The videos below explain how the Door of no return in Ghana played a vital horrific role in the transatlantic Slave trade that saw the worst demeaning atrocities ever done to humanity. 

Did you know there are the 3 castles and over 15 Forts located in different regions in Ghana? 

 

As the image from Cape Coast Castle states

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’

‘Today we see a beautiful sea, our ancestors and forefathers over 400 years ago saw this same shores as source of pain,  bloodshed, tears and heartbreak’ JustinaD

 

 

This the Year of return 2019, in remembrance of the anguish of our ancestors over 400 years ago.

 

 

We hope those returning to the motherland, will find peace.

There door or return is very symbolic in Ghana’s history,  and those seeking to trace their origin or ancestors

 

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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…

Steve Harvey Visits Ghana

Broderick Stephen Harvey is a renowned veteran American TV presenter, actor, radio presenter, comedian, author and producer with an undeniable influence in the United States’ entertainment industry.

His outstanding career has won him numerous legendary awards and honors in the entertainment world.

Notably, he is a four-time winner of the NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series, BET Humanitarian Award, 2011 BET Awards.

2013 Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2013 Marconi Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host – Steve Harvey among others.

He is the current host of the famous Miss Universe pageant since 2015 and recently visited the Elmina Castle and Cape Coast in Ghana.

 

 

Harvey was spotted crying when he toured the iconic Elmina Castle on the Cape Coast, Ghana with his family on Friday.

Steve Harvey in Ghana
Steve Harvey in Ghana. Photo Credit: Steve Harvey

The brutality and torture that Africans endured during the era of slavery was too much to bear.

Arguably, no one will visit the Door Of No Return without shedding tears for African ancestors’ courageous endurance.

Notably, in 2009, the former president of the United States, Barrack Obama reflected on this when he – along with his family – visited the dreadful site.

Other tourists often hallucinate the cries ofAfricans in the historic castle...

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While at school, Harvey discovered his talent as he never stopped making colleagues laugh and decided to give it a shot.

His effort was soon rewarded with his first stand-up comedy in 1985 at the Hilarities Comedy Club, Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1990, he made it to the final stage of the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search contest to confirm his talent and hard work in bringing himself to limelight in the world of comedy.

This earned him his first job as a TV host with “Showtime at the Apollo.” Following a breakthrough in the stand-up comedy, he was called up to participate in the ABC series, “Me and the Boys” in 1994.

Harvey became the face of the country, a legend and his successful career were enough to open more doors in the entertainment industry.

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He took to radio stations to host numerous events such as the Harvey Morning Show, Family Feud among others.

The humble entertainment mogul has since then hosted the annual event to date…

His visit to Ghana has been a real eye opener for him, his family and friends. The injustices against his ancestors through the horrific slave trade has been a very shocking and humble experience for him…

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’~ Cape Coast Castle

 

 

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Slavery is one brutal phenomenon associated with the centuries in the past.

The only problem as to why it may preferably not be seen as a socio-economical system is that the Africans accounted for nearly 90% of the victims at this time.

Countries that immensely benefited from slavery includes the Dutch, Britain, Portugal and more. 

For United States of America, as many tobaccos, and cotton industrialist forced Africans and other defenceless tribes to till their soil or get killed.

 

The Year of Return

 

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The Year of Return is a memorable milestone in the history of Africans as it was enshrined to mark the arrival of the first enslaved innocent Africans on American soil (Jamestown, Virginia).

Africans were kidnapped, bought and stolen.

The torture, deprivation, humiliation, raping, beatings, killings suffered in the hands of the slave-master inspire Africans home and in the diaspora to take part in the remembrance of their forefathers.

 

”May humanity never again perpetuate such injustice against humanity’

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The 400th annual remembrance is from 5th through the 14th of August 2019

The Africans of timber and caliber are trooping in to celebrate the flexibility of the victims of the long-lasting Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Notably at the time is the famous“Door of No Return,” 

 

The Year of Return

 

The dreadful situation of the “Middle Passage” (Atlantic) was enough to take the lives out of the Africans who were boarding a ship for the first time.

It was stated, however, that whoever marched past the fearful Door of No Return as a slave would never set eyes on his or her fatherland until demise.

 

The Year of Return

 

Africa endured this inhumane act and can live past the traumatic condition of its citizens.

Today, the presumed Door of No Return has become the door of return as many curious Africans have visited the door to imagining the unimaginable torture the slave endured.

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The 2019 celebration promises to bring Ghana to the whole world as one of the popular tourist locations for Africans and the people of the world.

