A called meeting was held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at the Executive Mansion, Republic of Liberia with prominent members of the government and foreign dignitaries including, Ambassador Danquah from Ghana, Chief Zanzan Kawor, Head, National Traditional Council of the Republic of Liberia, Atty. J. Adams Manobah, Sr. Chairman of the Liberia Land Authority, Rev. M. Emmanuel Nimely, Religious Advisor to the President, Cllr. Moses Seruba, etc. to discuss the State of African Diaspora which was recognized in 2018 by the African Union (AU) with the purpose of establishing a safe haven for people of color whose forefathers were taken into slaver over 400 years ago.
Africans in the diaspora have seen the need to return to their lineage, integrate and invest their life’s savings among their brothers and sisters wherein, they will not be marginalized because of their color. Plans are already underway to build a city in Grand Bassa County with the proposed name: “The Return City.”
Considering the historicity of Liberia and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its effects on Liberia and the entire Continent, Atty. J. Adams Manobah, Sr., Chairman of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA) welcomed the idea and sees it timely, but needing proper planning in line with the Land Rights Law in order to avoid disenchantment between land owners and those receiving parcels of lands either through purchase or as a gift. Also, Chairman Manobah disclosed that the Liberia Land Authority is willing to open a Diaspora Desk at the Authority to work along with government Ministries, Agencies, Chiefs, and the Diaspora Team who are expected to be in country from December 17th – 23rd, 2022 for assessment.
Reported By: Emmanuel Chedeh Davis - Communication & Outreach Officer, LLA