Slavery Denialism in Africa

I’m happy more and more Africans are awakening to accept the truth about our own responsibilities in slavery in Africa and colonisation of Africa.

Acknowledging our ancestors weaknesses and crimes would be a huge step in healing the African trauma, the pervasive sense of irresponsibility, but more importantly to create space to teach future generation values we wish for.

Every time I’d post anything about the Ashanti and other African tribes proactive role in the transatlantic slave trade, the Akan people from current day Ghana would come to attack me with hate messages.

I’d like to share in the image below an excerpt from the book ‘Work of a woman, by former First Lady of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, who acknowledges the historical facts.

The Ashanti most of the time would captured too many people through their never ending wars to sell to the white, but have to wait for months for the white ship to come back.

Fact is, it was not only the Ashanti. The Fon, the Igbo and many many tribes were willing and proactive participants in the slave trade.

With the Arabs, the Bambara, the Mossi, the Fulani, Haussa were huge Islamic slave traders.

Many nations have acknowledged their past crimes to upstart a healing process for the future.

The current Africans denialism is hurting all of us, and sabotaging our common future.

When I see so many Africans happy helping so called foreign investors to take over African lands, ressources just to get nice mirrors into their home or buy second hand cars, one must be blind not to deduct that those same people would be happy to sell their fellows Africans if slave trade would resume tomorrow.

White slave traders were investors. Remember!

2 Responses to “Slavery Denialism in Africa”

  1. Momiette

    Hi Mawuna,

    I totally agree with everything you said in this article… but my problem is that whenever people talk about africans responsibility in the slave trade they fail to mention that there also many resistants… in fact there were more anti slavery revolts in Africa than in the Caribbean as demonstrated by Kehinde Andrews.

    Yes, we need to hold ourselves accountable but also let us not forget that some of our ancestors have tried hard to stop that awful commerce.



  2. jeanbonkar


    Word and concept are strictly european

    Slave etymology

    From medieval Latin sclavus meaning “Slavic” in the 7th century and taking the meaning of “slave” in the 10th century. The Slavs in the Balkans were traded intensively from the early Middle Ages. This term was probably born by regressive formation from * sclavone (“Slavic”) taken for an accusative and derived from the Old Slavic словѣнинъ, slověninŭ (“Slavic”).
    On an identical basis, and for the same linguistic and commercial reasons, medieval Greek created σκλάβος, sklávos (“slave”) and σλαβικός, slavikós (“slave”). At the same time, the Latin servus specialized to designate the serfs who, although they were also in a relationship of dependence vis-à-vis the lord, were not totally devoid of rights, unlike slaves ( in law, a serf remains a human being, but the slave is one thing).


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