Obama in CAPE COAST CASTLE

This will further improve the economy of the country, and as a result, adequate preparation has been made towards the recipient of tourists across the globe.

 

 

The Year of Return

 

Africans have returned and sure will continue to make resounding history as their ancestors had paid the invaluable price with their blood and sweat.

The Year of Return

 

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London, UK – Its back, bigger and better! The Akwaaba Group will once again stage the most anticipated event of the year! Ghana Party In The Park, scheduled to take place on Saturday 15th July, at popular North London Trent Park, is set to be the biggest one yet.

The annual event attracts thousands of attendees every year from across UK & Europe and has rapidly become the biggest family outdoor affair in the country.  The 2016 occasion saw ‘Skin tight’ singer Mr Eazi and ‘Kontrol’ producer & artist grace the stage and Ghanaian heavy-weight rapper Sarkodie surprised his fans with melodies of his hits including ‘Adonai’ . 

Ghana Party In The Park is set to be an exhilarating affair filled with exciting performances from some of UK and Ghana’s most prevalent artists. This year confirmed artist include hitmaker duo Kwamz & Flava, the golden boy Kojo Funds, Afrobeats DJ turned Artist Afro B & Grime Rapper Don-E plus many more.

Commenting on the event, the Event Coordinator of The Akwaaba Group, Mr. Dennis Tawiah, “This year Ghana celebrated 60 years of Independence so it was imperative that this was incorporated in this year’s edition of Ghana Party in The Park. Our event is an opportunity to highlight Ghana’s rich cultural heritage and other traditional attributes. Annually we have thousands of patrons from across globe attending the event and we continue to deliver year after year but this edition holds extra sentimental value to us.” 

Activities to take place on the day will include Arts and Craft Exhibition, Cultural Troupe Dancing, Durbar of Chiefs, Live Band Music, Fashion Show, Face Painting, Bouncy Castles, Food, Drinks, Product Sales, Dance Competition and Aqua Bubble. To add to the excitement will be surprise performances from top musicians from Ghana and the United Kingdom.

 

Ghana Party In The Park 2017 is proudly sponsored by World Remit, Senditoo, Klm & Unity Link.  Abn Tv and Radio and Voice newspaper are the official media partners for Ghana Party In The Park 2017

Tickets are available from

http://ghanapartyinthepark.eventbrite.com

https://shoobs.com/events/17649/ghana-party-in-the-park-2017 .

For more information about Ghana Party in The Park visit www.akwaabauk.com

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’

Don’t forget to email us the History Topic or Topics you want to learn or read about next week ‘ It Must Be Thursday’. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The Ebola virus is a hemorrhagic fever that kills about 70 percent of its victims. Ebola typically strikes like the worst and most humiliating flu you could imagine. People get the sweats, along with body aches and pains. Then they start vomiting and having uncontrollable diarrhea. They experience dehydration. These symptoms can appear anywhere between two and 21 days after exposure to the virus. Sometimes, patients go into shock. Rarely, they bleed.

In fatal cases, death comes fairly quickly — within a few days or a couple of weeks of getting sick. Survivors return to a normal life after a months-long recovery that can include periods of hair loss, sensory changes, weakness, fatigue, headaches, eye and liver inflammation.

There are five strains of Ebola, four of which have caused the disease in humans: Zaire, Sudan, Taï Forest, and Bundibugyo. The fifth, Reston, was discovered in Virginia and has infected monkeys only. Though scientists haven’t been able to confirm this, the animal host of Ebola is widely believed to be the fruit bat, and the virus only seldomly makes the leap into humans.

The current outbreak involves the Zaire strain, which was discovered in 1976 — the year Ebola was first identified in what was then Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). That same year, the virus was also discovered in South Sudan.

The Ebola virus is extremely rare. Among the leading causes of death in Africa, it only accounts for a tiny fraction. People are much more likely to die from AIDS, respiratory infections, or diarrhea, as you can see.

Since 1976, there have only been about 20 known Ebola outbreaks. Until last year, the  total impact of these outbreaks included 2,357 cases and 1,548 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They all occurred in isolated or remote areas of Africa, and Ebola never had a chance to go very far.

To get Ebola, you need to have direct contact with the bodily fluids — such as vomit, urine, or blood — of someone who is already sick and symptomatic to get the disease.

But what, exactly, does that mean? Here’s a more concrete guide on how the virus can move from one person to another.

