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Monday, June 20, 2011

Healing the Descendants of the African Diaspora
By Robin Foster
Joseph Project: The Movie

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The Honorable Jacob Okanka Obetsebi-Lamptey was the Minister of Tourism in Ghana and "The Joseph Project"  was his brain child.

 Millions of Africans were captured and shipped to Europe and the Americas.  We still suffer the results of this separation from our homeland and enslavement today.  Even though this will be no easy task, one of our purposes here is to find healing once and for all.

We have been taught to despise ourselves and the very resources which can help in the healing process.  Many of us know something inside and in between us does not "feel" right.  Some of us still suffer amnesia.  Others have risen like Joseph of Egypt to prominence and greatness in the land where we were once enslaved despite all the psychological and emotional chains which still bind many.

Well we will only ever be as strong as the weakest member.  In order to continue to be successful in our various communities, it is crucial that we cloak ourselves in tolerance and love and work to forge alliances with African ancestored peoples across the globe.  It is time to get on with the work of healing.

I am sharing a few tips for how to initiate that healing below, but first of all think about your last family reunion.  How did it feel to take a little time out to go home and spend some time with your family in a familiar place?  How did you come away from that experience? In a certain respect, too many of us have remained orphans unknowingly.

Take the time out to go home.  Walk the place your ancestors walked. Visit the sites where they were last such as the slave fort, the dungeon, or the coast.   Acquaint yourself with your African family. Look into their faces and embrace your heritage there.

Please review the list below, and by all means share your own ideas.

1.  Find forgiveness.

2. Reconcile with your family members if needed.

3.  Eliminate the word "can't" from your vocabulary.

4.  Learn what you can about your ancestors.

5.  Make a pilgrimage to Africa.

6.  Refuse to speak negatively.

7.  Learn what you can about African history and colonization.

8.  Learn the truth about the history of slavery and emancipation in the place your ancestors were enslaved.

9.  Learn about the cultures, people, and current events in Africa.

10.  Share what you know and learn with others. 

Share what you know:

We would love to post your photos and experiences here highlighting your pilgrimage to Africa so that others who have not had the opportunity to go may be encouraged to do so.
Submitted by Nana Nethanel Nasi.

One of the many treasures shared by Nana Nethanel Nasi are photographs of the site in Assin Manso, Ghana where captured Africans bathed in chains after being captured a marched toward the coast. Also, please see this blog, Destination Ghana.  The writer of that blog has not posted since 2007.  Perhaps you can encourage her by leaving a comment.

The actual body of water called "The Last Bath."  Submitted by Nana Nethanel Nasi.
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