GCA and MMG Foundation Series Of Lectures.
GCA and MMG Foundation Series of Lectures themed Africa and Her Diaspora. Let the conversation begin
Prof. Lincoln Yeboah Sampong
Prof. Emmanuel Kwaku Senah
Prof. Senah first identifies some of the many West African residuals in the West Indies and South America. He shows the iconic nature of these in the context of the African story in the Americas. He mentions Haiti, Suriname, and Jamaica, then settles upon Trinidad.
He identifies the peculiar history of Trinidad and why it was able to exhibit so many African retentions. He then focusses upon the RADA which is the generic name for the Ewe people in Trinidad – the name being a French corruption of the name of the ancient Ewe Kingdom of Allada.
He then focusses upon the Ewe in Trinidad. He mentions names and the significant incidents associated with those names then settles upon the Port of Spain Rada Community who were led by Agbojevi, Padonu, Alorkusu, Dovi and Kunu. He details how the Community in Port of Spain was established and how it survived all the hostilities of the colonial state.
The lecturer then concludes by delving into the SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE RADA and how these should inform our understanding of the African diaspora. This he insists is a precondition to a meaningful dialogue between Africa and her diaspora.
He ends by informing the audience that the Rada Community in Trinidad is planning a Pilgrimage to Ghana and should, hopefully, visit Ghana in this Year of Return, in late this year or early next year.
Prof. Sampong chooses the topic – “What is Africa to me? (subtitled) - Confronting anti African narratives in the history of Dominican Republic.”
He gives a broad general background of racism, focusing on the 400 years of chattel slavery that deprived Africans and their descendants of their humanity in a world system that made all black people an underclass. There were struggles that confronted this apparent injustice. Haiti comes to mind in this struggle. He then gives us a short background to the nature of anti Africanity in the Dominican Republic, its contradictions and absurdities.
He finally shares his academic journey, using the most authoritative historical text in Dominican Republic as the principal source, to mathematically prove that the African was ever visible in the political and social history of Dominican Republic.
He concludes that the struggle against racism is everywhere and it is the duty of educated people – as enlightened people - to lead the struggle for a world that would not tolerate racism.
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