Stevie Wonder Granted Ghanaian Citizenship

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Famed American musician Stevie Wonder has formalized his Ghanaian citizenship

Stevie Wonder has obtained a Ghanaian Citizenship by taking the Oath of Allegiance and obtaining his Certificate of Citizenship during a ceremony at the Jubilee House, the governmental hub, on Monday, May 13th.

Oprah Winfrey then inquired, “You’re planning to permanently relocate to Ghana?”

“Yes,” responded the singer. He elaborated, “I don’t want future generations of my family to plead for acceptance or validation. What kind of existence is that?”

During the ceremony at the Jubilee House, Graphic Online’s presidential correspondent, Donald Ato Dapatem, reports that Stevie Wonder, the American musician, fulfilled a 50-year-old aspiration by becoming a Ghanaian citizen.

After taking the oath to uphold and defend Ghana’s constitution with the assistance of a Bible held in hand, administered by Circuit Court judge Kizita Naa Koowaa Quarshie, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo presented the global icon and philanthropist with a certificate of citizenship and a Ghanaian passport.They were both assisted in cutting a cake adorned in the colors of red, gold, and green.

Clearly overjoyed, the musician expressed, “Mr. President, I appreciate your empathetic approach, recognizing that unity is crucial for global progress.”

“I applaud that sentiment. It’s unfortunate that many fail to see it. Yet, I believe it’s within reach, just a heartbeat away,” he continued.

Mr. Wonder shared that he had contemplated obtaining Ghanaian citizenship for over 50 years, stating, “As a Ghanaian citizen, I’m honored to contribute to the realization of our longstanding dream of uniting people of African descent with those in the diaspora, including the USA and the Caribbean.”Mr. Wonder has now joined a distinguished group of individuals including missionaries, policemen, lawyers, health workers, writers, artists, musicians, and notable figures like George Padmore, Rita Marley, Maya Angelou, and W.E.B. du Bois, who have become Ghanaian citizens.

President Akufo-Addo stated that granting Ghanaian citizenship to Mr. Wonder acknowledges his remarkable talent and accomplishments, his strong bond with the African continent, and his relentless endeavors to foster unity, solidarity, and cultural exchange among all people of African descent.President Akufo-Addo emphasized that Stevie Wonder’s decision to become a citizen of Ghana reflects his deep reverence and admiration for the nation’s rich history, vibrant culture, and enduring values.

He asserted that welcoming Stevie Wonder into the Ghanaian community should serve as inspiration for honoring his legacy and working towards a future where creativity thrives, diversity is embraced, and the bonds of kinship transcend all differences.

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The President highlighted that Stevie Wonder’s reception epitomizes the essence of the Year of Return, observed in 2019, which aimed to connect African peoples across the Atlantic.

He concluded by recalling a poignant statement from the renowned Jamaican reggae artist, Peter Tosh, who famously remarked, “Don’t care where you come from, as long as you’re a black man, you’re an African.”

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