Nana Ekua Appeatsewah II, the Central Regional MUSIGA chairperson who was at the launch of the AFRO HOME COMING last Friday has reiterated her worry when it comes to the use of the word, “Afro” to refer to the African and African American community in general.
She intimated that the term “Afro” , has gone extinct and is not appropriate and very relevant in this day and age where the entire globe has rather moved into referring people of black race as African. She therefore urged the organizers of the program to reconsider using a different word or re-couched title for the program which is the first of its kind in the region. The launch saw some staggering performances from multiple award winning reggae artiste, Afro Moses and a host of other high life legends who graced the show.
“I wasn’t too comfortable with the word “Afro”. I know Afro has passed, you know, when we used to do the Afro American, the Afro this and the Afro that, it’s kinda like gone. So I was thinking that may be by the time the program will be due, you would have come up with an appropriate, and acceptable word rather than the word Afro” she stated.
The Chairperson affectionately called Queen 1, was previously in the diaspora, has recently relocated to Ghana after having spent 8 years here so far. The Afro Home Coming 2020 which was recently launched is aimed at creating an opportunity for musicians in the diaspora to come home and have some local collaborations and also enjoy the opportunity of selling their brands to their local people at home.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI