Forceful Wet Nursıng In Slavery – This must be Thursday (History Day)

The earlier settlements and the colonialism accelerated the slave trade drastically because a labor force was needed for farming. The slaves had many tasks, mainly in plantations, to increase productivity. Because of the harsh working conditions, there were more male slaves on the field.

The female slaves served indoors for other purposes, from house cleaning to cooking. If there were many babies in the house, the female worker would have an additional duty: breastfeeding. Although it may not sound like a physically demanding job, it had horrible consequences physically and psychologically.

Believe it or not, most of the babies were not their biological children, nor were they adopted by them. They were their slave master’s wives children.

The concept of wet nursing in slavery emerged in the 17th century when wealthy white families started hiring black women of lower classes and paying them to breastfeed their babies. The ladies tried to avoid it because they wanted to maintain their body shape integrity.
In addition, breastfeeding was against their elegance and always deemed more suitable for uncultured low-class people. The claim of the doctors proving that breastfeeding is unhealthy was the cherry on top.

The act of wet nursing began in Europe and soon expanded into the New World. The unfamiliar geography in new settlement areas affected the immune system of the newborns, and many of them fell ill. On the other hand, the children of the black women were much more immune and resistant.

This was the driving reason for white families to force female slaves to breastfeed their children. Once the female slave gave birth to a child, they were forced to prioritize the white babies for breastfeeding. This left their children short of breast milk since it was all used up to feed the kids of the white families.

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They had to feed their babies with cow’s milk or other substitutes to substitute for the milk. This resulted in an elevated death rate amongst the babies of the enslaved families.

The women did not have the choice to refuse breastfeeding other babies. In case they argued, they were threatened with the lives of their babies. Some slave traders and settlers would even kidnap or kill the newborn babies, so the slave-mother was left with no choice but to do wet nursing.
For the slave women to start producing milk, they were often raped by the slave masters and were told to keep quiet about it. This resulted in the birth of many babies of mixed race. Their husbands even rejected these women despite knowing that they were forced into it.

 

Wet nursing gradually vanished with the abolishment of slavery. However, some women continued doing it since they realized that they were earning more money as wet nurses than the freed slaves. The women who were wet nursing on their own were deemed the equivalent of prostitutes for not letting go of a traumatizing act from the past.

Forceful wet nursing has scarred the souls of many women and children – if they were able to survive, that is. So, it will always remain in our hearts as one of the most disgraceful aspects of the history of humankind. and as one of the numerous Museum Exhibitions in Cape Coast in Ghana reads

‘May those who return find their roots. May humanity never again perpetrate such injustice against humanity’

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Slave Castles And Forts In Ghana

TBT: If you could take an all-expense paid trip to Africa.  Where would you go? One of the must visit places in Africa is Ghana.

There are so many historic places to visit in Ghana. Did you know that Ghana has more than 15 Forts and 3 castles? Even though they now serve as tourist centres, they are also a reminder of the dark horrific period in Ghana’s History. (The brutal atrocities, horrific killings, rapes and sheer hatred of the black people)

‘A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.’ ~Marcus Garvey

Two of the castles can be found in the central Region, 1 at Cape Coast  called Cape Coast Castle and the another at Elmina St. George’s Castle or Elmina (Less than 30 minutes drive apart)

The last castle  is Christiansborg and is in the capital of Ghana, called Osu Castle (Fort Christiansborg). This use to be presidential seat after Ghana attained its Independence till 2013 when is was turned into a museum.

Cape Coast Castle

Cape Coast Castle was built in 1610 and is located in the Central Region of Ghana. The Swedes built the castle for their trade gold and timber purposes, however, it was later used as one of the slave castles. 

 

 

During the slave trade, Cape Coast castle served as one of the most important location of the trans-Atlantic Slave.

Captured and kidnapped slaves were kept locked up in the dungeons until they were shipped to either the land of the unknown. (Europe or America)

 

 

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Anyone wanting to trace their roots or where their ancestors came from must visit some of the Castles and forts in Ghana.

There’s so much history to learn and they have documented almost all the slaves names, their journeys and more….

