Individuals at a lecture on new concepts for engagement with the African diaspora, have known as for the establishment of a reality and reconciliation course of to assist settle and assuage the scourge of slavery and to hasten the combination of African -Individuals and Afro- Caribbeans again to the African continent.
The occasion was organized by the Institute of Worldwide Affairs, Ghana (GhIIA.org) below the theme ‘New concepts for engagement and integration: Africa and its compelled Diaspora’ at Mmofra Place headlined the eminent Professor Esi Sutherland-Addy, a famous tutorial and public servant because the keynote speaker. The occasion was moderated by Dr. Kwabena Opoku Agyemang of the Institute of African Research on the College of Ghana, Legon.
The occasion was extremely patronized with an viewers consisting members of the Institute, retired and serving diplomats, members of the diplomatic group and the African-American and Afro-Caribbean Group in Ghana.
Professor Sutherland-Addy in her presentation famous that although Ghana had performed properly to champion integration and the ‘return’ of the diaspora, extra needed to be performed for Africa’s compelled diaspora to return again to the nation. Predicating her presentation on her private expertise, she famous that the draw of Ghana for African-Individuals and Afro-Caribbean was sturdy within the pre-war and colonial period.
She famous that her father, Invoice Sutherland, moved to the then Gold Coast with fellow African Individuals just like the Dr. Lee, as a part of a want to re-integrate and to advertise Pan-Africanism, which led to being a part of the trouble in convincing Martin Luther King to attend Ghana’s independence celebrations.
She additional indicated that, Ghana had performed properly with initiatives like PANAFEST and the YEAR of RETURN, however extra needed to be performed to realize a deeper degree of engagement with the compelled African Diaspora. In response to a query from Dr. Opoku-Agyemang, she agreed with the latter’s assertion regarding the weak spot of the present academic syllabus in instructing Ghanaian college students about slavery.
Professor Sutherland-Addy was gravely anxious that if the battles on tales across the tragedy of slavery will not be received, the narrative on slavery will probably be morphed right into a warped recollection and can result in a severance of ties with the Afro -American and Caribbean communities.
She drew parallels with the Holocaust, which had revisionists attempting to warp the story of that tragedy, however due to the concerted effort of the Jewish group, this was being mitigated and pushed again. She urged an identical effort with regards to the query of the transatlantic slave commerce. Each Professor Sutherland-Addy and Dr. Opoku-Agyemang agreed that this has led to the pernicious rise of the sentiment amongst African Individuals that someway slavery was optimistic or that Africans again residence actively and joyously participated within the commerce.
She defined that extra deliberate and constant insurance policies and actions must be taken to make sure a smoother capability for returnees to combine and counseled the federal government for conferring citizenship on African Individuals, together with the current conferment of citizenship on Viola Fletcher and Hughes Van Ellis, two of the oldest survivors of the Tulsa race riots.
Feedback from the viewers had been supportive of the initiative. Nana Akosua Serwah Oyo, Director of Admissions on the Tutorial Metropolis famous that in her 20-year of keep in Ghana, this was the primary time she had ever witness an open dialogue occasion a couple of dialog that delved into the deep points round ‘the return’. She agreed with the necessity for a basic reeducation and re-awakening, noting that Ghanaians and different Africans typically used derogatory nicknames for African Individuals, mocking their slavery within the plantations.
An eminent Ghanaian, Charles Zwennes who’s of Afro – Caribbean and Ghanaian in his commentary additionally reiterated his admiration for the occasion. He expressed a view in assist of a reality and reconciliation course of to assuage and settle the sensation of abandonment felt by the compelled diaspora. He argued fervently that the view and context of forts and castles be reconsidered and that these constructions be known as for what they had been – warehouses for slavery.
BUGUMS are the fireplace chat occasion on the Institute of Worldwide Affairs, Ghana. It’s a platform that gives key gamers in Ghana’s Worldwide Affairs panorama alternatives to share recollections and classes from their profession and expertise. This explicit BUGUM was to commemorate Black Historical past Month.
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