Friday, October 5, 2007
REJOINDER: ‘SEND US BACK OUR LOOTED TREASURES, OR ELSE…’
By: Goshen Kofi, C/O Box 12, Cape-Coast.
Permit me space in your precious paper for a rejoinder to the interesting article written by your columnist, Cameron Duodo with the above headline which appeared in the Times of Tuesday, August 28.
I enjoyed the article very much. It was a masterpiece from the renowned journalist.
I share the sentiment of Mr. Duodo that those white men who looted African treasures should send them back or else they will face abominable consequences!
However, I wish to appeal to Mr. Duodo to use the same medium of communication, with equal vim and vigour, to entreat our African kings and chiefs, who in the olden days looted the treasures of their fellow vanquished kings and chiefs to do same by sending back the looted treasures to their rightful owners.
For ease of reference, permit me to illustrate my argument further as follows:
Once upon a time, there lived a powerful king called Ntim Gyakari, who the Asantes fought and defeated in a war. Ntim Gyakari, was a king of the Denkyiras. After the conquest what happened?
The Asantes as victors looted the treasures of the Denkyiras. Again, the almighty Asantes fought from North to South and to the East and West.
Would my good old Cameron Duodo end the historical theory that the Asantes in their rightful capacity as the conquerors did not loot the treasures of the kings and chiefs they defeated in those wars?
Another historical illustration is that with the support and approval from the Akuapems, the Akyem Abuakwa fought and conquered the Akwamus during the reign of King Ansa-Sasraku. Mr. Duodo, did the Akyems refuse or fail to loot the Akwamus?
You can make your own deductions and calculations as you have successfully made against the Europeans.
Again, have the treasures the conquerors looted been returned to the defeated Akwamus, Fantes, Brongs etc. the answer is in the negative, please.
I highly appreciate the substance and moral spirit embodied in the personality of Mr. Duodo and for that matter entreat him most respectfully to appeal to our kings or chiefs who saw, fought and conquered the Akwamus, Brongs, Fantes, Kyerepongs, Ataaras, Gyaamans, Sefwis, Wassas etc. to send back their looted treasures… or else!
Mr. Duodo do you know and have you ever thought that if the Asantes who defeated the British soldiers in the Sir MaCarthy War, demonstrated the same spirit of forebearance and returned the decapitated head of MaCarthy to the British, the British might in the same spirit of give and take, reciprocate and send back our treasures which they looted?
Let us reflect further because the head of the British Governor, Sir Charles MaCarthy, is also a treasure to the British. Mr. Duodo are you aware of that fact?
Mr. Duodo, your appeal to the Europeans, especially, the British, would do a great service to mankind if they return our treasures which they looted.
In the same vein, your appeal would heal the wound anguish and pains of the African kingdoms and chiefdoms whose treasures were equally looted by their fellow African kings and chiefs.
Our present global civilization depends upon diplomacy not on warfare. Therefore the British Monarch would send back all the treasures they looted if we also send back the head of Charles MaCarthy as a reciprocal gesture to our former colonial masters.
The Ghanaian Times Friday, October 5, 2007 Page: 12