Stevie Wonder tells Oprah Winfrey he plans leave the USA for Ghana
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 on her Apple TV+ show The Oprah Conversation in November last year, where he claimed he didn’t want his great-grandchildren to have to ask to be respected and valued by society.
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].’
Decision: Stevie Wonder revealed to Oprah Winfrey he plans to relocate to Ghana amid concerns his great-grandchildren will still be facing systemic racism in the future in the US
‘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?’
Stepping in: 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”‘
Plans: This isn’t the first time the Superstition singer (pictured with Sir Tom Jones in 1989) expressed his desires to move to Ghana, as he said in 1994 that he wanted to do so
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’.
This isn’t the first time the Superstition singer expressed his desires to move to Ghana, as he told the International Association of African American Music in 1994 that he wanted to do so.
At the time, he said that he intended to move with his family to Ghana because ‘there’s more of a sense of community’ in the country compared to America.
Family matters: Stevie shares nine children with five different women (pictured with son Kailand on his 19th birthday in September last year)
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.
Icon: 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 (pictured in the 80s)