An 1808 engraving of Africans arriving in the Americas

Kofi - Arrival in the Americas

The sounds on top became different and Abeeku said he thought we were there. I didn't want to get off the boat and tried to stay to the end, but Abeeku just walked off. Then some people began shouting and I saw two dead men were chained next to them and so I ran out as fast as I could.

On the land I couldn't see anything because there were so many people around me. I saw Abeeku ahead but before I could get to him a hand grabbed me and a white man looked in my mouth. I tried to pull but he had my arm.

Before I knew what had happened I was being pulled back towards the water. I tried to run back but soon I was on another, smaller boat with strange people.

Read about arrival in the Americas for Okechukwu, Kwame and Oyeladun.