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Nana Rita Marley Recognized as Honorary Ghanaian Citizen

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August 5, 2013
Source: 2012 Magnolia Pictures
Nana Rita Marley (widow of celebrated musician Bob Marley) was officially recognized as an honorary citizen of Ghana on Friday, August 2, 2013, at this year’s PANAFEST/Emancipation Day celebration in Ghana’s capital city of Accra.The celebration was held at Ghana’s premiere resort, La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in the city center.  The event marked the 50th Anniversary of the Organization of African Unity as well as the 50th Anniversary of the death of the forerunner for Pan-African thought, Dr. W.E.B. Dubois.  The joint celebrations focused on African freedom and continental unity.

Nana Rita Marley (born Rita Anderson in Cuba) has lived and created music in Jamaica and America, and has resided in Ghana for over 20 years.  Her music and musical influence spread messages of love, hope, celebration, community and overcoming hardship.
In Ghana, Mrs. Marley has been involved in the creation and development of many charity projects and organizing the popular ‘Africa Unite’ concerts.

The honor bestowed on Marley was praised by many, including Her Excellency Dr. Erieka Bennett, Head of Mission of the African Union’s Diaspora Africa Forum, who stated, “We are thrilled to see the Ghana Government recognizing 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.”

Ghana’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, Ambassador Kwesi Quartey, said of Rita Marley, “Indeed [she] continues to leverage her unique name recognition to showcase Ghana and talk up Ghana’s pan-Africanist role and tourism potential at every opportunity.”

It is because of these contributions that the Ghanaian government has chosen Nana Marley for this honor.


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