VIP guests attended events chaired by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, the architect of the plan to boost tourism and diversify the country’s economy through reaching out to its diaspora, while guests took part in conferences, festivities and trips across the country to discover its unique and sobering heritage.
It’s 400 years since the first African slaves were taken from countries like Ghana to mainland America, marking the start of the trans-Atlantic slave trade route. This timing is based on the first recorded landing of a ship carrying Africans in Virginia in August 1619.
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To Experience a Slave Dungeon: _______ “There were no Jamaicans here, no Trinidadians were here, we were one people.” _______ “Our ancestors were the people that refused death. You are the products of the people that refused to die!” _______ On this day, the beginning of “Black History Month” I reflect on our time at the Cape Coast Slave Castle in Accra Ghana built in 1652—why this abomination of a place is called a castle is beyond me—100 of us spent approx. 10 mins in a slave dungeon meant for 200 captives, those uncomfortable minutes felt like an eternity and yet we knew that our time in that room was limited. Imagine what it must have been like for a captive who had no sense of when he or she would be let out. Many died in these dungeons that you see in this video. _______ I will share additional videos from our time at the castle and time with the Rabbi at various points in this month. _______ The resilience of our people after all we’ve endured is a testament to our greatness. Never make any apologies for your right to share space on this planet. #BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryYear #FullCircleFestival #Accra #Ghana #SlaveCastle #BlackPower #OneAfrica #yearofreturn #yearofreturn2019
“Every person of color needs to get on this pilgrimage,” said actor and co-organizer Boris Kodjoe who is of Ghanaian descent. “They need to experience this journey and get in touch with their emotional heritage, walk through the dungeons and see the ‘door of no return,’” he told CNN.
Marketing rockstar Bozoma Saint John — who has a series of marketing coups like Beyonce’s halftime Super Bowl show under her belt — worked with Kodjoe, inviting 100 of the most influential members of the African diaspora to party with them at the festival over Christmas and New Year.
Saint John says that returning members of the diaspora can expect joy on their trip to Ghana as well as moments of solemnity. Skyscrapers and restaurants feature prominently in her promotional material.