Daily on our TV screens we see footage of people fleeing poverty and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. Such large exodus by Africans to seek greener pastures in Europe, North America and to some extent Australia has been going on for decades. But the West African nation of Ghana seems to be saying "not anymore". Jermaine Nkrumah is the Vice Chairman of the Ghana Diaspora Homecoming Summit Planning Committee, attached to the Diaspora Relations Office which is run from the Office of the Ghanaian president. He spoke with Martin Kwakwa from the country's capital Accra. He first explained the rationale behind a proposal for Ghanaians overseas to go home and help build their nation.
Ghana is trying to woo back its citizens whove been overseas for years, and next month the new government of Ghana is hosting what it calls a Diaspora Homecoming Summit.
On June 24, the 10,000-strong Ghanaian community will be meeting in Sydney to be briefed by Ghana government officials on the Diaspora Homecoming Summit to be held in July.