 

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Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana

 

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Cape Coast Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana

Elmina Castle

Just like the Cape Coast Castle, Elmina Castle was also one of the slave castles. It was built during the colonial era by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. The first Europeans to arrive in Ghana (Gold Coast) were the Portuguese. (1471)

They started trading with the people of Gold Coast using a barter system, they brought items such as mirrors, guns in exchange for Ghana Gold and ivory

The built Elmina Castle in 1482. The architects were Diogo de Azambuja, and Luis Afonso

 

 

In addition to the 3 castles, there also over 15 Forts located in different regions in Ghana

Fort Coenraadsburg also known as fort st jago

Fort Good Hope – Dixcove, Ghana

Fort Batenstein – Butre, Western Region

Fort Amsterdam –  Kormantine, Central region,

Fort Metal Cross –  Dixcove

Fort Santo Antonio – Axim

Fort William /Lighthouse – Cape coast

Fort Victoria – Cape Coast

Fort Patience -Apam, Ghana

Fort San Sebastian – Shama Sekondi-Takoradi

Fort Oranje – Sekondi

Fort Apollonia – Beyin, Westen Region

Ussher Fort – James Town

Fort Prizenstein – Keta

The Portuguese were initially using the castle to protect their gold. Soon they started kidnaping the people of Gold Coast and sold them as slaves in Europe.

When the Dutch took over in 1637 from the Portuguese, Elmina Castle was used as a slave castle, they sold about 30,000 slaves a year for almost 250 years.

Elmina Castle – Cape Coast, Ghana

The British took over from 1867 until 6 march 1957 when Ghana attained independence Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

Today, the forts and castles in Ghana serve as tourism sites, however, the atrocities and inhuman act that took place during the era of our forefather will never be forgotten. Because is part of the dark history of Ghana.

 ‘We forgive but not forgotten‘~ Nelson Mandela

Anyone wanting to trace their roots or where their ancestors came from must visit some of the Castles and forts in Ghana.

In addition some of our  team members are originally from Cape coast (grew up and schooled there as well) and would be very happy to answer any questions about Cape coast or Ghana.

Osu Castle (Fort Christiansborg at Osu)

Osu Castle was built by the Danes, the Castle is the capital, Accra, Ghana

 

Osu Castle – Fort Christiansborg

 

 

 

Osu Castle – Fort Christiansborg – Ghana, West Africa

Credit: Ghana Education/History/Schooling In Ghana/Research/FVV/First hand Info/ Cape Coast Castle

 MUST VISIT CASTLES IN AFRICA

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”

As surprising as it might sound, the number of castles in Africa is more than we can imagine. Due to the colonization of Portuguese, Dutch, German and British forces and subsequent wars, many castles were built for different purposes. Here is a look at iconic castles from Africa.

  • CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE, SOUTH AFRICA

Castle of Good Hope is one of the first examples of Dutch architecture in Cape Town. It was built in the 17th century as a defense mechanism, residential area and later prison for Dutch army officers who surrendered after the Second Boer War where they lost against British forces.

 

Interestingly, the castle was on the coast when it was first built, but is now located inland after the land reclamation. Inside the bastion fort, there are many interesting exhibitions and events for you to check out.

  • ELMINA CASTLE, GHANA

Ghana has the highest number of fortifications by far. Elmina Castle erected by the Portuguese in 1482 is the oldest European building in the country. It was basically used as a trading post on the Gulf of Guinea as well as a center for slave trade.

The fort was subsequently conquered by Dutch forces and was held in power for 200 years before being taken over by the British Empire. The castle has been designated as a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1979.

 

  • FORT JESUS, KENYA

This castle was a distinct design of Italian architect Giovanni Battista Cairati. Mombasa Island of Kenya was an important port as it was the seen as the gate to the Spice Route and other trades routes surrounding Indian Ocean., so the king of Portugal built Fort Jesus to declare control in the area.

 

Its design has Renaissance features, but the building materials were provided by Swahili people, which resulted in an extraordinary look as a combination of the west and the east.

When viewed from the air, you can actually see that it was built in the shape of a man. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011 as the most outstanding example of Portuguese military fortificiation.

 

  • FORT CAPUZZO, LIBYA

As you might understand from the name, Fort Capuzza was built in the Italian colony of Libya near the Egyptian border. The Italian colony of Libya was in a war against the Senussi tariqa during the first half of the 20th century, so they had to build large barriers along the borders.

 

Fort Capuzzo constituted an important part of that barrier to prevent Senussi forces from crossing the border. It is possible to visit the castle during guided tours of the battlegrounds in North Africa.

 

  • FASIL GHEBBI/EMPEROR YOHANNES IV CASTLE, ETHIOPIA

The fortress city of Fasil Ghebbi is perhaps the most spectacular building of Ethiopia. Founded in the 17th century by Emperor Fasilides, the castles served as a home to Ethiopia’s emperor for a long time. Declared a UNESCO World Heritages Site in 1979, the castle is one of the best examples of Nubian Architecture style.

 

  • CAIRO CITADEL, EGYPT

The medieval Islamic fortification of Cairo Citadel was built in 1176 by the Ayyubid dynasty to protect the city during the Crusade wars. The most interesting feature of the castle is the mosque erected in the 19th century by Ottoman Commander Muhammad Ali Pasha after taking the control of the city from the Mamluks.

