Stevie Wonder embraces Ghanaian citizenship

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Gati Jesse

Published on May 13, 2024

The legendary American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder has been bestowed with Ghanaian citizenship by none other than President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. The news, heralded by a ceremony at the prestigious Jubilee House.

For Stevie Wonder, the decision to embrace Ghanaian citizenship embodies a profound connection to his ancestral roots and a testament to his enduring legacy. In his own words, he expressed a deep sense of belonging, stating, “I guess it’s just the lineage I felt Ghana, I felt my civilization was there and I was there where it began.”

Stevie Wonder

Aside from its personal significance for Stevie Wonder, this moment serves as a symbol of unification and cultural exchange between two countries. The merging of American and Ghanaian citizenships not only honors the complex tapestry of identity, but also demonstrates music’s ability to transcend borders and build links of kindred.

During the ceremony, Stevie Wonder radiated gratitude, acknowledging the honor bestowed upon him with humility and grace. His words, brimming with optimism, echoed a sentiment of renewal and purpose: “I thank all of you so very much. I always say this is the beginning, [the best part of the rest of my life got to do God’s promised].”

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