Time to Settle the Bill for Centuries of Slavery” – Ghanaian President Calls for Reparations at UN


Slave Trade Reparations– Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, made a compelling demand for the payment of reparations to African nations during his address at the United Nations General Assembly. He emphasized the need to address the historical injustices stemming from the transatlantic slave trade, asserting that it was high time for this topic to be brought to the forefront of global discussions.

President Akufo-Addo highlighted that the world had, for centuries, been unwilling and unable to confront the profound consequences of the transatlantic slave trade. He unequivocally stated that Europe and the United States had been built upon the immense wealth extracted from the suffering and exploitation of those who endured the horrors of the slave trade.

While acknowledging that no amount of money could truly compensate for the immense suffering inflicted during the slave trade, President Akufo-Addo firmly stated that reparations were an essential step in acknowledging the millions of Africans who were subjected to forced labor without compensation.

This is not the first time that President Akufo-Addo has raised the issue of reparations. In the past, he called for a formal apology from European nations involved in the slave trade and urged the African Union to collaborate with the diaspora to advance the cause of reparations.

The transatlantic slave trade, which impacted millions of Africans, stands as one of the largest forced migrations in history and a grievous episode of inhumanity, according to the United Nations. It spanned over 400 years and dispersed Africans to various regions of the world. Ghana played a pivotal role as one of the departure points for many of those who were enslaved in West Africa

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