Dr. Jacqueline Lawrence, CEO of Heiress Productions, Inc., visited Ghana, Africa for the first time during The Year of the Return, the 400th year since the first slave ship docked in Virginia, in 2019, to attempt to get to the root of the heart of her people in Africa so she could better understand those of African descent not only in Africa, but those in America and throughout the diaspora. Contrary to popular belief, people of Africa can be quite industrious, entrepreneurial-minded, extremely kind, respectful, and hospitable. They seemed to work out their issues through open communication until they came to an understanding. Due to the fact that in many African nations, females are considered to be less important than men, unfortunately, many lack educational opportunities, and the opportunity to access the worldwide web, making it difficult for them to compete with global society. As most of us can imagine, many of the conveniences (toilets, paved roads, inside markets, computers, clean water, etc.) some of us throughout the diaspora are fortunate enough to enjoy, are often lacking in Africa.
Although many Africans perceive diasporic blacks and others as being rich, and as their only hope for prosperity, and will frequently even outwardly ask for money, Dr. Lawrence believes it is best to help Africans to prosper by teaching them to fish as opposed to giving them fish, so that they will be self-sustained. It is our goal, therefore, to urge not only Africans, but those of African descent all over the world to be empowered to become prosperous by providing conferences to help them: