Today we went to Elmina, a Portuguese slave castle created in the 1400s. Originally the castle was created to hold goods such as gold and ivory. Around the 1500s, it became a castle for slaveholding. Elmina was controlled by the Portuguese, the Dutch, and the British until Ghana’s independence.
Elmina was truly an experience. I could FEEL the spirit of the slaves and was overcome by some serious emotional heaviness. It’s difficult to explain the emotions; the spirit of the female slave quarters where rebellious (meaning that they wouldn’t sleep with the Captain) enslaved women had cannonballs tied to their legs and were starved until they gave in or died, or the spirit of the area where once you walk through “the door of no return” and see the place where 20 million enslaved Africans saw their last sight of Ghana…there’s just no way to explain it.
After Elmina, we went to the Esteem Kofi and Adjoa guesthouse for lunch and had fabulous food! Adjoa is an American woman who moved to Ghana with her husband and built a house and guesthouse before he died last year. She’s so amazingly smart and beautiful; it did the spirit well to go to Esteem after Elmina. After Esteem, we went to Brenu Beach and everyone had a good time. I personally didn’t get in the water, but it was beautiful and conversation was great.
Although the day started extremely heavy with the weight of the souls of enslaved Africans, our descendants, the day ended beautifully with the sun and sea kissing our skin. Sometimes you can be angry with the way that so many lives are destroyed by inequalities, greed, and injustices, but it means that we must embrace the world with love and force our lives to be informed by equity, selflessness, and advocacy. Be the change you want to see in the world, rather than just complain about it. The weight of your ancestors souls should rest on your heart in all your interactions with others, as the enslaved Africans souls weighed on mine at Elmina today.
~Ekua (Wednesday-born) bka Aria H.~