Reggae legend and widow of legendary Bob Marley, Rita Marley has been conferred with Ghanaian citizenship by President Akufo Addo. Mrs. Marley, who has a home and other property in Ghana and has been living there partially, was among 126 Africans in the Diaspora who were given the recognition at a ceremony held at the Jubilee House on Wednesday November 27, 2019 as part of events marking the ‘Year of Return’.
According to the Presidency, The President approved the application of these ‘stolen children’ in accordance with section 10 of the Citizenship Act (2000).
Speaking after the conferment ceremony, President Akufo-Addo stated that “I am glad you have decided to make Ghana your home, and thereby, join several generations of Diasporans, who committed their lives to us.”
The President noted that Ghana recognizes her role as a major point of exit for a lot of the ancestors who were taken as slaves and shipped to the West.
“That is why we had a responsibility to extend a hand of welcome back home to Africans in the diaspora. Many have responded to this call, and the ‘Year of Return’ has so far proven to be a joyful and learning experience all round for all of us,” he said.
He further urged all the persons conferred with Ghanaian citizenship to respect and abide by the laws of the country.
You have the responsibility of preserving and promoting the image of a country whose reputation, amongst the comity of nations, is, today, high. You are citizens of a country that is regarded as one of the most stable on the continent
“You have the responsibility of preserving and promoting the image of a country whose reputation, amongst the comity of nations, is, today, high. You are citizens of a country that is regarded as one of the most stable on the continent, a beacon of democracy, governed by the rule of law and respect for individual liberties, human rights and the principles of democratic accountability, as a result of the commendable acts and deeds of past and present generations of your fellow Ghanaians,” he said.