Stevie Wonder to move to Ghana permanently because of racism in the US

Musician said he doesn’t want his descendants to have to say ‘please respect me, please value me’

Ellie Harrison
Thursday 25 February 2021 15:22 GMT
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Stevie Wonder has confirmed he will be moving to Ghana permanently in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The “Superstition” singer has mentioned his intentions of relocating to Ghana for years, but appears to be finally set on making the move.

Speaking in a recent interview with Winfrey, Wonder said: “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.”

When Winfrey asked if Wonder was permanently moving to Ghana, he replied: “I am. 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?”

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On Martin Luther King Day earlier this year, Wonder posted a recorded video message to Twitter, in which he recalled meeting the activist at the age of 14. “I want you to know that I am thankful for how you influenced my place of love, which allowed me to try to push the needle of love and equality forward,” he said.

“It is painful to know that needle has not moved one iota. For 36 years, we’ve had a national holiday honouring your birthday and principles, yet you would not believe the lack of progress. It makes me physically sick. I am sick of politicians trying to find an easy solution to a 400-year problem.”

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