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Stevie Wonder Is Now A Ghanaian Citizen- Report

American singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder has now become a Ghanaian citizen.

He arrived in Ghana today and wasted no time in taking the Oath of Allegiance and receiving his Certificate of Citizenship at a ceremony held on Monday, May 13, at Ghana’s Jubilee House, the seat of government.

This significant event signifies Stevie Wonder’s official integration into Ghanaian society, a decision that has been widely celebrated.

The solemn event coincided with Stevie Wonder’s birthday as he marked his 74th birthday today, having been born on Saturday, May 13, 1950.

It comes as no surprise, as three years ago, during an interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, he expressed his intention to relocate to Ghana.

The singer, famous for hits like “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” and “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” cited the political unrest in the US as one of the reasons behind his move.

“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.”

Winfrey then asked, “You’re going to permanently move to Ghana?”

“I am,” replied the singer. He added, “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?”

Mr. Kow Essuman, the legal advisor to President Akufo-Addo, briefed the public on this progress and offered perspective on the unfolding events. In a series of tweets, he said

Stevie Wonder is officially Ghanaian. He has just taken the Oath of Allegiance and received the Certificate of Citizenship by Registration at Jubilee House. Congratulations, Sir and welcome to Ghana.

In a separate tweet, he shared thus:

Stevie Wonder, the latest Ghanaian. Welcome to #Ghana 🇬🇭 and Happy Birthday. Ghanaian citizenship on your birthday. When Heaven smiles on a legend …

Stevie Wonder has achieved remarkable success in terms of record sales, surpassing 100 million copies worldwide.

His exceptional talent has earned him an impressive collection of accolades, including 25 Grammy Awards, the highest number ever received by a male solo artist.

Additionally, he was honoured with an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his contribution to the 1984 film The Woman in Red. Recognized for his immense impact on the music industry, Wonder has been inducted into prestigious institutions such as the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Beyond his musical achievements, he has actively engaged in political activism, notably leading a campaign in 1980 to establish Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday in the United States.

In recognition of his efforts, he was appointed a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2009 and received the esteemed Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

Source – Tru News Report

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