As part of the ‘Year of Return’ initiative, there have been many celebrities of African heritage in outside Ghana who have been tripping to the Motherland.
One of Hollywood’s favourite, Samuel L. Jackson who visited the former Gold Coast land on a mission to shoot an African documentary did a few things some people find “offensive” during his trip.
L. Jackson who shared pictures of the places he visited, in relation to the ‘Documentary on Slavery’ that the actor is partaking in, is starting to ‘cause trouble.’
Some people took to social media to caution the actor on sharing pictures that show only really uncomfortable scenes in the motherland, rather than showing the good lives people live and really beautiful locations.
Ghanaian movie producer and director, Leila Djansi, however did not find the African-American Actor’s ‘showcase’ about Ghana that appropriate. She shared on social media.
“Go to youtube and look for vlogs that show a real balanced Ghana and other African countries. @samuelljacksonhas an agenda not different from Western bullshitary. They always have to portray Africa as down trodden, hustling kids, laborers and less than appealing perceptions to keep us down and keep investors away. I can understand why he’d buy into the Western propaganda. Ghana is very modern and beautiful. Yes, there are rural communities entrenched in rich culture and traditions that preserve the dignity of the African. But just as America doesn’t use it’s ghettos as it’s poster child, these photos should not be used to represent Ghana or any other African country. Don’t for once think you’re better than these kids. None of them are on welfare, they’re not entitled, and they’re not being raped or have to fear assault rifles in their schools. There are problems in the country- terrible healthcare, corrupt politicians etc. just like any other country. But before you feel sorry for Africa, first, feel guilt. Because the continent was raped and robbed to make America and other Western powers great via slavery and colonization.”
Award winning Ghanaian Fashion and Celebrity blogger, Ameyaw Debrah questioned Samuel L. Jackson on these comments;
@SamuelLJackson Hello Sir, how are you doing? I’ve seen growing concerns from Africans about you not balancing your posts on your visit with some of developed city life also. Can I interview you on that?”
“There’s nothing to unload here. I posted what caught my eye & know all too well that the posts coming from the continent show an affluent, modern & high fashion lifestyle enjoyed by many. Who cares what my hotel room looked like?!” L. Jackson replied.
Another Twitter user – BabyFisty – caught the attention of the actor with a tweet:
“Yes..i went to check his tweets and Instagram pics i was like how about taking a photo at that grand hotel you slept in posting it online. I dunno why they do that always. Always sending the wrong signals to the west”
The actor replied:
“Seriously? “They”?! Apparently you have the ability to open our eyes… so Do It!! Sorry you feel… whatever it is you feel. For the record, I Loved Every Minute I Was There!!!!”