Slavery Remembrance Day must be treated with urgent commitment to repair and teach – Paramount Chief of Cape Coast

Cape Coast – The Paramount Chief of Cape Coast Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, has called on Africans and those in the diaspora not to sweep under the carpet stories about the slave trade but to challenge themselves to face the reality of the atrocities committed against the forefathers who were victims of slavery and to ensure that it never happens again.

Chief of CC  Osabarima Kwesi Atta II

Paramount Chief of Cape Coast Traditional Area

“Never again not just for one people but for all people because any doctrine that suggests or promotes the myth or ideology that one race is chosen by GOD over another race is ignoring the lessons of the past and sowing seeds that were the genesis of the ‘hell of cost’ …[referred to as the]..Transatlantic Slave Trade,” he said.

Osabarima Kwesi Atta II said this on Saturday, April 13, in Cape Coast at an event to mark this year’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Members of the UCC History Students Association

Members of the University of Cape Coast History Students Association present the story of slavery

He said, “This Day of Remembrance must mark more than a ritual or symbolic exercise. It must be treated with urgent serious commitment for action to repair the damages done and teach the lessons learned to ensure that we never return to such savagery of behavior”.

He commended UNIC Accra for bringing alive the history back to where it started by organizing the event on the grounds of the Cape Coast Castle.

The event, supported by the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, the Kultur Studier and the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly, was under the theme: “Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation” and was attended by basic school pupils and teachers, University students, Chiefs, Africans from the Diaspora and a cross-section of the public. Other dignitaries at the event included Ms Vivian Etreh, Cape Coast Metropolitan Director of Education, and representatives of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board and the Kultur studier, Ghana.

Cross section of the audience

Cross section of the audience

Students of Bakatsir Methodist JHS enact slavery & emancipation

Students of Bakatsir Methodist JHS enact slavery & emancipation

There were performances by students of Bakatsir Methodist, St Monica’s, Pedu M/A “B” and Philip Quarcoo Boys Junior High Schools, as well as the University of Cape Coast History Students Association to depict their understanding of slavery and slave trade and the process of its abolition. From every indication, the students, through poems, theatre and dance, demonstrated a good understanding of a history that literally began from the shores of the Cape Coast beach.  The enactment on the forecourt of a Castle that once housed tens of thousands of slaves, sent chills down the spine of over 200 audience and onlookers who watched reminiscing the pain, torture and bravery of their ancestors.

Freedom dance performance by Philip Quarcoo Boys @ the forecourt of the CC Castle

Freedom dance performance by Philip Quarcoo Boys @ the forecourt of the CC Castle

The National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah read the UN Secretary General’s message. She later presented citations in recognition of the role and support of the schools and partners.