The mission of the Fihankra Land Development Project is to reunite African-Americans with the motherland by providing the unique opportunity to acquire free land for building a home or conduct a business. Fihankra will assist in every step of the process.
Fihankra International is giving away free land. Fihankra International is a historic movement that aims to reconnect the continent of Africa with its Diasporas. Fihankra is committed to learning from the past to construct a strong cultural and economic foundation for the future.
Fihankra is the name of the Adinkra symbol which represents the floor plan of the Akan house. The word fihankra has multiple meanings: "when leaving home no goodbyes were said"; and "a home which is safe.” Fihankra International is a cooperative effort by African chiefs (kings) of Ghana and Africans to encourage the return and resettlement of Africa's scattered peoples.afe
Symbols of Fihankra include a sacred hand-carved stool and animal skin "which can be compared to the traditional throne of other peoples and nations. These artifacts reaffirm the cultural and spiritual ties between Africans and diasporans.
All descendents of African heritage who were born in another country (as a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade) are entitled to free land. The giving of this gift of land is a part of a ritual to atone for the misdeeds of ancestral rulers who helped to sustain the slave trade initiated by European powers in the 15th century. To this end, a U.S. born custodian was appointed. The late Nana Kwadwo Oluwale Akpan (pictured above) established a International Council of Elders to administer the affairs of Fihankra International. The Council was granted over 30,000 acres of land in the Akwamu Traditional Area near the great Volta River in the nation of Ghana, West Africa, to establish the Fihankra Community Land Development Project. The capitol city of Accra is the nearest large city. The Accra International Airport and Tema (Ghana’s major sea port) are also nearby.
The goals of Fihankra International are as follows:
• To assist members of the African diaspora to acquire land and facilitate economic planning and development or model communities in Africa and the diaspora;
• To promote trade, tourism and investment; and
• To facilitate cultural exchange.
In 1995, members of the International Council of Elders visited seven American cities (Akron, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.). Symbolically, a traditional stool and skin were ceremoniously purified by African chiefs to atone (apologize) for their ancestors’ role in the slave trade. The purpose of these celebrations is to rekindle the relationship between Africans and Diasporas. This was based on the belief that free land would attract people of African descent from around the world to take advantage of this unique opportunity—to live and invest in an African community. There are many opportunities to provide goods and services to Ghana’s expanding tourist industry.
The Fihankra Community Land Development Project offers the opportunity to acquire and develop portions of the 30,000 acres of land. Sections of the area have been reserved for residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural development. The land is free to those who want to relocate or invest in Ghana. Construction has already begun in the residential segment with homes, schools, clinics, shopping malls and offices. The newest addition is a birthing center.
After the demise of Nana Kwadwo Akpan, the first Fihankrahene, in 2008, leadership of the Fihankra International was entrusted to Queen Mother, Nana Lucile Williams. Doctors, teachers, engineers, building tradesmen/women, farmers, artists, entrepreneurs, social service workers, counselors, young people and active retirees are encouraged to share their skills and resources. Fihankra cooperates with other organization with similar goals and objectives. An annual festival is held in the city of Detroit, Michigan, to celebrate the unity of Africans worldwide. Additionally, Fihankra periodically sponsors tours to Ghana or cooperates with other agencies to provide tours. It provides information and counseling in the areas of travel, investment, residency, citizenship, business, student exchange programs, literacy, language classes and more.
In 1997, African-Americans owned 2000 homes in Ghana. Today, according to the Ghana Embassy, nearly 20,000 African-Americans own homes in Ghana. This tremendous growth in home ownership demonstrates a steady migration of diasporas making the move to Ghana.