Mr Momodou C Joof, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & Culture shared the recent announcement of the Roots Homecoming Festival 2016 dates, May 6-13, Banjul, Gambia, West Africa with Mr. Tombong Saidy, Roots Committee Member & former Ambassador to Washington D.C.

gambia rootsThe Ministry of Tourism and Culture invites the African Diaspora and all persons committed to the social and economic development of Africa to come home to The Gambia “where the mystic never ends”. The Tourism & Culture Ministry promises visitors a warm welcome from ‘the smiling coast,’ where the endless pristine beaches and culture lures them to participate in the 12th edition of the International Roots Festival. The Roots Homecoming Festival will take visitors on a memorable journey into their historical, cultural self, one which will bring a lifetime of memories. 

Kitty J. Pope, publisher of African Diaspora is among the Official Roots promoters in the USA.  The Jamaica Promotion team to include Mutabaruka, Olimatta Taal, Isis Miller, Sharon Parris-Chambers and Sizzla Kalonji are planning to chart direct airline flight(s) to accommodate Diaspora visitors from the Caribbean, USA and Central & Latin America.

The permanent secretary said that letters are going out to promoters and media around the world. They are planning a blockbuster event and anticipate larger Diaspora groups for 2016. Please stay tuned to official announcements, which will be placed in conventional media, as well as, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and other Social Media.