How you can get Ebola

1) You can get the virus if you have “direct contact” with a range of bodily fluids from a sick person, including blood, saliva, breast milk, stool, sweat, semen, tears, vomit, and urine. “Direct contact” means these fluids need to get into your broken skin (such as a wound) or touch your mucous membranes (mouth, nose, eyes, vagina). As well, the sick person has to be far enough along in the illness — with enough virus in the bloodstream — to successfully transmit the disease.

2) So you can get Ebola by kissing or sharing food with someone who is infectious.

3) Mothers with Ebola can give the disease to their babies. Ebola spreads through breastfeeding — even after recovery from the disease. As one study put it, “It seems prudent to advise breastfeeding mothers who survive (Ebola) to avoid breastfeeding for at least some weeks after recovery and to provide them with alternative means of feeding their infants.”

THE EBOLA VIRUS HAS BEEN ABLE TO LIVE IN SEMEN FOR UP TO 82 DAYS4) You can get Ebola through sex with an Ebola victim. The virus has been able to live in semen up to 82 days after a patient became symptomatic, which means sexual transmission — even with someone who has survived the disease for months — is possible.

5) You can get the virus by eating wild animals infected with Ebola or coming into contact with their bodily fluids. The fruit bat is believed to be the animal reservoir for Ebola, and when it’s prepared for a meal or eaten raw, people get sick.

So you can get the virus through exposure to bat secretions. However, if you cook a bat infected with Ebola and then eat it, you won’t get sick because the virus dies during cooking.

6) You can get Ebola through contact with a contaminated surface. Though Ebola is easily killed with disinfectants like bleach, if it isn’t caught, it can live outside the body on, say, a doorknob or counter top, for several hours. In body fluids, like blood, the virus can survive for several days. So you’d need to touch an infected surface, and then put your hands in your mouth and eyes to get Ebola.

This is why the funerals of Ebola victims are problematic. Someone who has died from the virus will have a very high viral load. Since the virus can live in bodily fluids on their body, if you participate in the ritual washing of an Ebola victim and then touch your hands to your face, you could get the virus.

7) You could also get the virus by working in a biosafety-level-4 lab that studies Ebola, touching lab specimens, and then putting your contaminated hands in your mouth, eyes or a cut.

8) You can get Ebola by being pricked with a needle or syringe that has been contaminated with the virus. This has been a source of transmission for health workers, but unless you’re an Ebola health worker or sharing needles with Ebola victims, this isn’t likely.

How you can’t get Ebola

1) You can’t get Ebola from someone who is not already sick. The virus only turns up in people’s bodily fluids after a person starts to feel ill, and only then can they spread it to another person.

2) You can’t get Ebola from just sitting next to an asymptomatic, or even mildly symptomatic person on, say, a plane or subway. As one of the Ebola discoverers, Peter Piot, said, “I wouldn’t be worried to sit next to someone with Ebola virus on the Tube as long as they don’t vomit on you or something. This is an infection that requires very close contact.”

YOU CAN’T GET EBOLA FROM MOSQUITOES3) You can’t get Ebola from mosquitoes. The CDC says, “Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys and apes) have shown the ability to spread and become infected with Ebola virus.”

4) You usually can’t get Ebola through coughing or sneezing. The virus isn’t airborne, thankfully, and experts expect that it will never become airborne. But, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “If a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on someone, and saliva or mucus come into contact with that person’s eyes, nose or mouth, these fluids may transmit the disease.” This happens rarely and usually only affects health workers or those caring for the sick.

The bottom line: Ebola is difficult to catch

Ebola isn’t very easy to transmit. The scenarios under which it spreads are very specific. And Ebola doesn’t spread quickly, either. A mathematical epidemiologist who studies Ebola wrote in the Washington Post, “The good news is that Ebola has a lower reproductive rate than measles in the pre-vaccination days or the Spanish flu.” He found that each Ebola case produces between 1.3 and 1.8 secondary cases. That means an Ebola victim usually only infects about one other person. Compare that with measles, which creates 17 secondary cases. NPR had an excellent graphic to that effect:

If you do the math, that means a single case in the US could lead to one or two others. (That’s what happened in Dallas: one patient infected two nurses when he was very sick.)  Because we have robust public health measures here, it probably won’t go further than that. Compare that to West Africa, which is now dealing with upwards of 20,000 cases in a completely broken health system. That’s where experts say the worry about Ebola should be placed.

Ebola killed more than 7,000… Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and those affected.

Read more on this deadly virus visit  Vox’ main website by clicking here.

Credit:  VOX