African-American actor John Amos finds home in Liberia; Says Celebration of 200 Years of Freedom a ‘Blessing’ – FrontPageAfrica


MONROVIA – John Amos, the famous African-American actor, could not vividly describe what it means for black people in the United States of their ancestors’ quest to find freedom and what it means for Liberia to celebrate the 200 years of updating this quest.

In a very emotional voice he said FrontPageAfrica, “I don’t know if I can accurately describe what it means to come home after being deprived of your story, having been deprived of everything you love and know and have been told all your life that you didn’t have a country, you don’t have roots.

He spoke to FrontPageAfrica on arrival at Roberts International Airport over the weekend to kick off the bicentennial celebration. The celebration marks 200 years since freed slaves in the United States of America in their quest for absolute freedom and true identity chose to find a new home in Africa – and the Isle of Providence has become their new home. colony. Their installation on Providence Island in 1821 then led to the political establishment of Liberia as a sovereign nation in 1847.

For Mr. Amos, a frequent visitor to Liberia since the 1970s, this country is his home. “When I did the Roots program, I used my Liberian experience, I used my Liberian love for food, for people, for whatever happened to me to build the character,” he said. -he declares.

He said that although the director of the miniseries tried to prevent him from using the Liberian accent during the making of the miniseries, he insisted that Liberia is a country that truly identifies with the history of freed slaves and gave him personal experience, increased his love for Africa and helped him rediscover himself.

“It’s hard for me to describe how grateful I am, I’m grateful that God saw fit for me to come home once again… I’m so happy to be a part of the celebration, to be able to see it. – 200 years of freedom, thank God, ”he said.

The American actor who also starred in Coming to America 1 & 2 said he was the first in his family to return to Africa to identify with Africans. He has been coming to Liberia since the 1970s and 1980s before the coup.

“I am the first of my family to return to Africa – the very first. All these generations of my family I’m the first to come back and plan to come back again and again and bring my children and grandchildren to know they have a country where they have roots, where they have relationships and people who love them for themselves, ”he said.

The Liberian accent problem

Sharing a hilarious experience that brought him to the brink of death in Liberia in the 1980s, Mr Amos said during his stay in the country at the time, he spoke like a typical Liberian in order to better blend in with the indigenous people.

He said that while he was with a friend drinking beer, a man approached him with a machete, mistaking him for a security guard who had once mistreated him.

“He said, ‘I know you, you’re the same guy who abused me in Bomi Hills, now I’m coming over to take your head.’ According to Amos, he immediately dropped his Liberian accent and started talking like an American, “No, you got the wrong guy.”

He then identified himself using his California driver’s license and identified himself as an actor. The man with the machete immediately recognized him and offered him more beer, he said.

So who is John Amos?

JOhn Allen Amos Jr. (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor best known for his role as James Evans, Sr., in the CBS television series Good time and for his portrayal of the adult Kunta Kinte / Toby in the 1977 miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination. Amos’ other television work includes The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a recurring role for Admiral Percy Fitzwallace in West wing, and the role of Washington, DC, Mayor Ethan Baker in the series The neighborhood. Amos has appeared on Broadway and in numerous films during his five-decade career. It was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a NAACP Image Award. In cinema, he played numerous supporting roles in films such as the master of the beasts (1982), Coming to America (1988), Die hard 2 (1990) and Coming 2 America (2021).

The celebration of the bicentenary

The Year of the Diaspora, Meeting 2021-2022 in collaboration with the commemoration of the bicentenary of the government of Liberia, aims to celebrate the 200 years of this movement. After 40 years of downturn, Liberia is delighted to welcome back Africans in the diaspora. Situated on prime real estate along 360 miles of unbroken coastline and most of the remaining upper Guinean rainforest, Liberia will host the bicentennial celebration by inviting Africans in the diaspora to the greatest meeting ever. It is also an invitation to participate in the reconstruction of the only African nation founded as a refuge for freed blacks around the world.

Comedian Michael Blackson, who recently starred in Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America II, is also set to perform while Rep. Naqueta Ricks, a Liberian representing the US state of Colorado to the state legislature, and Dr Arikana. Chihombori-Quao, former AU Ambassador and CEO of the African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI). Dr Chihombori-Ouao is a diaspora business guru and responsible for the construction of the city of Wakanda 1 in Ghana.

Representative Ricks said the Year of the Diaspora commemorates Liberia’s rich history and importance. “This is also the time to reimagine Liberia’s next 200 years and the investments required to build and establish the Liberia we desire.

From December 2021 to December 2022, the African diaspora of America, the Caribbean, Europe and other countries and continents of the world will storm Liberia for the cultural experience of a lifetime as we celebrate the bicentennial from Liberia. The group will be greeted at the airport with a welcome like no other. Cultural dancers, percussionists and traditional activities will be at the center of their welcome. The next morning will begin with a one-hour service at Providence Baptist Church (the first church built in Liberia, founded by Lott Carey) and a welcome prayer breakfast on Providence Island. After praying for the nation, we will have a traditional Liberian breakfast, followed by a re-enactment of how African Americans came to Liberia and their first meeting with the locals.

This will be followed by weeklong tours to exciting destinations (original settlements and beach concerts featuring top local artists, shopping at select locations, food tastings, etc.) that are sure to sell Liberia to the world as a tourist destination of 2021 / 2022. Amazing activities will include the Heritage Ball where we celebrate the history and culture of Liberia, highlighting the 15 counties and their ethnic groups, a national Christmas party for children in each county, an investment summit, a screening of the film “Providence” with a panel discussion on bridging the gap between Africans and African Americans, Liberians, etc., an evening of humor with comedian Blackson, a traditional christening ceremony, etc. Beach Day in Libassa, and many others. The main activities will culminate with an old-fashioned barbecue / cookout at Wulki Farms with horseback riding, swimming, storytelling, golf, and most importantly, some good old-fashioned meat on the grill.


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