Accra, 28 March 2018 – Several students from three universities in Ghana took part in this year’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade commemorative event. The event was hosted by Ashesi University College in Berekuso, outside Accra.
There was an exhibition entitled “A Legacy of Black Achievement”, featuring 21 notable personalities from various backgrounds, eras, regions and disciplines who paved the way for civil and human rights. The students were very delighted and inspired to have identified three Ghanaian personalities amongst the list.
The film, “Familiar Faces, Unexpected Places: A Global African Diaspora”, was screened. The film highlights the countless Afro-communities found in unexpected parts of the world and shows how African descendants maintained elements of their common culture.
A lecturer in English and Literature at the Ashesi University College, Mr. Eli Tetteh, gave an expose on the theme of the Day which is “Slavery: Triumph and Struggles for Freedom and Equality.” Using popular culture, such as music and movies, Mr. Tetteh expatiated upon the elements of the slave trade and prejudice in modern times. He noted that “the global experience of blackness is interconnected” and asked the youth to reflect on these when they listen to music and watch movies. He further stressed on the need for us to study slavery and the slave trade from a broader perspective instead of limiting our focus on either the gains or the pains so that we can make informed choices and decisions in our interaction with people.
The occasion provided useful insight into the objectives of the Day, which are to “Inculcate in future generations the causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice” to prevent its re-occurrence. The students were very appreciative of the learning opportunity offered them by UNIC Accra through this event. Some of them committed to express their knowledge in writing. Read about the #RememberSlavery event from the students’ perspective.