Today, there are two other mosques as well as several museums such as the Egyptian Military Museum, Carriage Museum and Al-Gawhara Palace Museum.

The fort lies next to Alexandra’s ancient lighthouse, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It served as a defensive fortress against the threats coming from Mediterranean Sea, especially that of the Ottoman Empire. It was renovated several times since it got severe damage from earthquakes and wars.

  • FORTRESS OF SAO MIGUEL, ANGOLA

This Portuguese fortress was built in Luanda, Angola in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais who was the first governor of the Portuguese Angola. The fortress was an administrative center as well as the checkpoint for trade and slave traffic to Brazil. Visiting the fortress, you can find out about the Portuguese colonization.

 

There is a courtyard that contains statues of Vasco da Gama, Portugal’s First King and Diogo Cao (who was the first European to reach Angola). The fortress also holds Museum of the Armed Forces that depicts the military structure of Portuguese Angola

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  • FORT SAO SEBASTIAO, MOZAMBIQUE

Another example of Portuguese architecture in Africa is the Fort of Sao Sebastio in Mozambique. Its construction by the Portuguese colonizers began in 1558 and took fifty years to finish.

The resultant massive fort has managed to still intact to this day. The Chapel of Nossa Senhore de Baluarte, which is the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere, lies right next to the fort.

 

  • OSU CASTLE, GHANA

Osu Castle is one of the first and few examples of Scandinavian influence in Africa. The first fort was built by the Kingdom of Denmark and the Kingdom of Norway in 1660. By building the castle, they wanted to keep the area protected from the Portuguese army whom they acquired the area from.

Throughout its history, the castle changed hands many times between Denmark-Norway, Portuguese and Britain, so their influence in the expansion and renovation of the castle can easily be observed. It has political importance as the seat of government in today’s Ghana. The castle also contains the burial ground of the late president John Alta Mills.

 

  • TALEH CASTLE, SOMALIA

Taleh is a historical town in eastern Somali, serving as the headquarters of the Dervish State. Mohammad Abdullah Hassan, the religious leader of the Dervish State, erected five forts in the early 20th century.

Taleh Caste is the largest of these forts. The castle is surrounded by tombs of early dervishes. Although the fort was significantly damaged by British forces, it was renovated by Somalia forces where they built a large military base in the town.

 

  • GREAT ZIMBABWE/NESBITT CASTLE ZIMBABWE

The ancient city of Great Zimbabwe was built within a large fortress, serving as the capital of Kingdom of Zimbabwe. The fortress was so large that the completion of its construction took nearly four centuries.

It boasted the royal palaces for the local monarch as well as the seat of political power. It was also an important landmark for the trade of gold and iron through the Central Africa.

Today, there is an ongoing archeological work for constructing the chronological history of the fortress. An interesting landmark inside the fortress is the Great Zimbabwe University which focuses of arts and social sciences.

 

Compared to the other castles in the list, Nesbitt Castle was built much later in the 1920s by businessman Theodore Holdengarde. Holdengarde was a South African – British businessmen and mayor of Bulawayo.

He decided to build the castle after arriving in Southern Rhodesia and buying 100 acres of land. Its architecture was heavily influenced by neo-gothic architecture. Although the castle was later converted to a hotel, there are certain renovations still underway, so the castle will have more options for the visitors.

 

  • DUWISIB CASTLE/FORT NAMUTONI, NAMIBIA

 

Set atop a hill overlooking the Namib Dune Desert, Duwisib Castle was built by Baron Captain Heinrich Von Wolf after the German-Nama War. More than just a residence for him and his wife, the castle represented his victory and dedication in the area.

The raw materials used for building the walls were imported from Germany. After the World War I, Von Wolf sold the castle to a wealthy Swedish family, who then transferred the castle to the state in the 70s.

It was opened to the public in 1991 as a museum containing antiques, armor and paintings. There are also numerous accommodation options including camping around the castle.

If you love adventure, then Namutoni Camp also called  Etosha National Park is one of the must visit places whenever in Namibia

 

 ‘Stand up for what is right even if it means standing alone.’ – Suzy Kassem

In a leaked audio from the invite-only app Clubhouse Dinner Party by Felicia Horowitz, wife of Silicon Valley billionaire Ben Horowitz to celebrate Hip Hop and Technology, the discussion seemed to be going in the wrong direction, when MC hammer stepped in to set the record straight.

When Terry Crews started to make fun of Suge Knight, Hammer quickly pointed that Suge defied the odds and built a $250 Million company in the hood, and not to denigrate him, especially in a discussion that was meant to celebrate hip hop.

