Dr. Maulana Maulana, the founder of Ministry of Future (MOF), a nonprofit organisation championing the wellbeing of people of Black descent, has paid a courtesy call on H. E. Fedelia Graan-Galon, the Suriname ambassador to Ghana in Accra recently.
The visit afforded both parties the opportunity to dialogue on relevant issues particularly on how black diasporans will build a strong relationship with Africans.
The conversation also centered on the need to encourage African Descendants of the Trans – Atlantic Slave Trade) to return to their roots.
In his submission, Dr. Maulana Maulana highlighted Suriname’s importance in the history of Trans – Atlantic Slave Trade.
Dr. Maulana Maulana cited a documentary by four African American scientists of the Anthropology Department of an American University who travelled deep into the Interior of Surinam, and discovered an African ethnic/tribal group, named Maroon Djuka, that had freed themselves from the Dutch African Slave Trade, nearly, 500 years ago.
Suriname is a small country on the northeastern coast of South America. It’s defined by vast swaths of tropical rainforest, Dutch colonial architecture and a melting-pot culture.
Till date, the Maroon group who are thought to have their roots in Ghana still speak the Akan language and practice its culture even after 500 years.
The said meeting was facilitated by journalist, Mr. Frank Owusu Kojo Asiamah, who made the request after interviewing the latter about the slave trade earlier this year.
The meeting forms part of MOF’s commitments to build and maintain a cordial relationship between African descendants of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade; and, also, to help Ghana and Suriname develop strong ties going forward.
As such, MOF will be working closely with the Suriname Government to bring down Suriname citizens who want to acquaint themselves with the rich cultural heritage of Africans and to identify with their roots.