​CAPE COAST 

Our first moments of a new at the beach.

“That was so cruel” I exclaimed to my friend Markson upon my return from the famous Elmina castle apparently in disapproval of the inhumane treatment metted out to slaves there.

Markson, though a Nigerian had lived some part of his life in Ghana. Typical of Nigerians, he is adventurous and has exceptional skills and ideas for business. 

I had the privilege of beginning my year with three great friends, Bethan and Sam (siblings from England) and of course, Markson in Cape Coast in the central region of Ghana. 

After months of uninterrupted studies, coupled with community service (services preventive nurses render to mostly deprived communities while in school to improve learning), the life in me seemed to have been sucked out. 

After about 6-7 hours of what seemed like a never-ending journey, we finally made it to cape coast late in the evening. It was December 31st, 2016. We checked into a somewhat wooden guest house only to discover later that the facility was called “BAOBAB GUESTHOUSE“. “This is surely going to be one hell of a time here”, i said to myself bursting with excitement. I knew I had to make every moment count. 

We had two nights scheduled for the visit, heavy eyes and tired bodies was all we were left with after such a long travel but that was not enough justification to miss the evening amble. We caught a wink in baobab (the guesthouse we lodged) and later stroll the busy noisy streets of cape coast during this festive season. 

This one experience I couldnt have shared until now. And because it has taken month before writing, I want to focus on more specific areas of that trip.
THE ELMINA CASTLE

The castle has a very big compound.

The castle which is now 535 years old this year was said to be established by the Portuguese in 1482. The thickness and height of its walls depicts a magnificent industrial company but instead this was used to trade humans. I’ve been taught many times in school, heard many stories and read quite a number of literature relating to the slave trade but none can be compared to seeing, touching and walking in the very edifice this cold-blooded treatment took place.  Seeing truly makes believing more concrete and easy.

Some of the chains that have been left for exhibition purposes

We had a very brilliant chaperone who knew so much about the story and preached it just as it must be told.  I was very touched and understood how that has contributed to the state of the African continent in present day. Human resource being the most relevant among other natural resources were swept off the continent into cruel and unequivocally detestable lifestyles. 

View of the surrounding from the top of the castle

Let me share some statistic I’ve researched on.
Destination of  Enslaved Africans (15191867

Destination and percentage

Portuguese America 38.5%

British America (minus North America) 18.4%

Spanish Empire 17.5%

French Americas 13.6%

British North Americas 6.5%

English Americas 3.3%

Dutch West Indies 2.0%

Danish West Indies 0.3%
Enslaved people imported to those regions that are part of presentday USA.

(Date and officialNumbers)
1620-1650  *  824

1651-1675  *  0

1676-1700  *  3,327

1701-1725  *  3,277

1726-1750  *  34,004

1751-1775  *  84,580

1776-1800  *  67,443

1801-1825  *  109,545

1851-1850  *  1,850

1851-1866  *  476

(Sourced from www.elminacastle.info )

Dont just analyze the numbers as you do to mathematical algebra. This numbers represent humans with blood in their veins and more importantly our great grandparents. 

But the part I love most is this ITS BEEN ABORLISHED!!

 Now the black and the white race can learn to coexist as one people with none seeing the other to superior and the other less of a human. Lucky Dube nailed it well in his song Different colours. 

It’s all history now-its time to move on and put what is past behind us. The presence of melanin in skin of one and absent in another is too less to counteract the billion similarities the black and white race have in common. 

THE FUN

Mango and Passion buddies

Sometimes all we really need as humans is to allow ourselves to mingle with nature. The breeze and sounds of the waves of the sea while at the beach can melt every bit of sadness and pain you’ve clinched to for a long time.The timing of the moment was perfect, music was all over the beach, hundreds of both citizens and foreigners flood the beach sand. 

It was then I understood how Tony DeLiso was felt when he said Happiness is part of who we are and  joy is the feeling. 

Bethan enjoying the breeze and the calculated motion of the wave. A sight to behold.

There are not many times of fun we will have in our entire lifetime thats why every moment we get the chance to have it, we must make it count.

FRIENDSHIP

Cape Coast Castle standing and viewing from the first floor.

I appreciated the fact that we were three nationalities dwelling together in the same crevice. As a young writer, I appreciate pictures for the beauty and for how much alive they make a written work. I’ve attached a couple for your delight.

The breeze from the beach can solve your stress problems.
This room was once a dungeon and above it was a church. To me this created a heaven a hell scenario.
Taking a panoramic view from the upper floor of the castle
Beth and I in front of the late President Atta Mills Library.
Sam cooling off

WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF THIS ARTICLE?
This has simply taught me the importance of leisure. If foreigners could spend hundreds of cedis to visit our tourist attractions and to spend time with the people they love, what are we natives doing?
We can’t be busy working all the time. We’ve got to take some time off our so called busy schedules and rest the very bodies we incarcerate into doing such works.

I love leisure and its more worth it with the right people around. 

Max.Sam,Bethan and myself Beks are still keeping touch and looking forward to more fun in the near future.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. FRANCIS ANANI-AMEKO says:

    Wow!!!
    Bravo. You are such a marvelous writer.
    I have been wanting to visit your blog to read your write ups but pressure from my Master degree thesis won’t permit me. Now that I have finished I thought it wise to come and read some of your articles, honestly, I didn’t regret.
    Keep it up.

    Like

  2. Beth says:

    Bro Harry!!
    I loved re-living our Cape Coast adventure through your blog post, you’ve captured it so well. You are such an amazing writer with so much passion. Grateful that we are friends 🙂 Miss you! Beth

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Harry Bekoe says:

      I’m glad to hear that. Thank you.

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