It’s good to know that some people will not hesitate to stand for what’s right even if it means standing alone. Kudos to MC Hammer for speaking out. Here’s a gist of the discussion. Judge for yourself and leave comments below.

The classic clubhouse discussion between the “haves” and “have nots” peppered by stories of “we came from the bottom, now we on top” started with Silicon Valley royalty, Ben Horowitz discussing how he connected to hip hop music about the struggles because it resonated with him as an entrepreneur.

Horowitz dropped bars from Sucker M.C.’s (Krush‐Groove 1) by Run-D.M.C. particularly noting that the words “I’m light skinned, I live in Queens And I love eatin chicken and collard greens” particularly shaped his view of entrepreneurship, because it epitomized defiance, and the courage to not care what others think of you.

The conversation continued, at one point, someone indicated how people who do not know any black folks often judge them by what they hear in hip hop songs.

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Terry Crews spoke in agreement of this sentiment citing how Suge Knight had taken over his 40th birthday party.

Terry Crews started “I’m in LA and I had this party. Everybody was there. Eva Longoria, Michael Strahan, all of these great people and Suge Knight showed up… and they were like aye man Suge is at the door, what do you wanna do?

 

I was like let him in, let him in, because first of all you do not want to tell this man no. He came into the party and ran it down. Literally it wasn’t my party anymore, it was his party. They mad dogged everyone in the place…..” Terry continued the discussion.

Felicia Horowitz quipped “Dude I could have told you that was going to happen.” Laughter started to fill the room, with Terry Crews continuing his denigration of Suge Knight.

It was at this point that MC Hammer interjected. “hey hey Terry Terry hold on. On a very personal level. I can’t… I know Suge on a different level. I will never be silent while the whole narrative is gon be how bad Suge was, because there’s a lot of good Suge did as well.

And there’s a whole story that needs to be told about a young man who ends up with a $250 Million company in LA, the gang capital of the world, and the skill set that’s necessary to not just navigate business, but to navigate the streets and surviving.

How like right now, I see a lot of people folding just from social media, folding their tent up because they cant handle counter culture. Imagine having to interact with Crips, Bloods, and all of them on a day to day basis,

when everybody in there knows you’ve got $250 million and you are the man that can fulfil my dreams, but if you don’t then I got these AK47s and Uzzis waiting for you down the streets.

So you need to keep that in mind that those are all the elements that Suge as a young man dealt with. But yes he was aggressive, yes he made mistakes but he also had to figure out how to survive the very world these people are talking about.

“I drew influence from Hip Hop” “Hip Hop made me fell…” Well Hip Hop wasn’t a game. From the consumer side, it was exciting, then you could just turn it off. But when you’re really in it and you’re living it; it was not a game.

Death was on the menu, incarceration was on the menu, it was real hustling.

It’s not this fantasy, no matter what persona an artist chose. Notice I said what persona an artist chose, you still had to deal with the reality of what hip hop is.

Hip hop is not only what comes from the imagination of Hollywood’s interpretation, but hip hop is really based on the streets.

You are dealing with real street people who may or may not have acquired the skillset necessary to go to a party and be the most eloquent person at the party. That just comes with it.

Any way am just throwing that out because for me, it’s from a personal experience and personal relationship.”

The conversation continued with Terry Crews further defending his negative views of Suge Knight.

Here’s a case where we had someone in the room of influential people to give the narrative context; but imagine all the years where the narrative is left unchecked.

We are left to forget the historical context that has resulted in the in balances in the world today.

All too often in discussions of “black peoples”, the narrative unfairly starts in the middle of the sentence.

Africa and its people’s history are fraught with those who omit the origins of the the strife, forgetting that it didn’t start with slavery but rather with kings and Queens who were forced and stolen in to slavery.

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YEAR OF RETURN, PROS AND CONS, BENEFITS TO GHANA AND ITS EFFECT ON THE NPP IN 2020 ELECTIONS.

In September 2018, in Washington D.C, the president of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo – Addo officially declared August 2019 as “year of Return”.

Nana Akufo Addo Crowned African Best President

 

The “Year of return “, is an initiative by the Ghana government to give room for Africans abroad to embark on a birth-right journey to visit Africa.

Especially Ghana, in remembrance of the early batch of Africans who were persuasively sent from Africa to the united states of America to go through times of agony, denial and embarrassment, four hundred (400) years ago.

 

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It is believed that, the idea of inviting Africans from the diaspora will serve a union between the Africans on the continent and their families across the globe.

Addressing the media, the chief executive officer of the Ghana Tourism Authority,

Mr Akwasi Agyeman made the public aware of some benefit this event has brought to the Ghanaian economy and its relationship with the developed countries.

