The slave dungeon at the Ghana's Cape Coast Castle: President

Obama has requested a tour of the site, that witnessed so many

unspeakable horrors during the years of the slave trade.

 

 

My Joy, Ghana

In Ghana, Obama 'Will Cry' for Africa

 

"The dungeons where the slaves were kept and the 'journey-of-no-return' that they were forced to experience were more than hell. Despite the scrubbing and use of detergents, the stench of dead bodies, blood stains and human excreta remain When President Obama sees these things he will definitely 'cry,' and this must be translated into a 'Marshall Plan for Africa."

 

By Christian Agubretu

 

July 3, 2009

 

Ghana - My Joy - Original Article (English)

An African slave as dipicted in the book 'Africa and its Explorations as Told by its Explorers,' by Mungo Park, 1907. The author hopes that after President Obama visits Ghana's Cape Coast Castle, one of the most notorious points of emarkation for African slaves, he will be more disposed to a 'Marshall Plan for Africa' as a form of compensation for slavery and colonialism.

 

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One of the greatest historical events ever to occur in Ghana will be the august visit of U.S. President Barrack Obama. On the airwaves and the newspapers, one can already discern the warm and rousing welcome that awaits and that will reflect legendary Ghanaian hospitality.

 

The visit means so much to Ghanaians and the whole of Africa - and one cannot understate the social and economic benefits that at the same time, will serve one of the purposes for which America stands.

 

President Obama will not be the first American leader to visit Ghana. President William Jefferson Clinton visited in March 1998, and described the crowd that welcomed him in Accra as the largest he had seen in his entire political career.

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Clinton's successor, President George W. Bush, visited Ghana in February 2008 and has never regretted setting foot on Ghanaian soil. But President Obama's visit portends to be more hilarious and significant, since as the first Black American President, he has chosen Ghana as his first official destination on the continent of Africa.

 

Even more than when he was candidate on campaign, Obama fever has caught on with Ghanaians, with euphoria and jingles conquering the airwaves.

 

Many glamorous events are planned during his visit. One of the most significant will be a visit to the Cape Coast Castle, the main slave trading fort back when Ghana was a British colony. According to Information Minister Mrs. Zita Okaikoi, it was President Obama who sought to visit the Cape Coast Castle - and the government of Ghana of course will honor his request.

 

It speaks volumes for an American President to specifically choose to visit the Cape Coast Castle, where hundreds of thousands of slaves were transported to the New World.

 

 

The repercussions that followed America's discovery by Amerigo Vespucci turned the fortunes of America and Africa. The Black man was considered hardy and able to withstand the vagaries of American weather to work on plantations - tobacco, tea, maize and other crops - to feed Europe and America.

 

Amerigo Vespucci (March 9, 1454-February 22, 1512) was an Italian explorer, navigator and cartographer. The American continent derives its name from the feminized Latin version of his first name.

 

The slave trade demonstrated man's inhumanity to man, leading to the depopulation of Africa and population of America, increasing agricultural production there through the slave labor that eventually facilitated industrialization in the country.

 

More than this article can portray, President Obama himself knows the history, so one needn't mention that sordid past, as it could be considered unpleasant to such an august visitor. Americans are probably more informed about the Cape Coast Castle than many Ghanaians. Nevertheless, the slave trade remains indelibly imprinted within the minds of Africa's people.

 

Clearly, the dungeons where the slaves were kept and the "journey-of-no-return" that they were forced to experience were more than hell. Despite the scrubbing and use of detergents, the stench of dead bodies, blood stains and human excreta still remain. Again, one can see the finger and toe marks on the walls where slaves in chains struggled to breathe. It was a horror that history cannot erase. But all the same - Blacks and Whites have managed to coexist peacefully as creatures of God.

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Every year, tourists, particularly African-Americans who attend the Pan African Festival in Ghana, break down in tears when they come to understand the conditions that fellow human beings went through in the process of transporting them from the West coast of Africa across the Atlantic to America and other parts of the world.

 

On one occasion after Professor Kofi Anyidoho, a poet and a former lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, had conducted some tourists through the dungeons, many broke down in tears. One of them said: "These are things we read about in books back in the United States and try to brush aside, but one cannot fail to appreciate what our forefathers went through."

 

When President Obama sees these things he will definitely "cry," and this must be translated into a "Marshall Plan for Africa" to salvage her from the dependency that arose out of the slave trade, colonialism and neo-colonialism.

   

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Boobab, Nigeria: If Obama Comes to Nigeria, 'I Will Stone Him'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Posted by WORLDMEETS.US July 5, 9:15pm]