500 Million Africans Who Died in Slavery Honored by The Paul Bogle and Black Restoration Foundation
This year’s event celebrated around the world mostly in Black countries in honor of hero, Paul Bogle was themed, “Lit 1 Million Candles to commemorate the memory of 500 million Africans who died in Slavery,”
The Paul Bogle Foundation in collaboration with Black Restoration Foundation have honored October 24, as the Day of Commemoration for all Africans who died as a result of Slavery at the Kumasi Cultural Center yesterday.
Paul Bogle, a Jamaican Baptist deacon and Activist was born around 1822. He was a firm political adherent who helped to shape the destiny of Blacks through mobilization of Africans to fight against slavery. Remembered for his role in the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion, he was captured and hanged on October 24, 1865 by the United Kingdom (Jamaica was a British colony) after his forceful demonstration.
His act paved the way for the establishment of just practices in the courts and it brought about a change in official attitude, which made possible the social and economic betterment of the people.
This year’s event celebrated around the world mostly in Black countries in honor of hero, Paul Bogle was themed, “Lit 1 Million Candles to commemorate the memory of 500 million Africans who died in Slavery,” a rite of passage performed to find rest for all the souls of ancestors who did not get a burial and to promote love and good-will among all Africans home and abroad.
Members of the Foundations trooped through the streets of Bantama holding sticks lit with fire believed to be a symbol of cleansing and purity, in order to create unification for the black race.
They were escorted with drums singing war songs and finally settled at the Komfo Anokye Roundabout. They poured libation in honor of the ancestors to cleanse, purge, purify and unite the peoples of the Black race.
“We are calling all who died in Africa, those who died on the land, in America or in the diaspora to come back to Africa together and unify us. We call them to bring prosperity to Africa. Be with us and back us. We are restoring Africa, let the glory of the whole world come to Ghana and Africa,” he called.
According to the Otumfuo Ntahera and Head of the 10 clans, Nana Yaw Frimpong, this year’s durbar was the second of a kind after the Jamaican community presented the idea on the need to honor the day. He debriefed that October 24 is revered to uncover the hard work of Paul Bogle and all Africans who fought the fight for Africa's Independence.
“Our walk is to bring to light the works of Paul Bogle as the first Black man who commenced the fight of freedom.
He enlightened that the reason for walking on the streets with sticks lit with fire is a demonstration of a new beginning and togetherness among Blacks.
“Lightening the Fire means cleansing and fire also mean purity, in order to create a unification of the black race. We later burnt the sticks together to create a spiritual cleaning,” he added.