On Saturday 17th August 2019 The MMG Foundation hosted its annual Homecoming Gala. The event celebrated the 132nd birthday of The Rt. Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey and The Year of Return Ghana 2019. One of the highlights of the evening was the awarding of Individuals who had made significant contributions to the propagation of Marcus Garvey’s Pan-African ideals.
The first award was a citation for Adudu Seidu Kurabaso popularly known as (REDfyah). He is a Ghanaian singer/Songwriter whom is considered as on of the pioneers of Reggae music in the Gonja Kingdom of northern Ghana. His musical career is marked by blending elements of Reggae music with his native cultural rhythms as well as forging a smooth and distinctive vocal and singing style.
An Honorary Award was posthumously given to Minion Phillips also known as Wolete Tsion (19.10.1949-17.09.2018). Sister Minie, as she was affectionately known, was a renowned restaurateur. In 1998, as a member of the Saville African Ancestors committee she worked with the Ghanaian government to organise and accompany to Ghana the remains of an enslave African, Lady Crystal, who had been brought to Jamaica more than three hundred and sixty years ago. The remains were handed over to the Ghanaian government and buried in Assin Manso, Central Region, during the country’s first Emancipation Day Celebrations in July 1998. She was given the title of Nana Essie Boah I, Development Queen Mother of Assin Manso. Her efforts Signified the ‘Great Homecoming’ of all Africans from the Diaspora. It was her prophetic efforts that paved the way for Africans in the Diaspora to claim, ‘The Right to return’. The Award was collected by the surrogate Queen Mother, Ms Ama Mawusi .
An Honorary Award was also posthumously given to The Great Fela Anikulapo Kuti. (15.10.1938-02.08.1997). Fela Kuti was a Nigerian Mulit-Instrumentalist, musician, Composer, pioneer of Afro-Beat music genre and human rights activist. At the hight of his popularity, he was referred to as one of Africa’s most Challenging and charismatic musical performers. Since Fela’s passing in 1997, there has been a revival of his influence in music and popular culture. Culminating in another re-release of his catalogue. Fela Kuti is remembered as an influential icon who was brave enough to boldly voice his opinions on matters that affected Africans and promote pan Africanism through his music.
An Honorary Award was given to Dr Obadele Bakari Kambon. Dr Kambon completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Ghana in 2012, winning the prestigious vice chancellor’s award for the best PhD Thesis in the humanities. He also won the 2016 Provost’s publications award for the best article in the college of humanities. He is a senor Research fellow and head of languages, literature and drama section of the institute of African studies at the University of Ghana. Dr Kambon is currently editor-in-chief of the Ghana Journal of Linguistics as well as secretary of the African Studies Association. His website is www.obadelekambon.com. In December 2016, he became a full citizen of Ghana and was instrumental in the historic restoration of Ghanaian citizenship to thirty-four Africans of the Diaspora. In July 2017 he was enstooled as the Ban Mu Kyidomhene of Akuapem Mampong. He is married to Kala and has three children Ama , Kwaku and Akosua.
The final Honorary Award of the night went to Ahmed Abubakar popularly known as BLAKK RASTA. BLAKK RASTA is a Ghanaian renown international Reggae musician, radio presenter and lecturer of African studies, African History and world religion with enormous influence. He has released more than a dozen albums in his career to date. Blakk Rasta’s was introduced to Reggae music by Nigerian Reggae superstar Ras Kimono, who he met in 1993. He is currently introducing a new reggae sound and innovation known as KUCHOKO which is basically reggae infused with indigenous African dances, sounds and instruments.