Nana Rita Marley Recognized as Honorary Ghanaian Citizen
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.”