Attendees at the Full Circle Festival pose for a group photograph. Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture of Ghana
Attendees at the Full Circle Festival pose for a group photograph. Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture of Ghana

Some stakeholders have called for an end to actions that looked exploitative of Afro-Americans visiting African countries, seeking to reconcile with their ancestry.

Naa Juyoo Tsofayelo I, a traditional queen in the Ga state (Ghana’s capital) told Xinhua in an interview that such actions as charging descendants of enslaved Africans visiting certain historical sites in Ghana, as well as selling memorabilia to them at exorbitant prices caused a double agony to such visitors.

“Such acts are not only injurious to the sensibilities of Africans in the diaspora but also, inimical to the healing process for the entire which African race,” the queen said.

The United Nations Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO) has been collaborating with the government of Ghana to educate Africans and Afro-Americans in the history of slavery during the ‘Year of Return’ celebrations in Ghana to mark 400 years of the shipment of the first Africans to the United States of America (USA).

As part of the commemoration, many people of African descent from various parts of the world have been visiting Ghana to participate in a programmed process healing from the agonies of slavery.

“No one wants to pay money to go through pain, and just as we are in pain for what went on with slavery, those enslaved are also in pain for what they went through, so we all need shoulders to weep on,” she added.

The queen, therefore, urged the government of Ghana, UNESCO, and traditional authorities should collaborate to ensure that Afro-Americans no more pay for tracing back their roots and learning their history.

“There should be a distinction between tourists and family. Those who are coming to mourn, and those who are here to trace their ancestry are feeling re-victimized with over-inflated prices,” Izmira Violet Aitch, a US Congressional advisor also told Xinhua. Enditem

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