The Black History Told- 400 Years Of Slavery

The diverse cultures of Africa is one worth exploring to understand the people’s way of life beyond the Western media portrayals. This opens one to the uniqueness of the different cultures and their utility for future development. Cultural immersion through inter-regional trade is the future of Africa’s growth and development. Thus, I have been intrigued about my own role in promoting or using culture to foster inter-regional trade and boost development on the continent.

 

It was with such pleasure I received an invitation from two amazing tourists from Nigeria who truly wanted to understand the historical and contemporary developments in Ghana, and the values we hold and cherish dearly. They requested to tour places of historical significance.

 

The tour which lasted for a week saw us explored the beautiful colonial history of Accra and Cape Coast with a modern lens. Indeed, it is worth noting that the similarities between Ghana and Nigeria are intertwined within the various facets of our socio-culture components such as music, dance, food and language, with specific reference to (Pidgin).

The tour saw us exploring the capital city of Ghana with visits to the British and Dutch colonial town popularly called, Jamestown. It is also well-touted for its famous ‘Chale Wote’ festival celebrated annually. As well as, the mausoleum for the first Prime Minister of Ghana, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, and through the Accra crafts and arts centre to the Black Star Square, giving the revellers a thorough ‘Accra experience’.

 

The tourists also attended the 3rd ‘Made in Ghana Fair” which assembled some of the established local brand names from Fashion, Food, Herbal Medicine and Music at the exhibition. The experience was one of a kind with the tourists getting the hands-on tasting streak of some delicious Ghanaian street delicacies showcased at the exhibition centre.

 

The search for a unique Ghanaian feel took us to the Central Region of Ghana. The Central region is bordered by the sea and is home to most of the historical slave dungeons used for the European merchant activities in the 18th Century. We paid a courtesy visit to the oldest slave hostage dungeon and Castle in West Africa, the Elmina Castle built by the Portuguese in 1482. This historical site has been marked by UNESCO as part of the world heritage sites across the world. We proceeded to the Cape Coast Castle, another slave centre built by the Swedes originally for the trade of Gold and timber and later turned into a hotspot for the Transatlantic Slave Trade which lasted for 400 years.

The time was then set for the battle for supremacy within the culinary department to settle the age long jollof war. We set out conclude on the matter, as to whether Ghana owns the bragging rights to the popular Jollof, a popular West African delicacy. Our patrons were treated like Royals at the Sahara Pub and Restaurant located in the heart of Cape coast. Their services are highly recommended to anyone who plans to visit Cape Coast and its environs.

 

We journeyed back to Accra with fulfilled hearts and our heads filled with so much history and the insatiable quest to explore other parts of our homeland, Ghana.

 

 

 

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