He said that, the year of return has contributed to an increase in the economy of Ghana in the sense that,

a lot of ‘Black’ Americans have visited the country as a result, profits have been made into tourist sites, airlines, guesthouses, arts and eateries.

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Also, apart from it being a year of visitation and commemoration, Ghana is likely to gain recognition in terms of tourism internationally.

However, with all the above-mentioned merits, there could be some glitches, taking into consideration the larger effect on the economy.

Thus, inflation could be activated in the local economy since services made to foreigners are increased with the mindset that foreigners are rich and this could affect the

 

New Patriotic Party Negatively in the 2020 election.

Whatever the outcome of the election next year, one thing is for sure,

President Akuffo Addo has introduced Ghana to the world in a way that no other Ghanaian Government has ever than…

American actress LisaRaye McCoy was recently enstooled as the Queen Mother for Development of Women of Agona Kwanyanko (Central Region of Ghana). Chieftaincy in Africa is very prestigious  and must be held as such.

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Ghana Map – Photo Credit: GIS Ghana

 

Ghana has 16 Regions namely: 

  • Greater Accra Region – Accra
  • Eastern Region – Koforidua
  • Ashanti Region – Kumasi
  • Ahafo Region – Goaso
  • Central Region – Cape Coast
  • Northern Region – Tamale
  • Upper East Region – Bolgatanga
  • Upper West Region – Wa
  • Volta Region – Ho
  • Bono Region – Sunyani
  • Oti Region – Dambai
  • North East Region – Nalerigu
  • Savannah Region – Damango
  • Bono East Region – Techiman
  • Western North Region- Sefwi Wiawso
  • Western Region – Sekondi

Even though there no title such as ‘Queen Mother’, there are of course chiefs and queen mothers in many villages and small townships, who are highly respected.

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LisaRaye will not reign over Ghana’s Central Region. The Central Region of Ghana about 20 or so towns, she will be the Queen Mother for Development of Women of Agona Kwanyanko one of towns.

Ghanaians are still trying to figure out exactly what’s going on, and are also confused about the ‘The Queen Mother of Ghana’ title.

It is good that LisaRaye will be helping the Women of Agona Kwanyanko.

What puzzles many Ghanaians is the fact that even after many people have corrected her on social media, she still has not edited her post in reflect the correct title.

This has led many Ghana’s to believe that is because she is ignorant of the Ghanaian culture.

Another thing that one of the people we spoke to pointed out was that, the event was on Eventbrite and clearly states queen mother of Agona Kwanyanko  as per the post below

credit Eventbrite

 

LisaRaye knew that before going on Wendy Show and should have mentioned her correct title.

 

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Some Ghanaians are of the view that, is because Lisa Raye doesn’t know anything about Ghana nor the culture, others believe is misunderstanding, misleading and might be miscommunication.

Others believe Ghanaians should take it easy on her, because she is trying to learn more about her African roots as well as the culture in general.

Whatever it is one thing is for sure, when LisaRaye gets to Ghana she will understand  why people were shocked when they watch her interview because there is no such title in Ghana as ‘QUEEN MOTHER”

Did you know that, this is the YEAR OF RETURN in Ghana? 

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We hope she will do a follow up interview to correct her title as The queen mother of Agona Kwanyanko or edit her post to show the correct title.

What do you think about this whole ‘Queen Mother of Ghana’ story… Drop your comments.

ALL ABOUT THE BROWN BABIES OF BRITAIN

There are many underestimated and neglected topics related to the aftermath of World War II including the tortures, concentration camps outside of Europe and so on. Another controversial issue has currently been unraveled and it is related to the mixed-race people who were born in Britain during the war.

Some of these babies grew up with no settled home environment, no proper education, and no inclusive and constructive behavior. Most of their lives were spent for a desperate search of identity and a sense of belonging. 

We all bleed in same colour

Others were lucky to have found relatives who looked beyond the colour of their skin and treated as dignity, rather than their race or the fact that they were half black and half white . There were shown love, support and well educated.

 

Why They Were Called GI Babies

These babies were called the GI babies simply because they were born to white British women and black American GIs during the war. Even though the African-American soldiers were minority in the US Army that flew to Britain, they were mainly appointed as part of a separate GI army that was scattered among American bases.

There would be traditional dance nights, so it was believed that the black GIs and local white women started to develop relationships during these events. Local women were drawn to the black soldiers for their unique looks and humble personalities (less arrogant than the white officers or any white male for that matter).

Obviously, some of these relationships resulted in accidental babies that were deemed illegal since the US army officers initially forbade black GIs to marry and start families.

As reported by our fathers and grand parents, those who asked for permission from their officers to marry their pregnant girlfriends were threatened by charges with rape that had a death penalty.

