Musical legend Stevie Wonder says he is moving permanently to Ghana where he believes he is better valued and respected, compared to his native United States.
News reports Sunday cited the 22-time Grammy winner as telling Oprah Winfrey last November that he has already decided to move out to Ghana.
“I promise you [America], if you do the right thing, I will give you this song. I will give it to yu. You can have it. Because I wanna see this nation smile again. And I want to see it before I leave to travel to move to Ghana, because I’m going to do that,” Stevie Wonder said on the show The Oprah Conversation.
“You’re gonna move permanently to Ghana?” Oprah Winfrey asked.
To which Stevie Wonder responded: “I am”.
The music legend said moving to Ghana is about finding a better space for his humanity, expressing concerning about his family.
“I don’t want to see my children’s, children’s children have to say ‘oh please like me, please respect me, please known that I am important, please value me’. What is that?,” Stevie Wonder said.
In a 1994 speech to the International Association of African American Music, Stevie Wonder promised to relocate to Ghana, explaining that he believed “there’s more of a sense of community” in Ghana compared to the United States.
Since 1994, the star song writer and singer has visited Ghana several times.
The BBC describes Ghana as the first-choice spiritual home for people of African descent living in the western hemisphere who aim to return to “the motherland”.