The 400-year-old slave route story: Ghanaians open up on sad experiences

The 400-year-old slave route story: Ghanaians open up on sad experiences

- The chief of Adidwan, a town in Ghana, Nana Assenso, has opened up on how the slave trade tore his family apart

- According to him, his two relatives, Kwame Badu and Kofi Aboagye, were captured and sold into slavery

- Standing before a family grave, he recalls how his relatives were transported across the Atlantic Ocean and never returned

Ghana’s version of the slave trade that rocked the African continent 400 years ago has within it sad details some may not want to easily recall.

Four centuries later, some Ghanaians relive the experience in the minds, remembering how it tore families apart and caused some to relocate and forever remain abroad.

Nana Assenso is one of the Ghanaians who remembers family members who suffered similar fates.

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Now aged 68 and the chief of Adidwan, he stands before a family grave and recalls stories told him about how slavery tore his family apart.

In the month of August, 400 years ago, the first set of slaves arrived in North America and were tasked to work on plantations.

YEN.com.gh understands that many other Africans were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean.

Per a classfmonline.com report, most lost their lives as the conditions on the slave boats were not the best.

The survivors, history shows, endured a life of misery and ill-health on American farms.

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However, some of them endured torture even before they crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

They were compelled to march along dirt tracks for about 200 kilometers to the slave castles for onward transport to the ships that took them away.

In another report, the ministry of energy will soon start a street lighting project to ensure that Accra is properly lit, especially in the evening.

The move is also intended to help replace streetlights on major roads in the capital with smart and intelligent ones run by technology.

In Sulemana Abubakari’s opinion, the task of maintaining the street lights are not entirely the responsibility of the ministry, but a collective one of all Ghanaians.

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