QUIDAH: POINT OF NO RETURN!

QUDAH is a small, relatively quiet town in Benin republic, Nigeria’s next door neighbour! It has a connection with the slave trade of the 16 century; from where hundreds of thousands of African slaves were gathered and taken to the western world!

QUIDAH served as the port of slaves that were taken from Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and other part of the west coast and there, they were bought as cheap labour at the ‘point of no return’ to the newly developed world of America, Brazil, Europe and other parts of the world under the colony of Britain, Portugal and France!

The Beninoise are profoundly religious people! They have their divinities, their rites and worship system based on the ancient traditions and magico-mystic manifestations through deities worship, spirituality, music and dance! The colonialists found this as an advantage, where the voodoo chiefs and royals exert the magic power of voodooism on slaves that tend to revolt! Manhunt through net were stopped and voodoo gave way to a new and easiest way of getting the slaves by kings and royals that took their succession in the trade that was to under-develop Africa years later!

The significance of the celebration of the voodoo festival every year in Benin is to mark the symbolic point of no return, with the calculations that Africa may have lost about 60 million people to the developed world through the inhuman slave trade!

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