John 8:32 KJV
For ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The stories told, stories half told, stories untold, stories that can't be told, stories yet to be told, if ever, which way ever it be told tell the TRUTH.
2 Gold Coast, Slave Coast and now Ghana, located where the Equator meets the GMT Ghana
Man’s Time, X marks the spot hence centre of the world. Blessed beyond measure with so many natural resources, hence the name Gold Coast but the tag Slave Coast cast a dark cloud that has turned our sunshine into night hence the many sleep with eyes wide shut so the children cry hunger and all they see is poverty in the modern day Ghana it makes one wonder why?
You just cannot play a role that has contributed to so much sufferings in structuring and
shaping the modern world and still expect to be blessed or even notice your blessings.
400 yrs. ago, there was a trade, and we all know that it takes more than one to trade and the
pointing of fingers needs to stop and the truth be told so we all can be free from our various
enslavements be it economic, political, physical, mental or spiritual.
There's a saying by the Asantes that goes, “ Nipa aa ɔtwa kwan no ɛnim sɛ nɛkyi akyea”
(The pacesetter doesn't know how crooked their path behind them is).
We gave away our best, thinking we were riding our burdens and troubles for alcohol, cloth,
gun, mirror, etc. and now they come back to bless our curses and we sell them yet for patens again.
Most Africans know the story from the capturing and kidnapping of individuals who were held
captive and sent to slave markets and further down to the slave coast and transported overseas to unknown lands.
The Slaves have their stories to tell, from when they were captured, sold on, further and further away from home and to think this is just the beginning. The torture, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
On the other hand, the slave owner’s interest in huge profits in returns through forced labour
and sales by any means necessary.
The journey to the land beyond the seas and the quality of life that awaited the captured is
beyond one’s imagination unless it is told.
The documentary’s main subject is about the totality of the slave story.
The stories of eleven illustrious slaves and direct descendants of slaves who excelled even in adversity will be told through three main sequences. Every sequence will reveal a lot of truths of the slave trade and the quality of lives the slaves endured.
Dramatization of the capturing of various individuals, the journey on foot through the slave
routes, their last baths, the waiting period in the dungeons/castles, the ordeals of the middle
passage on board the ships, sold on the blocks to the plantations to till soils, culture, lifestyle, food and treatments they knew nothing about.
These characters take us through the documentary from the point of capture through life as a slave through to its abolition and life after and as offspring of slave ancestors.
John Casor [Kusunoni & Kutrawoni] 1654
We trace the life story of John Casor whose original name may have been Kusunoni from
Paga in the northern part of Ghana. In the film we catch a glimpse of his life as a skilled
hunter before he was captured on that same fateful day his lover [Kutrawoni] also was.
Through them we see how ordinary persons were captured and the ordeal they went
through as they journeyed to the land of the unknown to become slaves.
Who was kidnapped with her mother in Akyee Ase (Under the Achee Tree). Through her
story we see where she came from, the rape ordeals she went through. Her life in the
dungeon and her journey on the ship. We see her mother in pain as they both live as
captives though separated and unable to help each other. Through the progression of
her life we see her as Queen Nanny, a maroon leader and an obeah woman (ɔkɔmfu
baa/priestess) in Jamaica during the 17th century. Worth to also mention that she's
featured on the second highest denomination in Jamaica the 500-dollar bill.
There are also stories of SAM SHARP, BREFFU/BRIFFU, BUSSA from the Igbo land,
AKUA A.K.A. (CUBAH CORNWALLIS 1750) THE QUEEN OF KINGSTON, TAKYI/TACKY
(1760) himself a slave trader in his Kingdom later conquered and taken as one, KOFI
BADU/CUFFY, JULIEN FEDON great grandson of [KUTRAWONI], HARRIET TUBMAN the
YAA ASANTEWAA of U.S. who quote “I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a
thousand more if only they knew they were slaves”. Last but not the least,
MARCUS MOSIA GARVEY JR. was born in Jamaica in 18 hundred. During the 1920s, his
Universal Negro Improvement Association had 20 million members worldwide, making
it the biggest black mass movement in history.
Garvey's project was to bring the black peoples of Africa and the diaspora back in touch
with the modern world, after they had been cut off by slavery and colonialism. He felt
that black people historically were once masters of the universe, slavery was "a mere
interruption", and now it was time for black people to organise like other ethnic groups
and build a strong power base.
He led black Americans out of the wilderness of self-hatred and despair. In an age of
global independence, Garvey was ahead of his time. He saw the future world being
divided into racial and economic blocks. A world where there would never be a G8
without a black face. When Garvey shouted "Up you mighty race", he was never a black
version of the BNP. He was simply reminding his oppressed audience that their
ancestors (from Africa down the Nile) were the source energy for all mankind.
Garvey was adamant that black people should be at the forefront of everything,
Black and white children would benefit from knowing the Garvey story. He was the first
to construct a new ideal for Africans in Europe and America: free from mental slavery,
anti-intellectualism, victim mentality and self-hate. It isn't surprising that fellow
Jamaican Bob Marley, who sang Garvey's words "emancipate yourself from mental
slavery, none but ourselves can free our own minds", would keep the Garvey legacy alive.
An edited article in the Guardian UK Tue 14th October 2008 by Tony Sewell title The
architect of a world of free minds.
This docudrama will not only use conflicting evidence to put forward the various arguments
about slave trade. But will also state clearly what has been stereotyped by Africans in the
diaspora about Africans on the continent and vice versa.
The 400 years of slavery has now ended and the gates are wide opened, arms wide stretched and hearts like the door of return wide open, waiting for the stolen ones to come home.
Forgive us for not chasing after them hard enough, forgive us for not fighting them hard
enough, forgive us for trusting they had your best interests at heart.They took you across the pond, the waves drowned your cries, drowned your screams for help.The waters left no traces for your tears to aid in tracking you, forgive us wai? Sorry, Kafra, Due,
Due ne Amanehunu. Akwaaba… Atuuu..
Budget / Fundraising
This project is going to be very capital intensive and as part to raise funds apart from seeking sponsorships, funding’s and grants, we are looking to auction off some 50 pieces of art made with shells, stones and pebbles from the centre of the world. Each art piece is decorated with a very rare naturally red shell and they are exclusively one of a kind collector’s item called the RED SHELL COLLECTIONS.
Thank you all for your time and also the MMG Foundation for adopting us as one of their own and willing to work with us on this all the way.
Looking forward to the task ahead. Bless