Africans will have to by no means once more allow themselves to be subjected to the dehumanizing stipulations underneath which slavery was once performed, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo stated on Monday.
He stated Africans must make stronger their dedication to making sure that that blot at the Continent’s historical past didn’t repeat itself.
President Akufo-Addo made the decision on Monday at an tournament arranged through the Kenyan Chief Uhuru Kenyatta, at the sidelines of the continued 32nd Abnormal Consultation of the Meeting of the African Union (AU), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Describing the slave business as “one of the unlucky and barbaric episodes of human historical past,” the President stated the commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the graduation of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Business was once to acknowledge the truth that Africans will have to by no means permit themselves to be dehumanized and be offered into slavery.
He famous that the just about 12.five million Africans from Central and West Africa offered into slavery had their freedoms curtailed to construct and create wealth for the peoples of unknown lands the place they had been despatched.
“As although this was once now not sufficient, the Continent needed to bear centuries of being colonized through the similar individuals who undertook the slave business. The identification and character of the African had been assaulted, and the imprints of imperialism and colonialism woven deeply into the material of our lives,” he stated.
President Akufo-Addo said that as Africa honored the 400th anniversary of the arriving of the primary West African slaves within the Commonwealth of Virginia, in what due to this fact turned into the US of The united states, “now we have a sacred accountability and an exhausting duty to assist repair the honor and pleasure of the African.”
“We’re a continent of a few 1.three billion folks, greater than both the populations of Europe or the Americas; we’re an enterprising, hardworking and leading edge folks, and we should make it rely.”
President Akufo-Addo informed the collection that Ghana was once the usage of the symbolism of 2019, dubbed: the “Yr of Go back,” to deliver in combination Africans, individuals of African descent, and all well-wishers and fanatics of freedom to make stronger the dedication to making sure that slavery by no means took place once more at the Continent.
Ghana kicked-off the “Yr of Go back,” an tournament to present recent impetus to unite the folks within the Diaspora with their kindred in Africa, with its release in Washington D.C, in October 2018.
This was once adopted through the Complete Circle Competition final December, the place greater than 70 African American celebrities visited Ghana to reconnect with their African heritage.
The “Yr of Go back” would commemorate the 400th yr of the bizarre sacrifices, achievements and contributions Africans within the Diaspora made to the lives of the American citizens.
President Akufo-Addo stated the celebs, who participated within the Complete Circle Competition, had been ready to view Ghana and, certainly, Africa from their very own lenses and had been ready to “Consume, Really feel, See and Put on Ghana”.
The Again-2-Africa Competition, the House Coming and Funding Summit, the African-American Funding Discussion board, and the Pan-African and Emancipation Day Celebrations are one of the vital actions that may be held to commemorate the year-long tournament.
The commemoration, President Akufo-Addo famous, “will have to permit us, within the African Union, to consolidate and make stronger our hyperlinks with our 6th Area, i.e. the African Diaspora of the so-called ‘New International,’ that have laid dormant, and make operational and lengthen the Loose Motion Protocol to these within the Diaspora searching for to resettle in Africa.”
Taking a look ahead to welcoming folks from the Continent and from the Diaspora to Ghana, he indicated that; “Now’s the time to have interaction each and every different extra undoubtedly, and imbibe in ourselves a deep awareness and working out of the historical past of the African peoples.”
“We, in Ghana, will be sure that the point of interest of actions commemorating the arriving of the primary African slaves in Virginia showcases the achievements, creativity, ingenuity and resilience of the African peoples throughout the ages,’ he added.
Africans, President Akufo-Addo added, “should be happy with our wealthy heritage, a heritage which encompasses the traditional Kingdoms of Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kongo, Mali, Mutapa, Songhai and Zimbabwe, and the world-renowned centres of finding out of the College of Al Azhar within the 10th century, and the College of Sankore in Timbuktu within the 13th century. I’m proud to be an African.”