Pikworo slave camp was a slave-trading camp sold to English, French and Dutch slave traders.
Founded in 1704 and was active until 1845. It is located in Paga Nania, roughly 3 kilometers west of Paga in the Upper East Region of Ghana and nearly a 4-hour drive from Tamale
It was initially built as a slave transit center where slaves were auctioned and later resold in the Salaga Slave market after walking approximately 150 km to the south. And later moved to the coast for shipment.
Man-made scoops in rocks served as eating plates or bowls for slaves at the camp. The larger the size of the hole the higher the number of slaves to eat from the hole.
I loved seeing some of the sacred rocks beautified by visitors, this act takes some of the painful experience of the site away, making it easier to take photos and relax at the camp.
There is a punishment rock where slaves who defy orders were punished by getting shackled up and being forced to look up at the sun for hours.
Dispersed across the camp are cemeteries for slaves and watchtowers for the slave masters made of rock formations.
The camp itself leaves little evidence of its history at first glance, but guided by a knowledgeable eye, the past becomes more clear. It was a significant experience for me, and I fought back tears learning the practice didn’t stop until it ceased to be profitable.
There are glimpses of wide-open field views, but look anywhere and your view is sure to be impeded by a rock formation, or a rock that looks as though it has paused mid collapse. Atop a cluster of rocks, there is a crack in one of the largest stones where the slave masters used to draw water.
One rare experience I had at this site was a group of elders who could create sounds with stones on a rock formation. It was surreal.
They went on singing and knocking stones against a rock and the melody was both inspiring and sad.
Pikworo is a must-visit for anyone who wants to learn more about the slavery and history of our people from the northern part of the country.
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