American filmmaker Shelton Jackson, better known as Spike Lee, has arrived in Ghana ahead of US Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to the West African country. The movie producer and director arrived in Ghana on Sunday, March 27, and is reportedly part of the Vice President’s creative arts team.
Lee was welcomed by the Beyond The Return team and the CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) Kwesi Agyeman at Kotoka International Airport. The Beyond The Return team shared a video of the actor, who was welcomed by traditional dancers and fans.
The Director of the Beyond The Return secretariat, Annabelle Renee, who was also present at the airport, expressed her excitement about Lee’s arrival, saying, “The last time we met, I told him I was about to move to Ghana. That was in 2018. Now he’s here in Ghana, and I got to welcome him at the airport. This really is amazing, and I continue to be happy that more African Americans are making the trip to connect with Ghana.”
Spike Lee is an award-winning filmmaker and actor known for exploring race relations, issues within the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues in his work. Some of his notable films include Malcolm X, Da 5 Bloods, BlacKkKlansman, and Inside Man, among others.
Lee’s visit to Ghana ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris’ trip is significant, as it highlights the growing interest among African Americans in exploring their roots and cultural heritage in Africa. It is also a reflection of Ghana’s efforts to position itself as a premier destination for tourism, investment, and cultural exchange.