Approximately 2000 “brown babies” were born during the era.

 

 

Several of the babies of that era who are now in their seventies.

 

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The babies were taken away from the father who would never see them again. In the meantime, they spent their childhood years in white-dominated neighbourhoods where they faced a severe racism during their teenage years.

This would be much worse if they were allocated to smaller towns. Most of them recall inappropriate name calling with the “n” word, not looking in the face, changing direction or even direct insult and worse more.

In many cases, the child was separated from the father while the mother gave them up through social stigma and peer pressure. Even if the mother wanted to keep the child or even move to the US to be with the father, her family would most likely prevent this attempt.

Upbringing And The Quest For True Identity

That’s why; the majority of these kids had to grow up in children’s homes waiting for adoption. Only an estimated amount of 20% or so was adopted either by their grandparents or foster parents. Only 1 or so managed to be adopted by his true father. 

The rest of the kids spend many years and took several DNA tests in order to find their relatives that are still alive. There are many stories involving a long-lasting quest to find the true parents only to find their gravestones at the end.

Very heart breaking! We home through DNA they can trace some of their relatives.

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Mixed Race Kids born to Slave Masters During the Slave Trade Era a curse or blessing?

Source: Ghana Education/History/Research/FVV/First hand Info

Whеn people hеаr the wоrd Africa” a numbеr оf thingѕ come to mind – usually invоlving wild аnimаlѕ, еxоtiс аdvеnturе, brеаthtаking ѕunѕеtѕ аnd hоt, ѕunnу dауѕ, people living on trees…

However, one must know that there’s more to African than what and how is portrayed

Anyone whо hаѕ еxреriеnсеd Afriса will tеll you thаt words cannot fullу dеѕсribе just hоw unique аnd wоndеrful it iѕ.

Thеѕе аrе ѕоmе оf thе rеаѕоnѕ whу Afriсаn Sаfаri Tours hаvе bесоmе so рорulаr. But Afriса iѕ large, and уоur сhоiсеѕ оf Sаfаri аrе еndlеѕѕ.

There are rеаllу twо mаin саtеgоriеѕ of Sаfаriѕ, thоugh, tо hеlр уоu mаkе your choice: Game Pаrkѕ аrе vеrу рорulаr, especially fоr thе firѕt timе viѕit tо Africa.

There are many fаmоuѕ gаmе раrkѕ, each with thеir оwn аttrасtiоnѕ. Countries like Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Angola to mention a few are one of the beautiful African countries one cannot but visit.

Ghana

Ghana is a mаrvеlоuѕ tоuriѕt ѕроt in Wеѕt Africa. All thrоugh thе year реорlе frоm асrоѕѕ thе world соmе here tо еnjоу thе bеаutу оf its ѕресtасulаr bеасhеѕ. Thе main аttrасtiоnѕ оf this рlасе are undoubtedly itѕ sandy bеасhеѕ аnd сrуѕtаl clear bluе ѕkу.

Among thе diffеrеnt асtivitiеѕ, lосаl реорlе аѕ wеll аѕ the international tоuriѕtѕ рrеfеr tо еnjоу ѕроrt fiѕhing in Ghаnа. Sоmе оthеr water sports that you mау еnjоу in Ghana аrе water ѕkiing, diving аnd sailing. Lаkе Vоltа iѕ соnѕidеrеd tо bе thе mоѕt ѕuitаblе place fоr dоing аll such activities.

Places to Viѕit in Ghаnа: With thе соurѕе оf timе аѕ tоuriѕm iѕ rарidlу dеvеlорing, mаkе ѕurе you didn’t miss out on these mind-blowing рорulаr places in Ghana. Yоur Ghаnа travel guide muѕt inсludе thе following beautiful dеѕtinаtiоnѕ:

  • Bia Nаtiоnаl Park
  • Kakum Nаturе Pаrk
  • Owаbi Wildlife Sаnсtuаrу
  • Mole Game Rеѕеrvе
  • Bui National Pаrk
  • Rainforests 
  • Slave Castles
  • Boti Falls
  • Forts and more

 

Amazing places to visit in Ghana, Visiting Africa soon? Why not visit Ghana

Tanzania

Tanzania iѕ оnе of thе mоѕt prominent аnd bеаutiful destination thаt оffеrѕ thе bеѕt safari tоurѕ. Itѕ оnе соuntrу that оught tо be viѕitеd duе tо thе fасt thаt it hаѕ ѕаfаriѕ that carter fоr еvеrу tоuriѕt.

