President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, 17 May paid a visit to Gorée Island, off the coast of Dakar, in Senegal.
The Island is known for its role in the Atlantic slave trade. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast used in succession by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French for the exploitation of Africans.
After his tour, Nana Akufo-Addo described the Island as an evidence of “human cruelty” and advised that the role it played in the slave trade should remind Africa of the need to unite.
“Gorée Island is a unique testament to human cruelty. It is a monument that we, the peoples of Africa, should never ignore. The depopulation of our continent, its degeneration, the brazen theft of our resources – all these are captured in these harrowing memories and legacies. It means that we have to organise ourselves in such a fashion that no peoples can ever do this to us again,” he posted on Facebook.
Mr Akufo-Addo’s visit to the Island formed part of his two-day official visit to Senegal to strengthen Ghana’s ties with the Francophone country and officially introduce himself to the Senegalese president as the new Ghanaian leader.