The Detroit Free Press headline of March 15, 1974 – almost 47 years ago – was straightforward: “Stevie Wonder Plans to Move to Africa” ​​

The iconic Motown star, who had recently traced his ancestral roots and was launching into the album that became “Songs in the Key of Life”, would continue to speak about his love for Ghana in interviews and press conferences over the decades he has spoken often of his goal of settling in the West African nation – although he never pulled the trigger, instead staying in Los Angeles

So why have Wonder’s aspirations in Ghana suddenly grab the headlines in recent days?

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Since Friday, a host of US entertainment and news sites have posted articles about Wonder and a planned move to Ghana Like others, CNN’s Monday morning article was adamant: “Singer Stevie Wonder moves to Ghana “

The recent wave of attention appears to have been spawned on Twitter last week, via a Ghanaian tech manager who pulled a clip of four-month-old Winfrey’s interview with Wonder for Apple TV

There the great music told Winfrey of his intention to move to Ghana When asked why, he alluded to the state of race and politics in America: “I don’t want to not that my children’s children have to say, ‘Oh, please love me, respect me, know I’m important, please appreciate me’ What kind of (expletive) is -this? “

The clip caught the attention of other Twitter users across Africa and was boosted on Friday by Punch, a Nigerian newspaper. Social media buzz spread on the radar of showbiz journalists in the United States, and the world of digital information has run out of steam

Is it possible that the Ghanaian outlook has accelerated for Wonder this year? Sure In an interview with the Free Press in August, which is part of the USA TODAY network, he spoke of his hopes in Ghana and even noted that he had been talking about it since the 1970s.

He added to the Free Press that the Ghanaian president “allowed me to have land”

He also brought up the topic at a virtual press event in November with music journalists from around the world, as he unveiled new music and his departure from Motown Records

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Stevie Wonder is moving to Ghana? Not so fast

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