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Dереnding оn hоw much mоnеу уоu budgеt fоr уоur ѕаfаri, Tаnzаniа safari tоurѕ will givе thе mоѕt еxсiting and аdvеnturоuѕ раrkѕ tо viѕit ѕuсh аѕ Sеrеngеti Nаtiоnаl раrk, Ngоrоngоrо crater аnd Mоunt Kilimаnjаrо thаt givеѕ a perfect view of thе соuntrу.

Which еvеr dеѕtinаtiоn you decide tо viѕit, уоu will have thе timе tо сеlеbrаtе аnd hаvе a good timе with friеndѕ and fаmilу mеmbеrѕ.

What асtuаllу bеаutifiеѕ thiѕ country iѕ thе fаntаѕtiс landscape thаt nаturе has designed so well along with the adventurous collection оf the wild animals.

Bеѕidеѕ viewing thе аnimаlѕ, there аrе оthеr асtivitiеѕ tо participant in ѕuсh as сlimbing Mоunt Kilimanjaro, hiking аѕ wеll as diving the соаѕtаl waters and viеwing the mаrinе lifе.

Tаnzаniа ѕаfаri tоur iѕ thе bеѕt among thе African соuntriеѕ аnd its оnе that can provide уоu with a distinctive and exciting ѕаfаri.

Kenya

Thе реасеful surroundings allow уоu tо unwind аnd relax аmidѕt thе trаnԛuil nаturаl bеаutу and уоu would simply lоvе the еxреriеnсе! If уоu аrе ѕtill nоt аblе tо mаkе up уоur mind, have a glance at the thingѕ уоu саn dо whеn viѕiting Kenya.

Thеу will соnvinсе уоu tо make a triр tо thiѕ country, whiсh iѕ bеѕtоwеd with mуѕtiс nаturаl bеаutу аnd a unique сulturе.

Wildlifе Tоuriѕm and Sаfаriѕ: Kenya is a land of mуriаd есоѕуѕtеmѕ — luѕh grееn forests, deserts, еԛuаtоriаl rаinfоrеѕtѕ, mоntаnе vеgеtаtiоn, mоuntаinѕ аnd hills — аnd оnе саn find numеrоuѕ species indigеnоuѕ to these есоѕуѕtеmѕ.

Sо if уоu аrе a biodiversity lover and want tо еnjоу the experience оf sighting wildlife, birds and inѕесtѕ in thеir nаturаl habitats, then Kеnуа iѕ thе рlасе for you. You саn еаѕilу ѕроt аn еlерhаnt, liоn, сhееtаh, lеораrd, wild dog, hyena, giraffe, rhinoceros, zеbrа, оѕtriсh, еlаnd (thе lаrgеѕt аntеlоре), dikdik, wildеbееѕt, hippopotamus, сrосоdilеѕ, аnd Afriсаn buffalo in Kenya during your ѕаfаri.

Angola

Over thе раѕt fеw years, Angоlа hаѕ рrоѕреrеd in various diffеrеnt ways. Thе beautiful lаndѕсаре оf Angоlа, ѕuсh аѕ Cаbindа, Bеnguеlа, Bengo, Cabinda аnd many оthеr рrоvinсеѕ оf Angоlа hаѕ hеlреd in economic revival thrоugh tоuriѕm dеvеlорmеnt.

Thе сhаrm and riсhnеѕѕ of Angola liеѕ in thе fасt that the lаndѕсаре аnd thе buildings аrе dеер rооtеd in hiѕtоrу. Phоtоѕ of Angоlа аrе breathtakingly beautiful аnd attract large numbеr оf tоuriѕtѕ.

The rich flora аnd fauna оf this соuntrу hаѕ brоught nаturе lоvеrѕ tо its Nаtiоnаl parks ѕuсh as Cаmеiа and Iona. In addition tо enjoying lаndѕсаре аnd nаturаl bеаutу, tourists can enjoy thе riсh muѕiсаl legacy аnd of соurѕе the bеаutу оf Angоlа.

The traditional muѕiс оf Angоlа is a fusion between Afriсаn beats аnd Cаribbеаn muѕiс. Onе саn аlѕо find bеаutiful traditional hаndiсrаftѕ in Angоlа аnd рiсturеѕ оf Angоlа are ѕрrеаd everywhere, for you tо get a ѕmаll tаѕtе оf thе country.

All thingѕ соnѕidеrеd, once уоu’vе booked уоur Safari tоur, kick bасk, put your fееt uр and get lost in thе  аdvеnturе thаt awaits you.

 

Bushmen: The San People Are Believed To Be The Oldest Population Of Humans On Earth…

The San / Bushmen populated South Africa, Lesotho,
Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola long before the arrival of the Bantu-speaking nations, and thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans.

