Author: Jeevan A. Robinson | Date: 24 February 2017
In a recent article,
writer Edgar Nkosi White stated; “Greed is global. It
has no country, it has only interest.”
Having read those words from Edgar, it has given me the impetus to pen part 3 of my feature series sharing the experience of my visit to Cape Coast Castle, the former slave holding enclave in Ghana, West Africa.
Today I will be speaking about the “Condemned Cell.” A place inside the former slave fortress where death roamed and freedom was repelled.
I recounted Edgar’s words, for to me, they summed up masterfully the driving force behind why men of God, as they pronounced themselves to be, took to treating fellow human beings - even though of a darker shade than them – with such ferocious animosity and lack of care.
The treatment of our Ancestors is an everlasting stain upon the world that today, in modern times, to debate offering an unconditional apology for slavery, is akin to an ungodly conscience that equates human suffering to superficial interests.
The “Condemned Cell” inside Cape Coast Castle was a place where male slaves who rebelled against their capture and their captors were sent to die a very agonizing death.
It is known that male slaves bounded by chains inside the Castle awaiting transfer, did not simply subdue their will and their freedom to their European captors, but instead they fought back aggressively using the very chains they were bounded by as makeshift weapons. In the process they injured and harmed many of the officers who were charged with ensuring their obedience.
Such aggressive male slaves were sent into this darkened dungeon of the “condemned cell” where their only purpose there was to die of heat, hunger, disease and lack of sunlight.
The condemned cell was a dungeon where once hurled inside, the most likely exit was our Ancestors’ dead bodies being removed. This act of savagery was inflicted so that other rebellious male slaves would subdue their zest for freedom and retaliation against their captors.
When entering the condemned cell on my visit to Cape Coast Castle. it plunged
you into a deep darkness and a blistering heat that engulfed all of your being.
There is no light. No windows. No crevice to draw fresh air. No sight of life.
Only the haunting prospect of death.
Such was the fate of male slaves who rebelled before being shipped off to the New World to endure hard labour.
The soul of the man who dared to make a stand for his basic right to be free was quashed on the soil of his own land, where he himself once was free.
View Video below of the Condemned Cell being explained:
Jeevan Robinson is Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Marketing, News & Information Media – MNI Alive Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org