YourBlackWorld.net, By Victor Omondi, Posted May 5th 2021
Late last year, legendary singer Stevie Wonder revealed his plans to move to Africa, and that announcement has inspired comedian Dave Chappelle to consider doing the same.
Chappelle, 47, said the whole idea of moving to Africa came to him after the “I Just Called To Say I Love You” singer said part of what motivates him to move to Africa was because he wanted to be in a place where he’d “be valued and respected more.” Chappelle made the revelation while appearing on model Naomi Campbell’s “No Filter With Naomi” podcast for its one-year anniversary episode.
Chappelle said he’s currently focused on his legacy, saying that’s why Africa is beckoning him. “It’s funny, now at this stage of my life and my career, as I’m getting older, I start thinking about a larger picture than just like a show or this, that, or the other,” he said. “I’m in that phase of my career, even though I’m still kind of a young guy, of thinking about a legacy.”
If you love his comedy acts, don’t worry. He’s assured his fans that he still loves comedy, only that he’s focusing on making his craft more meaningful. He said, “All these years later, I still love doing [comedy] but I’d like it to be a little more meaningful than just writing a joke and taking it to market. I want to build something that will last beyond me.”
Chappelle spoke about his plans to move to Africa after Campbell asked him where he’d like to go next, considering he’s visited many countries during his successful career. He didn’t hesitate to point out how Wonder inspired him to think of the Motherland, Africa.
“Stevie Wonder said in the press recently that he wanted to move to Ghana,” Chappelle answered. “Now those of us in the room that know Stevie personally, he’s said this thing many times through the years that we’ve known him. But this last time he said it, what he said, he said ‘I’m moving to Ghana so that I can be valued and respected more.’ This is almost exactly the phrase he used.”
Wonder first made his decision to move to Ghana public in November 2020 while speaking to Oprah on “Oprah Conversations.”