Wed 18 Feb, 2009
|Tags: Africa, Slave trade|
In a truly bizarre development, the BBC is reporting that a planned $3.4 billion “slavery memorial and luxury resort” is scheduled to be built in the former slave port of Badagry, on the Gulf of Guinea in what is now Nigeria.
Evidently the developers want to tap into the multi-billion dollar business of catering to Americans interested in exploring their African heritage.
Currently, these tourists travel primarily to such destinations as Ghana’s historic slave forts, but investors hope to lure millions of tourists with the Badagry Historical Resort’s winning combination of luxury accommodations, a theme park dedicated to the history of the transatlantic slave trade, and a museum dedicated to the music of the Jackson Five.