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Thursday, March 22, 2007
The Joseph Project
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are. - David C. McCullough
The current issue of New African has a great spread on Ghana, one of the articles that caught my attention was about an innovative programme launched by the Ghanaian government called The Joseph Project
The Joseph Project is part of an elaborate plan to establish Ghana as the homeland for Africans in the diaspora. The project takes its name from the story of the Biblical Joseph who was sold into slavery.
Ghana is using the 50th anniversary of its independence which coincides with the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, to reach out to Africans in the diaspora to return to the motherland and help in its development.
So what is Nigeria doing considering Badagry was a major slavery port?
A brief history lesson:
In the early 1500's, slaves were transported from West Africa to America through Badagry. It is reported that Badagry exported no fewer than 550,000 African slaves to America during the period of the American Independence in l787.
As usual Ghana is leading the way while Nigeria is still looking for the way...