Me: It’s been so long since I’ve been home. Everything looks so different.
Momma: Yes my child. Things are very different now.
Me: I’m glad to be home. I didn’t realize how much I missed home until I came back.
Momma: *smiles* My child, I’ve missed you more than you know. I’m glad to have you back where you belong.
Though Ghana is not my home country, it serves as the imagined homeland for me due to the forced migration of my ancestors from West Africa. This blog post serves as a reflection to my experience at the Cape Coast and Elmina Slave Castles and my overall emotional experience as an African descendant who has returned to the Motherland.
This post is “in everlasting memory of the anguish of our ancestors. May those who died rest in peace. May those who return find their roots. May humanity never again perpetrate such injustice against humanity. We, the living, vow to uphold this.”
~ Memorial Stone at Cape Coast and Elmina Slave Castles
“Lord, please be with me”.
This line was the one thing continuously going through my mind during the Cape Coast Slave Castle tour. Perhaps the same request made by my ancestors when they were being enslaved and stripped of their humanity. It is something about being in the same physical space my ancestors were in that caused me to experience every emotion at once. I was angry, bitter, frightened, and saddened. Words cannot fully explain my emotions listening to the things my ancestors endured for weeks or months leading up to their journey to America.
Although the Cape Coast Slave Castle tour created moments where I was confused and seeking answers concerning my purpose in the world, it was the Elmina Slave Castle tour that allowed me to experience moments of clarity. Moments of clarity that confirmed all my efforts and desires to cultivate a better world. I could let the history of slavery and the present-day occurrence of racism deter me or I could like them be the fuel to my fire. The fire that will positively impact society and create radical change. Traveling to various national sites like the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and the W.E.B. Dubois Centre has put me in the mindset of striving to be an influential leader like they were. My only goal in life is affect the world for the better by creating effective policies that help people socially, politically, and financially. My studies in Africana and Sociology have prepared me to be able to critically assess my trip in Ghana and I will use my cultural connections to physical spaces like the slave castles to aid me in my journey.
Thank you, Ghana, for being location to my life-changing experiences!