Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has said the payment of reparations to Africans for the damage caused by the slave trade centuries ago is “long overdue”.
Akufo-Addo in a series of tweets re-iterated a speech he made at a summit on reparations and racial healing that laid out the case for money to be paid to the continent.
“It is time for Africa, 20 million of whose sons and daughters had their freedoms curtailed and sold into slavery, also to receive reparations,” he said
Besides the reparations, he said, “entire continent of Africa deserves a formal apology from the European nations involved in the slave trade for the crimes and damage it has caused to the population, psyche, image, and character of the African the world over”.
The president of Ghana said the slave trade’s effects were “devastating” to the continent and the diaspora and that the entire slavery period stifled “Africa’s economic, cultural and psychological progress”.
The Ghanaian leader said the subject of reparations “becomes a debate” only when it comes to Africa and Africans, noting that the so-called owners of enslaved Africans had received reparations.
He cited Jewish survivors of the Holocaust as having received reparations, as well as native Americans “who have received and continue to receive reparations”
Akufo-Addo urged the African Union to engage the diaspora to advance the reparations cause.