of human beings. The notion that slaves were subhuman led those deemed as superior to ignore the opinions and rights of slaves—ultimately preventing their voices from being heard. In the graphic novel, Abina and the Important Men, by Trevor R. Getz and Liz Clarke, the impassioned protagonist, Abina Mansah, fears that her voice was not heard in the courtroom where she argued that she was enslaved by Quamina Eddoo—a wealthy man who grows palm oil. However, Mansah became one of few slaves to actually
history is an act of silencing in which those without power are silenced and those with power are able to speak.” (Abina, 78) He believes that some viewpoints of the past were never recorded as actual documents and the minorities like the illiterates, powerless, and poor were never heard. Trouillot wondered why it is fair that some people get to choose what information is important enough to write about and what gets left in the past. I personally do agree with the statement made by Trouillot.
In the novel Abina and the Important Men¸ by Trevor Getz and Liz Clarke, numerous themes of colonial history in Ghana are revealed. The story depicts a run-away slave named Abina bringing her former master to court in order to press charges of unlawful enslavement. At first glance, this novel seems to be merely a depiction of one woman’s struggle to achieve justice in the Manichean colonial world of Ghana during the 1870s. A more thorough analysis of the novel, however, illuminates certain intrinsic