President Akufo-Addo is calling for a formal apology and reparations from the Western world for the inhumane treatment endured by Africans during the transatlantic slave trade.
At the first-ever Accra Reparation Conference, he emphasized the need for Africa to be compensated for the human rights abuses suffered by slave masters.
Akufo-Addo stated that reparations should be obligatory, and in the process, European countries involved in the slave trade should offer formal apologies for the crimes committed against Africans.
“It is time for Africa, thirty million of whose sons and daughters had their freedoms curtailed and sold into slavery, also to receive reparations. No amount of money can restore the damage caused by the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its consequences, which spanned many centuries, but surely, this is a matter that the world must confront and can no longer ignore.”
“And even before these discussions on reparations conclude, the entire continent of Africa deserves a formal apology from the European nations involved in the slave trade.”