When the Ghanian President begins his official state visit to Guyana, there is a small Ghanian group in Guyana that will welcoming him also.
One of the persons who will be at the forefront is Fatu Gbedema, who is a Ghanian national who has found herself calling Guyana home over the years.
Ms. Gbedema first came to Guyana in 1996 to work at the local UN office. She spent two years, furthered her studies in the US then returned to Guyana for a consultancy job.
Over the past two decades she has found herself between Ghana and Guyana and so for her, the visit of the Ghanian President is a dream becoming reality. She said Guyana should be able to learn from many of the lessons of Ghana in the oil and gas sector.
“We have to unite and join forces and we have to become strategic. As you may know, Ghana has been involved in oil and gas management a little much earlier and they made a few mistakes and there are lessons to be learned and those lessons could be shared with Guyana”, she said.
In an interview with News Source, she explained that Guyana and Ghana share a lot in common and the President’s visit is part of his renewal tour to the Caribbean.
“This year marks 400 years since the first set of enslaved Africans were brought to the Americas and the President of Ghana is doing a tour since declaring this year the year of return. It’s all because there has really been a disconnect”.
She explained that the visit will cater for more than just cultural and economic benefits, but will also serve as an awakening of the ties between Guyana and Africa, adding that “we need to bring a lot of heritage and a lot of culture to Afro Guyanese…to me it is spiritual. Slavery took a lot from black people and stripped a lot from them”.
The official explained that over the years, some Ghanians have come to Guyana and some abroad have even traced their family connections to Guyana and other parts of the Caribbean.