My Reflection The ‘Curb View Of Ghana And The Year Of Return Part One

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My Reflection: The ‘Curb View Of Ghana And The Year Of Return.

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The ‘Curb has the awesome opportunity to travel to Accra, Ghana for the year of return. The Year of Return marked 400 years since Africans were kidnapped from their homes and  were sold as product, used for cheap labor and treated less than a human being.  The torture tactics caused not only physical damage but left a large amount of psychological damage. (We will definitely explore that in part two.) The President of Ghana opened the “doors” to all of the Africans in the diaspora to return to one of our points of origin.
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Forget about everything that you have heard about Ghana and approach this read with an open mind.

First, Ghana was definitely an awesome experience. (Ghana was super litt! The people are beautiful. The people are so welcoming, the vibe is super dope.) Every one of African descent regardless of where you reside now must visit any part of Africa. It’s important.

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Being an American with some Caribbean roots, You’ll see so many similarities in our cultures and recognize that we have different tribes, but we are all one people. (It’s crazy how we pour out liquor for the homies that ain’t here. But, in Ghana, there are customs where liquor is poured to honor the ancestors. Coincidence?)

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The dances are absolutely similar. I was able to fit in and grab a couple of steps myself! To watch the men throw money at women dancing reminded me of what I saw on television!

(I am lying! You know most of us have been to a “gentlemen’s club” a time or two. Nah, maybe three or four! Don’t judge me it’s part of my genetic make up being of African descent.)

 

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The other similarities that I observed were how the Africans (Ghanaians in this case) were treated. Many men were enlisted to fight for the British in World War One and risked their lives to fight and many died. But, those soldiers that survived were not paid a cent even though they were promised to be paid. It’s unfortunate that those actions happened with many men in this diaspora. If you aren’t familiar, then learn about the “Buffalo Soldier.” (Yeah, Robert Nesta Marley.) Those actions happened in Africa, in the Caribbean islands and the Americas.

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You’re stretching it, Kavah. You gotta relax. 

Segregation is a real thing that happened especially in Accra, Ghana.  The colonialist whites stayed in certain parts of Accra and the  Ghanian natives were forbidden to remain in that area.

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A mirror. A clear mirror at that. The newer hospitals the men and women were forbidden to be treated. It mirrored accurately what happened to Black Americans in the United States and the Caribbean.

What I didn’t know how influential W.E.B. Dubois was to the county of Ghana. Dubois served as a personal advisor to  Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah. Also, I did not know the influence of Marcus Mosiah Garvey and the Black Star in Ghana’s flag is a result of Garvey’s movement. Ghana has a very rich history before the trade routes and slave dungeons.
(We will get a bit more into the slave dungeons in the next post.)
The trip reminded me how important it is to learn
WEB Dubois library was incredible! There were books that I never knew existed! (Low key, I started learning Latin. Just because I went to this museum. No funny.
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Until next time, it’s The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way. If you have any comments, feel free to drop a line. If you want to contact us privately please email kavah.king@gentlemenscurb.com. Stay tuned for part two.

2 Comments

  1. Delores Pearson
    January 6, 2020 / 7:48 pm

    Great article thanks for sharing this awesome experience.

    • GentlemensCurb
      Author
      January 10, 2020 / 8:26 am

      Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share! You are greatly appreciated. I hope that you will come back to read part two.

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