One of pop superstar Michael Jackson’s brothers, Marlon, is involved in a controversial plan to develop a $3.4bn (£2.4bn) slavery memorial and luxury resort in Badagry, Nigeria.
The historic slave port is to be transformed through the bizarre combination of a slave history theme park and a museum dedicated to double Grammy-winning pop-soul group the Jackson Five.
The idea is that the band will help attract African-American tourists keen to trace their roots back to Nigeria.
The men behind the plan say it will honour the history of the transatlantic slave trade and provide employment opportunities for Nigerians.
But the plan has been condemned by Nigerian commentators.
The African-American history trail is worth billions of dollars, the developers say.
Ghana and Senegal have successfully turned slave ports into tourist attractions.
The developers say the Badagry Historical Resort will be marketed to African-American tourists as a mixture of luxury tourist attractions and historical education.
Visitors will be able to see the route their ancestors walked, shackled together as they were whipped toward the “point of no return”.
They can then retire to their five-star hotel to drink cocktails by the pool.
“Visitors will be able to see the route their ancestors walked, shackled together as they were whipped toward the “point of no return”.
They can then retire to their five-star hotel to drink cocktails by the pool. ”
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry……
*Rubbing my temples*
“a slave history THEME PARK and a museum dedicated to double Grammy-winning pop-soul group the Jackson Five.”
By all means turn the slave port in to a tourist attraction, in a respectful and tasteful fashion, as achieved in Ghana and Senegal.
But a slave history THEME PARK a long with a museum dedicated to The Jackson Five – This is PURE UNADULTERATED FOOLISHNESS!!!!
Are we REALLY expected to believe that connecting the defunct Jackson Five to this venture will attract African-American tourists, who are keen to trace their roots back to Nigeria?
This must have been the line spun to woo the Jacksons in to investing.
Are they seriously attempting to merge the horrors of the slave trade with luxurious surroundings and the history of The Jackson Five???
They must really take us Negroes for idiots!
This proposed venture is a great big steaming pile of dog poo!
It should be scrapped!