Home again: Black Americans relocating to Rwanda

On 8 December 2020 at 04:53

Racial discrimination against black people living in the United States of America has pushed them to seek ways of returning to their homeland where they can enjoy equal rights and unconditional love. The decision was not only taken by black people in USA but also in other countries across the globe.

Rwanda is among other African countries where people are expressing willingness to stay. As of today, Rwanda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports over 100 returnees who have visited the country and expressed willingness to stay.

In is under this background that the Minister of State in charge of the East African Community in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Prof. Nshuti Manasseh has today received 16 returnees of African descent from the USA and other parts of the world who are working to settle and make Rwanda their home.

He assured Rwanda’s readiness to host them and took them through opportunities awaiting them as they settle in Rwanda.

The delegation comprises of experts in education, technology, arts, entrepreneurs from the United States of America, Canada, England and the Caribbean.

Majority of these brothers attribute the decision of abandoning former countries to racial discrimination against them.

Marsha Favis born in California of the United States left the country and is currently living in Rwanda along with her children.

“We didn’t get chance to properly identify ourselves, our origin and live with our homeland communities. There is abusive education to our children abroad. We are not taught that black people are capable. But rather taught that only white people are so. Contrary, we have rights to reach our aspirations here with the presence of role models like President Paul Kagame our children can learn from. The President here is a black person, and so the Minister. Everyone resembles my son,” she said.

“He is very tall yet this arouses problem is the USA. By settling here, he will not be a black man but just a man. I am here a woman not a black woman. Children grow with positive ambitions when they see people resembling them achieving great things,” added Marsha.

Marsha explained that Rwanda is the safe place to heal them of segregation wounds.

She was inspired by the country’s security, visionary leadership under the auspice of President Paul Kagame. She has appreciated and is currently under processes of obtaining nationality.

Marsha share similar ambitions with Imahkus Okofu, another returnee from US who has already started operations in Rwanda.

Nicknamed ‘Mama One Africa’, Okofu was born in New York, USA. She visited African countries including Tanzania, Ghana and Rwanda at different times.

“I never felt at ease during my stay in USA. I fled USA in 1990 over racial discrimination and failing to enjoy equal rights like other nationals,” she said.

“I was not willing to come to Africa before due to ill things spoken about Africa. I regretted by the time I visited Ghana to find different reality. I would have come before,” added Imahkus Okofu.

She explained that Africans would limit their desires to stay in USA if they knew the reality.

Imahkus Okofu has made a decision to spend most of her time in Rwanda, Ghana and Tanzania where she has activities.

As they met with Prof Nshuti, some of the returnees were with children.

Ella Jackson is the daughter of Ellen Jackson and Michel Jackson. The family has made final decision to settle in Rwanda.

“We have spent four months here in Rwanda. It is a better, neat place, well organized and has kind people. In fact, everything here is extremely amazing. I have got new friends and I am getting familiar with the environment gradually. I mostly like to visit Nyamirambo when we are shopping,” said Ella.

Prof Nshuti promised all the necessary support for returnees to get identification documents and meet their goals in Rwanda.

Prof. Nshuti Manasseh in a group photo with 16 returnees of African descent from the USA and other parts of the world who are working to settle and make Rwanda their home.