They took everything from us; our families, our homes, and our dreams. But unfortunately, we survived. To them, they won the fourth Anglo Ashanti war, but to us, the war just began.
My name is Bediako, the only son of my parents until I got to know that my two elder brothers died in the third Anglo Ashanti war, after which my mother followed the next year when I was only one year old. I have lived with my father ever since, but the rest of my family, I only know them by stories.
All my life, I have lived in hiding with my father and few survivors of the third Anglo Ashanti war in a thick forest.
When we thought the war was over, our enemies came all out on us, taking over our capital completely and burning it to the ground.
Our forefathers fought so hard with the hope that someday, the black man will live without fear but with freedom. They did their part and laid their lives down for us, but our enemies are very strong-willed, and nothing could stop them from regrouping and coming back at us.
When we wake up each morning, we feared two things, war, and slavery because that was the order of the day.
For over a century, we have stood up in battle, and no matter how big we win, they still keep coming for us. All our allies are now our enemies, but with that notwithstanding, we stand strong believing that our toil shall never be in vain. With our great motto, “If you kill a thousand, a thousand will rise,” we will fight each day without giving up.
There is a dream, and someone must live it. There is hope, and someone must keep it alive. Without sacrifice, change is inevitable. We surely will be attacked now and then, but we will always remain a stronghold. We don’t give up, not even when we fall, because our children will step in and fight until victory is ours. The African dream must live on, and it is up to us to carry it further irrespective of the obstacles.
Territories may be invaded, boundaries may be broken, treaties may be dishonored, but the African dream shall never be cut off.
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Bernard Osei Annang is a motivational speaker and an inspirational writer who seeks to inspire his audience in every way possible. He is the founder of Bernexpress (www.bernexpress.com), an inspirational driven organization which aims at inspiring people to achieve their desired goals in life. He is a prolific writer who has six books to his name. In all his writings, he seeks to inspire readers to move above all obstacles to achieve their dreams. Bernard is a Ghanaian and a graduate of University of Education, Winneba.