NEW YORK — Mayor-elect Eric Adams will head to Ghana Monday evening for a “spiritual journey” he likened to President Barack Obama’s excursion there in 2009, despite a worsening Covid-19 outbreak around the globe.
“My ancestors came over here in the bottom of slave ships,” Adams told reporters Monday, following an unrelated event in Brooklyn. “And 400 years later, I’m the mayor of one of the most important cities in New York.
“I’m going there to pray. I’m going there to do some spiritual cleansing that’s there,” he added. “The people of Ghana, just like Obama when he ran for president, they’re waiting for me to go.”
Spokesperson Evan Thies said the incoming New York mayor will return from his overseas vacation on Dec. 8, and described it as a family trip without government or political staff.
Just hours before Adams confirmed his trip, which was first reported by the New York Post, he joined outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio for a City Hall