The Royal African Company was a name I’m sure, was never mentioned in Black History lessons to millions of black children attending history classes, worldwide! Founded in 1660, it had disguised as a company that would trade in cotton and wool! It had passed with its registration documents with the body responsible for registering companies in England and Wales of those days.
But the question that had kept my thoughts baffled for all these years I had become a personal, moral-thinking agent remains: "Do you find wool tropical climates, on the coast of West Africa? Or are its indigenous peoples, sheep?"
The country of Nigeria had been responsible for his evil company had been led by a member of the Royal Family — who had eventually become the King of England.
The safest assumption is that if you're a person of African descent anywhere you are in the world, your ancestry is either originally, Nigerian, Ghanaian, Sierra Leonian, Cameroonian, and possibly Angolan, in that order. Atlantic slave trade had begun late in the 1400s in Nigeria. But the Arabs had earlier followed the Sub-Saharan trade routes on camels to loot northern and sub-Saharan Africa. RAC had nested in Lagos, Nigeria. RAC had been led by a member of the Royal Family — who had eventually become the King of England. Its atrocities on the ground in West Africa, shipping millions of slaves away from the shores of Africa cannot go unmentioned. The slave company had been buoyed by the illiteracy and wickedness of the Nigerian chiefs and traditional elders who had bullied and suppressed their people to conform with the narcissistic slave-trade conditions. Children, adults, uncles, and nephews in entire villages had been forcefully gathered had been abducted under the command of the ruling chief who himself had been a puppet of the slave-masters or traders. Miniature articles like a staff of rulership, a standing mirror or looking glass, a fire-lighter which had replaced the striking of stones to produce sparks, had been used to lure the ignoramus chief-elder into an exchange of his citizens. this was the first betrayal of the tradesmen.
The second betrayal came with the persuasion of the British upon the traditional elders to replace their traditional means of rulership of their people with Indirect Rule. With this rule, the British understudied the weaknesses in the African, and thereby appointed Lords and Governors who had lorded the Divide and Rule approach of governing style. Now, it was easier to mine the gold in Ghana, freely; and harvest the rich crops of cocoa, groundnuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and rubber, to say a few. And of course, many more slaves kept on being sold by the wicked Africans.
The third betrayal occurred when the white slavemasters who by this time had established themselves fatly over the people and had appointed regional, indigenous, under-clerks had issued rum, fine muslin woven cloth-articles, or refined industrial products, horses, military aristocracy, guns and ammunition to complying chiefs in the hinterlands, to 'harvest' more slaves, still. The major complicit countries are on the coast of West Africa: starting with the furthest, Angola, to the shores of Cameroon. Slaves from these countries were few and far in between. They had been shipped to the market collection port of Calabar in South-eastern Nigeria. That was one of two of the major ports that had shipped slaves out to the West, the North Atlantic, and the Americas.
The population in the coastal settlements in Nigeria had been teeming. So, another more huge port in Epe, near Badagry close to Lagos had been founded. And since the waters of Elmina, Ghana had been more stable from the onslaught of the peril of tidal waves, two huge white castles had been built within an eyesight's view, booming for business. I have been to Elmina, Ghana to see for myself. You should go and see too if you're a person of African descent.
So, I have identified thus far, the key player-countries whose traditional leaders, chiefs, and kings had colluded with the white slave-master to establish the fleecing' business of shipping the African out against their will, to the unknown outside world. the last country notoriously know was in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where the castle is built to hold the slaves who would be re-sold, and then shipped through the Passage of No Return. Of about 12.5 million slaves stolen and shipped away from Africa, Nigeria alone accounted for about 3.5 million of these.
WHETHER CAUCASIAN OR AFRICAN, REPENT OF THE INIQUITY OF YOUR FORE-FATHERS IN THE SLAVE-ERA Following the worldwide protest of the police brutality in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota by ex-cop Derek Chauvin, the British too had taken to the streets: young blacks and whites alike, defying the threats of catching the coronavirus! In the United Kingdom, on June 6, 2020, Edward Colston’s statue took a tumbling and burial in the Bristol river where his slave-ships had docked! The new generation would not stand for oppression, inequality, and systemic racism. On June 10, Robert Milligan’s statue in West Indian Quay, East London, England was gone! Only good Heavens knows how many more of these evil men's statues would forever be obliterated away from the world scenes in a shameful regret of the wicked parts they had played in slavery. Unfortunately for people of my generation, an important part of history that reminds us of the slave era's painful past is being further dissolved into the abyss of disconnection. This is the unwarranted reform that will be forced upon us all by the new wind of CHANGE when the lying, indifferent, ‘architects of modern history’ refuse to humbly acknowledge the pain caused by slavery, segregation, and racism, and rather, attempt to enforce laws or amendments in the Constitution that should make us all be treated the same under the law!
Crucial parts of history that should have been actively incorporated into the curriculum on Black History lessons — but which had been deftly left out and ‘silenced’ by the indifferent architects of modern history had been judged by the new generation of whites and blacks who felt they needed openness, acknowledgment, and fairness in their type of world!
Let me hear your thoughts!
Picture1: Elmina Castle in Ghana, built by the Portuguese in 1482.
Picture 2: Charles Colestone’s statue in Bristol toppled into the sea, in England, and
Picture 3: Statue of Mr.Milligan being removed from East London’s Indian West Quay, June 10, 2020.