Legendary American singer, Stevie Wonder, has hinted at relocating to Ghana permanently to escape racism.
He disclosed this during his recent appearance on the Oprah Winfrey series ‘The Oprah Conversation’.
According to the hitmaker, he is tired of racial injustice in America and he can’t watch his great-grandchildren beg for respect and value.“I want to see the nation smile again, and I want to see it before I move to Ghana,” he told Oprah. “I’m going to do that. I’m going to move permanently to Ghana.”
“Because I don’t want to see my children’s children’s children’s have to say ‘Oh please, like me. Please respect me. Please value me. What kind of sh*t is that?”
He added: “I want the world to get better. I want us to get beyond this place. I want us all to go to the funeral of hate. That’s what I want.”
“You’re gonna move permanently to Ghana?” the talk show host asked for clarity. The critically acclaimed musician responded with an additional, “I am”, making the case that his decision to move had to do with finding a better space for his humanity. He also expressed concern about his family.
“I don’t want to see my children’s, children’s children have to say ‘oh please like me, please respect me, please know that I am important, please value me’. What is that?,” he asked.
This is not the first time the musician has referred to Ghana as the destination he anticipates escaping from the United States to. In a 1994 speech to the International Association of African American Music, he promised to relocate to Ghana because he believed “there’s more of a sense of community.” He has also visited the West African nation a handful of times.
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