Colin Kaepernick Visits Ancestral Ghana To Celebrate Independence

“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” Kaepernick quoted Frederick Douglass during his quest for personal independence.

Colin Kaepernick may not yet have been signed by the NFL but he doesn’t sit around and sulk. The quarterback has used his free time for a worthy cause — to trace his roots back home to Ghana from where his ancestors were once taken as slaves.

The athlete and his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, traveled to the West African nation to “find my personal independence,” said Kaepernick.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback posted a short footage of his travels on Twitter and Instagram.

“I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return,” the football player’s Instagram post read.

The one-minute video started with a quote from African-American social reformer Frederick Douglass.

“What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?” Kaepernick quoted.

The athlete spent time with the locals, whom he referred to as “my Ghanian people,” visited the local hospital and the village of Atito, participated in their everyday chores and paid his respects to Kwame Nkrumah's Memorial Park.

During his trip to Africa, he also visited Egypt and took pictures with 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin. They also went to see the ancient Temple of Horus in Edfu and the Temple of Philae in Aswan.


KMT // the black land // Day 1

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Besides that, Kaepernick is spending his time as a free agent by taking up humanitarian causes.

In January, the athlete donated his sneakers collection to homeless people in San Francisco. In March, he helped get supplies of food and water to the drought-ridden nation of Somalia and also donated $50,000 to “Meals On Wheels.” Then, in April, he donated two large boxes of custom made suits to people who have been released from jail on parole and are seeking employment.

If some people were hoping the former 49ers quarterback would spend his unemployment period moping, they are clearly going to be disappointed.

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