Slave Trade stifled Africa’s development; payment of slavery reparations to Africa long overdue – Prez Akufo Addo

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Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo argues the Slave Trade stifled Africa’s economic, cultural, and psychological advancement.

President Akufo-Addo said reparations for Africa and the African diaspora are overdue during a summit on August 1, 2022.

He lamented that reparations “only became a discussion” for Africa and Africans.

According to the President, when the British stopped slavery, all enslaved Africans’ owners got 20 million pounds sterling in reparations, the equivalent of 20 billion today, but enslaved Africans themselves received nothing. In the U.S., slave owners earned $300 per slave, while slaves received nothing.

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Haiti had to compensate French slaveholders $21 billion in 1825 for the Haitian Revolution, the first in the Americas and the Caribbean to liberate slaves.

Native Americans have received and continue to receive reparations; Japanese-American families jailed in internment camps in America during World War II got compensation. Jews who died in Hitler’s concentration camps got compensation, including house grants and help.

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“It’s time for Africa, whose 20 million sons and daughters were enslaved, to get reparations,” he said.

While underlining that no amount of money will repair the harm inflicted by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and its effects, the President said, “It is time to reignite and deepen the talks concerning reparations for Africa.” “It’s past time.”

He advised Summit attendees not to unduly focus on reparations payment methods, but rather to achieve reparations’ fairness.

“Even before these conversations on reparations end, the whole continent of Africa deserves a solemn apology from the European countries participating in the slave trade for the crimes and harm it has brought to the African people, psyche, image, and character,” the president continued.

President Akufo-Addo asked the African Union to interact with “our kith and kin from the diaspora” and establish a unified front to progress restitution.

“Reparations discourse must emphasize racial reconciliation.” We must recover from past wrongs to capitalize on future opportunities,” he continued.

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