Certain things are just meant to be… Yeah, we think they are just coincidences, however, sometimes too there are deeper meanings to them.
Three days ago (20th August), the Queen of Jamestown, Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo I, celebrated her birthday. That very day marked 400 years since the very first recorded slave ship arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in the United States of America. The slave ship berthed in Jamestown Virginia, on August 20, 1619.
Last Monday (a day before August 20), she also celebrated 10 years as Queen of Jamestown.
“The significance of today is not lost on me. That it also happens to be the 8th month in the 10-year milestone of my rulerships brings home to me the fact of having come full circle. The Year Of Return is therefore very personal to me,” she wrote on Twitter.
She celebrated her birthday in a traditional way with ‘OTOR’ – a celebratory dish made from mashed boiled yam mixed with palm oil – eaten with boiled eggs. “This is how our forebears celebrated birthdays and good events,” she stated.
“May this day serve as a reminder that even as we purposefully develop, we can never forget the sacrifices made in order that we would be here today. That in spite of the myriad of challenges we navigate every day, we are here and STILL we rise! Tswa Omanye Aba!” Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo I wrote.
Exactly 400 years ago today in 1619, the ship MAN OF WAR, landed on the shores of JAMESTOWN, Virginia with 20 ‘odd’ captured Africans.
Today, 400 years later, is my birthday. Yesterday, I celebrated 10 years as a Queen, from JAMESTOWN (Ngleshie) Accra, Ghana pic.twitter.com/rH6J6bKZWF
— Queen Naa Tsotsoo Soyoo I (@NaaSoyooI) August 20, 2019
Meanwhile, American actor and political activist, Danny Glover is in Ghana as a part of a delegation of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for ‘Jamestown to Jamestown’.
Jamestown to Jamestown is part of activities to mark the Year of Return – which seeks to commemorate 400 years since the first recorded slave ship arrived on the shores of Jamestown, Virginia. On August 18, participants travelled to Jamestown, Virginia, for a prayer vigil and candle-lighting ceremony. They ended the journey at Jamestown in Accra.