Could the Love & Hip Hop franchise be expanding to a new continent? While the jury may still be out on if that would ever or happen or not, one thing is for certain: it seems like the franchise’s creator, Mona Scott-Young, wants to expand her business ventures into the country.
‘The Year of the Return’ in Ghana
Several African Americans have been in Ghana this year (more specifically this week for the “Year of the Return.” In September 2018, Ghanian president Nana Akufo-Addo was in Washington, D.C. and declared 2019 “The Year of Return,” for Africans in the Diaspora to come to Ghana and “unite” with their African brothers and sisters.
“We know of the extraordinary achievements and contributions they [Africans in the diaspora] made to the lives of the Americans, and it is important that this symbolic year—400 years later—we commemorate their existence and their sacrifices,” the president said at the time.
Mona Scott-Young’s recent time in Ghana
Scott-Young was in Ghana while many people out of the African diaspora were also in the country. While the businesswoman and creative said she was there on holiday, she also used the time to meet with business owners and the media. The Love & Hip Hop maestro’s time in the country comes after Cardi B, arguably the most popular and successful modern artist to ever be on Love & Hip Hop, was also there recently.
“Although I am here in Ghana on holiday, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to engage and meet with local business owners and media as I plan on expanding to the Africa content very soon. I’m looking forward to tasting the food of Ghana, listening to the music and meeting as many people as possible. I also recently conducted a DNA test through AfricanAncestry to discover my true African heritage so to be here at this time with my family and knowledge of my roots, is truly wonderful,” Scott-Young said at an event she hosted.
Yandy Smith of Love & Hip Hop: New York was also at the event in Ghana. Per GhanaWeb, Scott-Young will be in Ghana until Jan. 3.
What would a new Scott-Young series look like?
While we can all imagine the opportunities and what they’d look like, it is unlikely that a Love & Hip Hop series would come out of Africa, although it can’t be ruled out.
Despite the polarizing reception to some of the content she produces, there is no doubt about it that Scott-Young is a prolific content creator. Perhaps she could create content out of Ghana along the lines of other shows such as the business-oriented Money. Power. Respect. Regardless, folks will be closely following along and watching.
Love & Hip Hop: New York airs Monday nights on VH1.