 

Beautiful Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the dream places to visit in Africa… They have clean beaches, beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife, Avenue of the Baobabs Madagascar is a must see as well

 

Fоr оn уоur vеnturе wоuld уоu only rеаllу experience what it means to live in “Afriсаn-timе”, that thiѕ truly means rеlаxаtiоn in its рurеѕt fоrm…

 

Jimmy Jean-Louis -at-cape-coast-castle Jimmy Jean-Louis -at-cape-coast-castleHaitian Hollywood star actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis has visited the  Cape Coast Castle where he went on an emotional journey of how slaves were transported from Africa to Europe and elsewhere in the years of slave trade. Cape Coast Castle is one of about thirty “slave castles”, or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders. It was originally built by the Swedes for trade in timber and gold, but later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Other Ghanaian slave castles include Elmina Castle and Fort Christiansborg. They were used to hold slaves before they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas, especially the Caribbean. This “gate of no return” was the last stop before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Gaining its independence in 1804, Haiti was the first independent nation of Latin America and the Caribbean, the second republic in the Americas, and the only nation in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt. Its successful revolution by slaves and free people of color lasted nearly a decade; all the first leaders of government were former slaves. Haiti is one of two independent nations in the Americas (along with Canada) to designate French as an official language; the other French-speaking areas are all overseas départements, or collectivités, of France.

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Over the years, China and Africa have remained in great alliance politically and economically.

As a result of the association between them, both parties have benefitted from its partnership through  education, trade and many more.

However, this Covid-19 pandemic which officially surfaced in Wuhan, China and spread through more than 160 countries worldwide has created a lot of controversies and pain for lots of innocent Africans in China.

China, had the highest recording cases during the early days of this virus and has now reportedly able to manage the situation and work around it through their total lockdowns.

The actual number of deaths in China to date is still subject of dispute all over the world. This is because of the China  ‘cover-up’ after the vIrus was discovered Wuhan.

Trump and others have also publicly

For days now, the world has seen some inhuman videos on social media showing how some Chinese are treating Africans in China.

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This is because they say black people brought Covid-19 when they know very well that’s now true.

This a typical case of ‘When an elder falls down they blame the walking stick’ African Proverb

It has been reported and supported with numerous videos that students and other African residents in that city were compelled to evacuate their apartments and go through a force quarantine whether been tested positive or not.

Xenophobia in Guangzhou is very high

The viral video and pictures ignited a rage of comments lashing back at Chinese citizens for doing that despite the detection of the virus first, in their country and the relationship between china and Africa.

African leaders including south African president, Ghana foreign ministry and more have expressed their deepest concerns regarding the appalling condition of Africans in China.

They have confronted the Chinese officials and requested for immediate effect to safeguard the legal rights of the Africans in such situation.

The questions most Africans are asking are:

  • Why are Chinese people roaming about freely in African Countries, even doing business as usual with no consequences for the actions of their treatment to African Nationals in China.

 

  • Others are questioning why they are trying to put the blame on Africa when they know very well Coronavirus and other associated deadly diseases exist in China for years. 

 

  • Some believe Africa in general should take a very close look at their business relationship with China.

 

  • Why has abuse of Africans by some Chinese that started before Covid-19 allowed to continue for years.

 

  • Chinese people  in Africa also not forced into quarantine, deprived from shops and restaurants 

 

  • Why are Chinese people also not being evicted  from their homes in Africa

 

  • Majority of Africans are questioning why Chinese people across African own lands whilst African Can’t own apartment in china

 

No one is against any country trying to control the current pandemic, however, blaming Africans is no way to treat so  called business partner. 

Many Africans are very upset and want African leaders to rise up and protect their citizens.

 

Some believe China is only interested in African Resources and nothing else. This treatment of Africans has open up so many talking  about the Chinese footprint in Africa.

People are now questioning most of the actions by Chinese in Africa, why are they bringing their people to from China to African to take over the jobs that they are creating in Africa?

 

‘Africans are giving equal treatment given to all foreigners’ Whilst the videos the world sees tells a different story.

The Chinese officials also denied the claims about the blacks’ maltreatment. 

The above reminds that world of a plague in Cape Coast Castle in Ghana Which reads

‘…May humanity never again perpetrate such injustice against humanity..”

Cape Coast Castle -

 

We hope African Leader will rise up and save their citizens from the lies, accusations, injustice perpetuated against them in China.

We hope those blaming African for what the world originated from China will read some of the news out there and solve the problems and stop abusing innocent Africans

The injustice against Africans in China Must STOP! The fact that their officials are denying that they discriminating against Africans goes to show they don’t see anything wrong with the abuse of Africans.

African leaders must rise up and save their citizens.

 

Africans in China – Photo Credit BBC