The Jamaican Observer is reporting that Rita Marley, widow of pop icon Bob Marley, was made an honorary citizen of Ghana on August 1, which is the country’s Emancipation Day.
The author writes that Dr. Erieka Bennett, Head of Mission for the African Union’s Diaspora Africa Forum said:
“We are thrilled to see the Ghana government recognising the tremendous contribution Nana Rita has made to Ghana socially as well as economically. This is a historical day for those of us from the Diaspora.”
Rita Marley has lived in Ghana for nearly 20 years and has been involved in organizing Africa Unite concerts. The author adds:
“Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, Ghana’s deputy minister of foreign affairs and regional integration, agreed: ‘Indeed Mrs. Rita Marley continues to leverage her unique name recognition to showcase Ghana and talk up Ghana’s pan-Africanist role and tourism potential at every opportunity,’ he said.”
Marley will receive a Ghanaian passport.