A Visit to the Cape Coast Castle

On the 10th of June, 2024, a group of students from NTNU in Norway and RWESCK at KNUST embarked on a journey to explore the historical Cape Coast Castle in Ghana. We arrived at exactly 12:30 pm. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a tour guide, a knowledgeable and passionate historian by name Benedicta who shared the stories of the castle.

As she led us through the narrow corridors and dimly lit dungeons, she recounted the grim history of the place. This was where countless enslaved Africans were held captive before being shipped across the Atlantic in the brutal transatlantic slave trade.
The tour guide described how the enslaved were crammed into these tiny rooms, living in inhumane conditions, deprived of light, fresh air, and basic human dignity.



For we the students, this visit was more than just a history lesson. It was an emotional journey that stirred a deep sense of sorrow and reflection. The guide’s words painted vivid pictures of the suffering and resilience of those who had passed through these walls.

Despite the sadness that enveloped the group, there was also a sense of enlightenment. They understood that by acknowledging these dark chapters of the past, they could help ensure that such inhumane practices were never repeated

As the tour concluded, the group gathered outside the castle. They took pictures and made videos to document our visit. In our own words, the students described their visit as “The sad story of the Cape Coast Castle.” It was a day that left a lasting impression, a blend of sorrow and enlightenment that underscored the importance of cultural and historical awareness.