"THRU THE DOOR OF NO RETURN - THE
A special COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONY for
returning Afrikan Descendants in the Cape Coast and Elmina Castle Dungeons
Why do Afrikans born in
America and other parts of the Diaspora cry when they enter the Cape Coast and
Elmina Castle Dungeons?
What is it that shakes them to their very souls?
The Slave Ship - The Floating
Chamber of Horror
A re-enactment of the capture of Afrikan
conducted by Tweampong Traditionals Cultural
Group at the Cape Coast Castle/Dungeons
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From the Cape Coast Castle Dungeons and
"THRU THE DOOR OF NO RETURN" the sons and daughters of
"Mother" Afrika were marched; crawling and
stumbling through long,
narrow, damp and dark tunnels, into the Belly of the Beast. Slave ships which
carried our Ancestors away from the warmth and security of their homes and loved
ones, to the strange and often cruel lands of the Carry-be-yond (Caribbean),
North and South Americas.
The following proverb
"UNTIL THE LIONS HAVE THEIR OWN
HISTORIANS, TALES OF THE HUNT WILL ALWAYS
THE HUNTER" and the love of "Mother" Afrika, inspired us
as returned Afrikan Descendants to create the "THRU THE DOOR OF NO RETURN -
THE RETURN" Ceremony for brothers and sisters when they visit the Cape
Coast and Elmina Castle/Dungeons.
ceremony answers the yearning of Afrikan Descendants in search of their roots
and desirous of paying homage to their ancestors, while enabling them to
re-connect and form an effective link with "Mother" Afrika and our past; a time to give thanks to The Creator for returning us safely
"home" to "Mother".
ceremony is equally important to Afrikans as the Holocaust of the Jewish People
memorialized every year through out the world. Never
forgotten and never to happen again! We as Afrikans both at home and abroad must
commemorate our ancestors and celebrate our return "home" to our
experience is more than a Tourist visit, it is a
and a must do
for Returning Afrikan
when planning a trip to Ghana.
your groups visit an overwhelming success.
IMAHKÜS & Nana Okofo conducting the
"THRU THE DOOR OF NO RETURN"
commemorative ceremony in the Male & Female
Dungeons of the Cape Coast Castle/Dungeons.
Testimonials from participants of the "THRU THE DOOR OF NO RETURN
- THE RETURN" Commemorative Ceremony conducted by ONE AFRICA at the Cape
Coast & Elmina Castle Dungeons.
"Thank you ONE AFRICA, for
making the sacrifice for us and being at THE DOOR OF NO RETURN. God
bless you both."
S. Harris - Washington, DC
|"We thank God for the presence of ONE
AFRICA in those dungeons. They are the only ones who can bring us
through the "DOOR OF NO RETURN" appropriately as our experiences in the
Diaspora have been basically the same. So for Ghanaian Tour Operators
who attempt to re-create their commemorative ceremony, it is not the
same. What ONE AFRICA does in those dungeons cannot be duplicated. 'He
who feels it, Knows it'. They truly know how to open the way to come
B. Thomas - Charlotte, NC
|"My reaction was one of regret that so
many lost their lives but I was happy for the ones that made it. This
was an experience that I cannot and will not forget and will be with me
forever. Many thanks to ONE AFRICA for conducting this emotionally,
moving commemorative ceremony for returning African Descendants.
Dolores R. Byone - Westbury,
|"The Door of no Return experience for me
was a cleansing, redemptive and continually renewing experience that has
transformed me from an African-American to an African born in America. I
was able to embrace those ghosts that haunted me now as ancestors. Bravo
Iris Fatima Banister -
|"Words are not enough to express our
thanks and gratitude to ONE AFRICA for making our first trip home to our
ancestral homeland a meaningful and truly significant experience. Every
returning African Descendant should experience the "THRU THE DOOR
OF NO RETURN - THE RETURN" ceremony. My lifelong dream has been
Barbara Samuels - Washington,
They trapped you in fire
Hoping to see you burn
But see, we rejoice
Hailing your Return.