Stevie Wonder has revealed he plans on moving to Ghana over concerns about systemic racism in the USA. The singer, 70, spoke candidly with Oprah Winfrey, where he claimed he didn't want his great-grandchildren to have to ask to be respected and valued by society. Read more about his plans below!
Speaking a few days after the US Election, but before the results were revealed, he reflected:
'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]. I want to 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 if he meant he was going to 'move permanently' to Ghana, and Stevie confirmed that was the case. Of his reasoning, he explained:
'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?'
Stevie added that he believed life in the USA had become 'more dangerous than ever before', as the country had 'allowed love to go out and negativity to come in'.
He told the International Association of African American Music in 1994 that he wanted to move to Ghana. At the time, he said that he intended to move with his family because 'there's more of a sense of community' in the country compared to America.
Stevie has nine children with five different women, Stevie shares daughter Aisha Morris, now 46, and son Keita, 44, with Yolanda Simmons, and son Mumtaz Morris, 38, with Melody McCulley. He also shares daughter Sophia and Son Kwame with a woman whose name has not been disclosed publicly, and sons Kailand and Mandla with his second ex-wife Kai Millard Morris. The singer shares daughter Nia with his wife Tomeeka Robyn Bracy, while they also share another child whose name and gender has not been disclosed publicly.
Stevie began his career as an 11-year-old and later used his 1980 song Happy Birthday to campaign for MLK Jr.'s anniversary to be made a national holiday, and he has since become one of America's most iconic musicians.
Source: Daily Mail