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In 1962, Maya Angelou, passing through Accra with her son, tried the experience of “returning” to Africa. At the time, Ghana, led by Kwame Nkrumah, fought for the emancipation of the black continent and looked like a “promised land” in the eyes of black Americans in search of their roots. The experience is proving difficult for many members of the diaspora, unable to communicate with Ghanaians and hurt by their indifference or mistrust. Maya, who finds a job and learns the fanti, notably meets Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and WEB Du Bois during her stay. In 1964, more combative than ever, she took a plane ticket to America.


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