Looking to the Future

But the strongest impact of the Reunion and Homecoming, and the documentary based on them, will likely be to inspire the other eight African “Nations” on Carriacou to reach out to their own lost families in other African countries – such as the Mandinka in Senegal, the Ashanti in Ghana, the Igbo in Nigeria, and the Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and plan other Reunions and Homecomings in the future. One can imagine a diaspora festival on Carriacou every year, during which a different African tribe comes to find its lost family in the Caribbean. That could make Carriacou a great center of African diaspora tourism that people from all over the world will want to visit.

For Sierra Leone, it means for the first time a people from a small ethnic group in Africa would visit their kinfolk on a small island in the Caribbean. But similarly, the strongest impact of the Reunion and Homecoming, and the documentary based on them, will likely be to inspire the other African “Nations” on Carriacou to reach out to their own lost families in other African countries – such as the Mandinka in Senegal, the Ashanti in Ghana, the Igbo in Nigeria, and the Congo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and plan other Reunions and Homecomings in the future. Sierra Leone would be seen as a leader yet again in realizing the vision to have Carriacou link up with her African kin. One can imagine this global exposure, which should not only send a positive image about the country but will increase heritage tourism from the Caribbean to Sierra Leone in the years to come.