BACK TO THE MOTHERLAND

In this sequel, Pamela Sakyi explores the steps required for relocating to Ghana, highlighting the testimonies from several Ghanaians in the Diaspora, who have either embarked on, or are considering making the journey themselves. Pamela investigates life in her family's hometown of Berekum and aims to find out what ways she can migrate into the culture and contribute to the community and economy.

The film premiere event was held in London in October 2019. It was endorsed by the Official Year of Return Ghana 2019 events initiative and is part of a host of events, which took place to commemorate the 400th year since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia (https://visitghana.com/events/year-of-return-ghana-2019).

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THE BACK STORY...

After the success of and the positive response from the Ghanaian Diaspora to British Ghanaians: Lost in Translation, I decided to develop the story further. I wanted to take Ortis to Ghana to explore how native Ghanaians can help inspire a revival of Ghanaian language learners within the diaspora, thus keeping the richness and beauty of it's languages alive for generations to come. I wanted to encourage the target audience to recognise the power of language, in preserving one's cultural heritage and maintaining a connection with your culture.

FUNDING UNSUCCESSFUL!

Unfortunately we did not reach our £6,000 goal to fund the original idea for the documentary. I was gutted! However, the vision to make a sequel never left me. During this whole time I was on my own journey of self-discovery. This included learning my mother's language Brong Twi and visiting Ghana to reconnect with my family and learn more about my heritage. In 2018 I decided to use the existing donations and my own finances, towards the production. It was made on a shoestring budget but with a full passionate heart! It also meant that I would not be able to afford to pay Ortis or a production crew, so I set about an independent journey in production and post-production, which was very challenging. 

THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

YEAR OF RETURN (2019)

 

In 2019 the president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo launched the Year of Return initiative to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia. The initiative aimed to encourage African Americans and Africans across the Diaspora to return to visit the Motherland, Ghana. The Year of Return events organisation endorsed the first screening of Back to The Motherland in October 2019.

ORTIS MUST GO!

KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

This was an independent production and so I turned to the crowdfunding route to raise funds for the production. Ortis' mother is Ghanaian and the aim was to further explore his Ghanaian heritage and find out more about language and identity issues in Ghana. 

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Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego became the Executive Producer on Back To The Motherland

after investing in the project, following the unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign. 

Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego’s mission is to create space.

 

“Back to the Motherland is the rallying cry for diasporians to come home. To live in the richness of their diversity, languages and cultures. To return."

 

She is an entrepreneur who is committed to ensuring the digital and film landscape reflects the diversity and richness of black stories. Sabrina is an Executive Producer and Co-Founder of Niche on Demand, a production company where black creativity, culture and capital meets.  Sabrina is Founder/CEO of Build Global a business transformation advisory.

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