The Tourism Ministry has stated its intention to rename all castles as “Dungeons” to qualify the essence of their establishment as conduits for slavery.
This decision was made to remind people of the black race of the atrocities and the dehumanizing acts meted out to its people during the Trans-Atlantic Chattel Trade to reignite concerted efforts to.
Mrs Catherine Ablema Afeku, the Sector Minister, speaking at a grand durbar of the chiefs and people as well as representatives from the Diaspora at Assin Manso, in the Assin South District on Wednesday to mark twenty years of the commemoration of Emancipation Day in Ghana said, the “Castles” should be called “Dungeons”.
“The castles we know are not castles but dungeons where our brothers were brutalized and died there and should be renamed as such. We should work collectively to free ourselves from these dehumanizing narratives that demean human dignity.”
Mrs Afeku urged Ghanaians in the Diaspora to invest their assets, knowledge, skills and talent in the national economy as an effective way of creating jobs and generating income in the local community to accelerate national growth.
She observed that, Diasporan assistance was yet to be fully explored and that if Ghanaians in the Diaspora invested in the macro-economy, it would strengthen Government policies for their mutual benefits.
Differences between Castles and Dungeons;
According to Wikipedia, A Castle is a type of fortified structure built during the Middle Ages by predominantly the nobility or royalty and by military orders. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle, but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble. This is distinct from a palace, which is not fortified; from a fortress, which was not always a residence for royalty or nobility; and from a fortified settlement, which was a public defence – though there are many similarities among these types of construction. Usage of the term has varied over time and has been applied to structures as diverse as hill forts and country houses. Over the approximately 900 years that castles were built, they took on a great many forms with many different features, although some, such as curtain walls and arrowslits, were commonplace.
A Dungeon is a room or cell in which prisoners are held, especially underground. Dungeons are generally associated with medieval castles, though their association with torture probably belongs more to the Renaissance period. An oubliette or bottle dungeon is a form of dungeon which is accessible only from a hatch or hole (an angstloch) in a high ceiling.
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