Dr. Malachi Z. Kobina York Ocran.
b. Takoradi, Ghana (June 26th 1945 – Present).
The success of the opening of the ‘Door of Return’ in the Republic of Ghana in the year 2019 and ‘Beyond the Door’ in 2020 has become a historical marker of this day and time for many reasons. For Africans of the Diaspora and those of the continent it has marked the beginning of the manifestation of the prophecies of the days envisioned by our ancestors, and African leaders globally.
The time when we would be welcomed back with opened arms, after four hundred years of bondage in the western hemisphere. The welcoming would be without the hindrances, or obstacles placed upon us by any other race, creed or color, a true celebration of the remarkable resilience of our race ability to survive the worst atrocities committed against humanity. These are the days when Africa and its children are to celebrate our great reunion while re-establishing our lost ancestral links.
Africans of the Diaspora (Sabaeans of the Americas)
What is not known is that the Return Home to Africa movement, though it has been taught by many African iconic leaders over the years, none has been as successful as Dr. Malachi Z. Kobina York’s assistance with the initiation of The Year of Return with the Republic of Ghana in as far back as 2009.
In 2008 Dr. Malachi Z. K. York sent a delegation of prominent members of diaspora Africans of the U.S. headed by Nii Ayi Kushi Yorke Mpese I, to the Republic of Ghana to champion in the initiative of Africans of the Diaspora Returning home to Africa.
The Ministries of Tourism responded with enthusiasm expressing that the request from Dr. Malachi York and his organization was in line with the Ministries of Tourism and the Republic of Ghana’s plan to attract large scale investors into the country. Dr. Malachi York’s influence with Africans of the diaspora as an iconic leader, and Ghanaian by blood, was the ideal channel for the mutually beneficial relationship for the continent and the diaspora.
What is now becoming known by Ghana and West Africa is the vast influence that Dr. Malachi York has with Africans of the Diaspora including the Caribbean, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Barbados, the Americas, the U.K. and throughout the globe. His influence stretches far and wide, beyond what was expected by the continent. The ‘Year of Return’ was so successful that it brought over 600,000 more tourist visas to the Republic of Ghana and an additional 1.9 billion dollars in revenue, as well as a host of A1 celebrities such as T.I., Lupita Nyong’o, Hisham Tawfiq, Danny Glover, Samuel Jackson, Ludacris, Steve Harvey and many more investors into the booming economy.
Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo
Initiated the ‘The Door of Return’ through the Ministries of Tourism
The success of the ‘Door of Return’ pushed Ghana to continue the promise to Africans of the diaspora with ‘Beyond the Door’, a continuous multi-faceted partnership of government agencies with the mutual work of business venture capitalists, programs for the relocation of repatriated Africans, investors and real estate developers.
This continuation and model is the shining star that west Africa needs. The rest of the ECOWAS nations have undoubtedly started to follow suit in attracting large scale investors of the diaspora in a similar fashion to assist in the development of the continent. In fact within the next three years three additional countries have created similar programs to advance the Return Home.
Benin has the 2020 Gateway of Return, Nigeria has opened its doors, as well as Liberia with the ‘Journey Home’ and it is hoped that this model replicates itself throughout the continent and the true unity and freedom manifests for Dr. Malachi York and all Africans of the diaspora. We thank Dr. Malachi York and all the greats before us who laid the path by all their tireless sacrifices leading us to this day and time, making their vision of the ‘Return Home to Africa’ a true reality we can all participate in.