The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has traveled to Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the country’s Emancipation Day Celebration, starting from Sunday, July 30, 2023.
As the special guest of honor for the 2023 Emancipation Day celebration, which commemorates the final abolition of Chattel Slavery in the British colonies on August 1, 1834, His Majesty Otumfuo delivered a speech during the event in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, on Tuesday, August 1, 2023.
In his speech, the Asantehene praised the people of Trinidad and Tobago for being the first nation to celebrate Emancipation Day as a national holiday and for giving it the international significance it now holds.
He also paid tribute to the courageous heroes who contributed to saving Africa from slavery and colonialism, mentioning figures such as Marcus Garvey, Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King, and George Padmore, among others, whose ideas and efforts helped inspire Pan Africanism and the pursuit of political emancipation on the African continent.
The Asantehene emphasized the importance of courageous resistance, stating that it has brought both Ghana and Trinidad and Tobago to a happy place where they can collaborate, plan, and pool their resources to improve the well-being of their citizens.
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