Monday, June 21, 2010
Lessons on a tour of Badagry
Sometimes, discourses of the Atlantic Slavery are made to sound foreign and unreal. Not so with Kola Tobusun, who in his visit to Badagry, an old West African Slave port, saw first hand the pride exuded by some of those Africans who sold their kin, the African capitalists, who amassed fortunes from the inhuman system. Here is Kola:
"Ruled by white-cap feudal chiefs originally from Dahomey, with a strong military empowered by the proceeds of slavery, Badagry lays claim to having sold millions of people captured from parts of Nigeria to the Portuguese and other European traders who came in droves in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries."
Perhaps, the true African Renaissance begins from the moment we begin to explore our ethical obligations to one another.