“I don’t want to have to see my children’s children’s children say…please value me,” Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder performing at Motown 60. Courtesy Rich Polk.

Motown legend, Stevie Wonder, is moving to Ghana. In an interview with Oprah, the iconic award-winning performer explained his reasons citing racial inequality and recent political upheaval in the United States.

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 In an interview published online, Wonder is heard saying, “I wanna see this nation smile again. And I want to see it before I leave to travel to move to Ghana because I’m going to do that.” He continues answering Oprah’s question about moving permanently, “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?”

Stevie Wonder is not the first American celebrity to taut Africa as a safe haven for black people, Akon is famous for saying, “the system in America was never built for black people. This is my personal opinion, I am speaking for myself. I don’t believe it was ever built for black people…” in an interview with Al Jazeera back in 2015. Akon has since cemented that view by going ahead with plans to build Akon City in Senegal.

Additionally, in January of 2020, actor and rapper Ludacris became a Gabonese citizen. He wasn’t the only one; Samuel L Jackson became a citizen a year before and Tiffany Haddish became a citizen of Eritrea. 

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Stevie Wonder signed to Motown in 1961 and has since won 25 Grammy Awards, an honorary award and has been nominated 74 times.

 

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