Why does Sankofa Day represent all British African diasporans?

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

Sankofa Day press conference at City Hall who cancelled the 2020 Trafalgar Square event

Sankofa Day hosted by Slavery Remembrance in the month of Marcus Garvey's Birthday is an observation of our ancestors who were kidnapped, trafficked and enslaved by Britain. It is an opportunity for us as the British African Diaspora and descendants of enslaved Africans to acknowledge the sacrifices they made in order to survive and continue so that we may follow them.

Slavery Remembrance run by Shezal RemTem has put together one of the most important events in the British African Diaspora calendar, which signifies the economic contribution that our kidnapped and trafficked ancestors made to the British economy by the extraction of their free labour and the theft of their intellectual capital through patents that again further enriched Englishmen who were behind our holocaust and enslavement.

This day is important for many reasons, one of them being that when all people acknowledge those who carried out a holocaust against them, our unified voices press for change. African people globally have failed to identify a common ground that universally unifies us and the respectful observation of our ancestors unites us universally.

What else it does is enable us to focus on the government responsible for our holocaust and the continued underdevelopment of our people to continue extracting wealth from our continent and seek reparations, not as individuals but collectively and at an institutional level. The position that Slavery Remembrance plays in educating, informing and provoking us is to evolve us from apathy to passion about our deceased ancestors which hopefully enables us to say "Never again".

African Holocaust National Memorial Day (Sankofa Day) #TimeToRemeber

The work of Slavery Remembrance and My Tribe can be adopted into our educational curriculums and the day itself should be a widely observed African Family occasion that all Britain's can observe in Trafalgar Square. The contention that lies within authorities is based on the fact the African slave trade and holocaust still shames them and they would rather we were quiet on the issue of the kidnap, rape, murder and enslavement of our people over the course of hundreds of years.

Britain is a criminal nation and tries to use its position as host nation to shame us but a wiser position is to take a leaf out of the Ashkenazi Jews book and organise our media, economists, educators, politically savvy and legally qualified to press on all fronts and bring our entire populations position to demanding reparations from the families who benefitted from the slave trade and received reparations from the British government and the British government itself.

Shezal RemTem Founder of Sankofa Day

Another huge aspect of Sankofa Day in the observation of our ancestors is the spiritual unification it creates and the love the African Diaspora create for eachother during the course of the event and the value we acknowledge our lives make to this world. Observing our value as natural people of the earth is very important because we have developed a psychological inferiority complex instilled by our educational indoctrination in accepting terms such as ethnic minority and common wealth subjects when we are sovereign Africans who reside in Britain.

The spiritual component that resonates with those who take part lasts longer than the day itself and enables us to observe the trauma created by being descendents of kidnapped and enslaved people. The African part of reparations is in the repair of our psychological mind and spirit, which has not taken place on a systematic level and affects every single area of our lives, from our confidence, to our economics, observation of our culture, adoption of our own educational outlets and who we bring to relationships with others based on our unresolved issues.


By Dean Okai Snr

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