President Akufo-Addo confers Ghanaian citizenship on Stevie Wonder

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The Ghanaian citizenship has been granted to American singer, producer, and composer Stevie Wonder by President Akufo-Addo.

Stevie Wonder, who presently resides in Ghana with his family, will now own dual citizenship—that of the US and Ghana.

On Monday, May 13, Wonder’s 74th birthday, Akufo-Addo praised Wonder and stated that his name is associated with innovation during a small ceremony held at Jubilee House in Accra.

“I am glad he has decided to make Ghana his home, and thereby join several generations of African diasporans who committed their lives to us – missionaries, policemen, lawyers, doctors, health workers, writers, artists, musicians – and the likes of George Padmore, close associate of our first president, Kwame Nkrumah; Bob Marley’s widow, Rita, who has found a home with us in Aburi; Maya Angelou, a contemporary of mine at the University of Ghana, Legon, the celebrated writer who spent a considerable part of her youth with us; and W E B DuBois, the great scholar who also found a home in Ghana, and is buried here,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Wonder said: “I first of all give all praise to God. Since I was a little boy, I always believed in my heart that there was nothing impossible, that the Spirit of Our God is the highest.”

“And for years since about 1972, I have talked about coming to Ghana to work on tsetse fly and sleeping blindness … I have talked about Ghana throughout my years.

“And for now over 50 years I have talked about being a citizen of this country,” he said.

It just so happens that today is also Stevie Wonder’s 74th birthday; he was born on Saturday, May 13, 1950.

Stevie Wonder, whose real name is Stevland Hardaway Morris, is well-known across the world for being a talented musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer.


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