by Muthoni Kimani
February 23, 2021
Stevie Wonder has declared with absolute resolve that he is moving to Ghana to live out the rest of his days.
The 22-time Grammy winner said he has grown weary of America's infuriating and mystifying unwillingness to accept all of its citizens equally.
Wonder, 70, whom most R&B artists and even pop singers revere as a source of inspiration for decades, surprised Oprah Winfrey during a recent episode of "Oprah Conversations" when he said that once he makes that move to the Motherland, he will not be coming back.
He clarified; "I promise you [America], if you do the right thing, I will give you this song. I will give it to you. You can have it because 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."
Oprah asked; "You're gonna move permanently to Ghana?" the talk show host asked, seeking clarity.
"I am," said the "Higher Ground" singer who first exploded onto the scene in the 1960s with Motown.
Stevie added; "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?" he asked.
This is not the first time the musician has referred to Ghana as the destination he anticipates escaping from the United States. In a 1994 speech to the International Association of African American Music, he promised to relocate to Ghana because he believed "there's more of a sense of community." He has also visited the West African nation a handful of times.