GhPageEditor's PickYear of return: List of popular international personalities that visited Ghana.

Year of return: List of popular international personalities that visited Ghana.

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The year 2019 was declared the Year of Return by the government of Ghana as it marked the 400 years after the first slave ship left Africa, with the aim of bringing African diasporans back to Africa specifically Ghana to settle and invest in the country.

Lots of Black personalities who trace their ancestry to Africa and are known internationally  visited the country; Ghana to mark the momentous celebration.

Many other Superstars  also came to Ghana and join this great commemoration.

Per’s search, these listed international personalities have already visited the motherland Ghana as part of the year of the return initiative.

Kofi Kingston

Bor, Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah, he is a Ghanaian-American who is a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion and currently the fourth reign as SmackDown Tag Team Champion.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is an American non-discriminatory media and entertainment company noted for professional wrestling. As part of the year of return celebration, he came to Ghana after 26 years of staying away from his homeland Ghana.

On his visit, he had the privilege to meet the President of the Republic of Ghana and also had a four-day tour to several historical sites and regarding the media, he granted some interviews which was part of his return to his homeland. He had Fun!


A.J Johnson as sometimes referred to also has her name as one of the famous personalities who visited Ghana in 2019. Adrienne is an American actress, choreographer, fitness trainer, and life coach.

As part of the year of return initiative, the American Icon had a premiere at the Silverbird Cinema where she had lots of fun and was warmly welcomed in Ghana, she stated in an interview that ” she believes Ghana is a haven for those seeking inner peace and a pure connection with their roots, unlike Hollywood”.

Adrienne-Joi-Johnson spent her days touring some natural sceneries and had the chance to see some other tourist sites.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell was spotted in Ghana in January 2019, though she has been seen mostly in the country without public notice, her appearance this time formed part of the celebration of year of return where African Diasporans were in attendance.

The English model, actress, and businesswoman did not keep silent on her return she made it a point to visit fashion students at Radford University in Accra.

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson is a household name in sitcom. He is famed in acting, writing, game show hosting and also comedy.

The 49-year-old American figure was in Ghana for the year of return.

Boris Kodjoe

Boris Kodjoe has a very long name Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe, who is an Austrian-born actor of German and Ghanaian parents; Eric Kodjoe and Ursula Kodjoe. He came to Ghana in 2019 to visit his father’s country and also to form part of the year of return.

Idrissa Akuna Elba Obe (Idris Elba)

Born to a Sierra Leonian father and a Ghanaian mother, Idris Elba is a global sensation evidently in the movie cycle. Idris Elba couples as an English actor, producer, writer, musician, DJ, rapper, and singer.

He has also registered his name in the year of return history books. known for his famous movie roles such as Fast & Furious (HOBBS & SHAW) he has also had a feature with Ghana’s rap king Sarkodie.

Ludacris also sighted The American musician and actor Christopher Brian Bridges in showbiz known as Ludacris just at the end of the year 2019 on the 27th December as he visited the cape coast Castle to have a dumbfounding experience of the slave trade that took place in Ghana.

Surely the Actor had an unforgettable memory and saw for himself the rich culture.

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Jet Lee

As part of the year of return, lots of international acts were present in Ghana and Jet Lee was no exception, he came with the co-founder of Alibaba Group Jack Ma and Ban Ki-Moon for the maiden edition of the Africa Netpreneurship Summit all geared towards the celebration.

Born in Beijing, Jet Lee is a Chinese film actor, film producer, martial artist, and retired Wushu champion. Jet Lee is a liked movie star, especially in the Chinese movie terrain.

Jet Li paid a courtesy call on President Nana Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House.

Jack Ma

Jack Ma, a Chinese business magnate, investor, co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group together with Chinese actor Jet Li came to Ghana for the Africa Netpreneurship Summit.

2019 declared by the government as the year of return has made all foreigners who come to Ghana get tagged as one who has come to partake in the historic event.

Steve Harvey

The 62-year-old comedian and actor Steve Harvey and wife visited for the year of return in Ghana.

On his visit, he went to the Cape Coast Castle where he was taken through the slave history and how people suffered then times. Steve Harvey and Wife couldn’t control their emotions and shared tears as history was unfolded to them. Aww!

Away from the Castle, the couple had lots of experiences as he met fashion designers also here in Ghana.

Simply Tacha

Simply Tacha recognized as people’s favorite Big Brother Naija housemate, others hated her tho!

Tacha came to Ghana soon after she was disqualified after her clash with Mercy in the house from Big Brother Naija when she landed in Ghana many other notable personalities were at the Kotoka International Airport to welcome her.

Tacha was the social media talk about when she was in Ghana, as she visited lots of places and granted interviews as well.

Rick Ross

“The Boss” Rick Ross arrived in Ghana ahead of the Detty Rave concert.
Upon arrival, he was met by some fans. All as part of the year of return.


American rapper and actor T. I. has arrived in Ghana with his wife as part of the Year of Return initiative advocated by the Tourism Ministry of Ghana.

T.I and wife visited the Cape Coast Castle, both of them couldn’t hold back their tears when history about the slavery monument was laid before them.

Cardi B

Cardi B can not be left out as one of the year of return personalities who visited Ghana.

Though She came to Ghana for Live X Festival with Cardi B many still think that her presence in Ghana was an afterthought.

During her visitation in Ghana, there was a whole lot of controversies that surrounded her stay here, not to forget The Meet & Greet session with the slay Queens and the viral Khebab chewing.

In fact, Cardi B enjoyed her stay in Ghana haha! she got trolled on social media.

Danny Glover

Danny Glover who is an American film actor, film director, and political activist was sighted by upon his arrival to the country for the historic celebration of the year of return.

As part of the activities marking the 400 years of enslaved Africans landing on the shores of America in Jamestown Virginia tagged “Jamestown to Jamestown” Saw Danny Glover and his team had their share of the experience.


Born Aliaune Damala Bouga Badara popularly known as Akon in showbiz arrived for the much-advertised event, Year of Return program in Ghana.

Akon a Senegalese born American singer (music star), record producer, songwriter, and philanthropist showed his delight as he was warmly welcomed by the countrymen.

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Mona Scott-Young

Mona Scott Young an American television producer, entrepreneur, and CEO of a multimedia entertainment company also visited Ghana to celebrate the year of return which has seen Africans in the Diaspora visiting the country.


Jidenna Theodore Mobisson popularly called Jidenna in the music arena is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer born to Nigerian parents is in the list If famous International personalities that visited Ghana for the Year of return initiative.

With him, he applauded the president of the Republic for the initiative.

Ronald Martin

Ronald Martin a substantial journalist joined in the Year of return in 2019.

The Haitian – American Journalist visited the Katkum National Park and other sites of part on his visit to Ghana.

Jay Love

Ghana has seen nothing yet!

In 2019 Jay love an American with big booty caused serious viewer traffic at Kotoka International Airport when she arrived in Ghana for the Year of Return.

Jay Love is an Instagram model and a socialite who doubles as a disk jockey(D.J) and a club host. Her serious A$$ got everybody talking about her on social media.

Haha! Her backside lives in the minds of people.

Jay Z , Beyonce, and Blue Ivy

American rapper Shawn Corey Carter (Jay Z) and Wife Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter known professionally as Beyoncé together with their beautiful actress daughter Ivy Blue (Their first daughter) came to Ghana in the latter part of December, to take part in the Year of return.

The Year of Return has indeed put Ghana on the map.
Well, Let’s see what 2020 holds for Ghana.
If 2019 was declared as Year of Return, what will 2020 be declared as? Have a blissful New Year!!! shall give you an up to date information on every story.


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