6. I really love this initiative. Am of Uganda origin with Italian as second nationality and am based in Belgium. I am an award winning entrepreneur and I work with thousands of Uganda farmers and bring our Asante Mama brand of products to the international market. With over 25 years in agribusiness and international trade, I now mentor entrepreneurs who want to start their businesses in Africa, launch their own brands with African products and penetrate both local and global markets. I can be reached at pamela@asantemama.com and on FB by Pamela Anyoti Peronaci. Am happy to help other entrepreneurs through my personal success route.

  7. Moving to Ghana in 3 yrs. after retirement. Coming there next year in October for a month. Will be looking into this community.

  8. Fabulous! Our unity will pave roads across mountains. We should however also address a key Achilles heel in Ghana at this time: Integrity. If we take pains to leverage the average Ghanaian’s appreciation of integrity we CAN sustain this move and succeed.

  9. There is no doubt that everything is moving towards Africa now. Even if some Africans are not seeing the vision of building our continent, God Himself will find a way to do it because He is expect in that and He always does that at His own time. When the foreign land we claimed we have naturalized become hot and trouble, we shall think of going back to where we came from. Traveling for green pastures is good and had been approved by God Himself since the time of Abraham but He God definitely brings back His people after they had survived. Let us look at what is happening to Africans all over the world today. It is true that not all of us will go back but some have to definitely go back do something for generations that will not have opportunity to travel out of Africa continent. I want to build a model city in Ghana and need supports from all fields.

  10. This is a good project, Ghana is a great country and the right place for this project. But our major setback in Africa is Unity. We hate on each other so much that Africans find it difficult to see Africa as home. I’m Nigerian, I live in Ghana but it doesn’t feel like home because there’s no unity, I mean we only wish it but we don’t live it. Ghana has achieved peace but love and Unity is yet to be achieved, that can only be achieved if we preach and practice it as Malcolm X did…one love, united Africa!

    • Ernest, your words are so powerful in order for people to come together in unity we need great leaders and that starts right at home with our families. We must being the family unit back and love on are Black men and Woman and children.
      I believe we been though so mush in America and around the world but I never give up I love my people so mush we are truly loving people we will get to that space one day soon God is working on our hearts so we can come back to be the kings and Queens that we are .JW

  11. Congatulations to everyone involved in this prized homecoming project. I have been in Ghana, love and even at my age, I am really considering gathering information and as soon as the pandemic is over, I am heading over there.

    There is no time for complaints or revisiting every thing we failed to do in the past. This could be our unifying starting point.

    I read a bit about the existing Medical Center. With hundreds of thousands of black highly qualified US and Cuban physicians , why not turn this into the highest institution for Black Medicine in the World?

    PLease keep me abreast and send me every info on this project. Thanks

  12. I loved this story and the work that you are doing in Accra, Ghana. Growing up I never thought it would be possible to visit Africa or even make it my second home because I’ve only had images of Sally Struther’s visits to Africa. The first time that I learned that we were kings and queens in Africa was when I visited the local museum and saw the most beautiful painting, a painting of the Moors King. I was eleven years old. I was upset that my teachers or parents never taught me that. It says a lot about our indoctrination in the public school system. It also helped me to make my career choice, to be a teacher. I vowed that that would never happen to my children or any black child that I taught. I always talked about the contributions of our African Ancestors and about how it was important to make them proud of us. I am planning to visit Africa for the first time and now I know where I am going to visit and probably live and work.

  13. I love the concept of this, I love the fact that a coalition is being formed to bring this project to life, I am very proud of those involved. I do have one criticsim however; I do not like the style of the properties, it seems too European looking to me. I know those of us who live in the US or Europe are accustomed to these types of properties but I would hope being in Africa the properties would reflect the landscape more, the culture. To me these properties could be in any city in Europe and my home in Africa needs to be far removed from that image so I guess I would be more of a bush type person with space and some wildness. I wonder if you could also consider building more traditional homes more conducive to the African environment?

  14. Black people will never be unified until they stop being trusting and remove the white god from their minds. This was a deliberate ploy that was set up by the white man to trick us, control us and divide us. This mental slavery is a disease that can only be cured when the truth is respected and practiced. The Chinese and Indians did this by going around the white man and building their countries thus releasing themselves from the notorious capturers. We have to take a leaf out of their book and go around the white man and stop trying to go through them and getting blocked. One Love.

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