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''There are ghosts in this town''. This was the first statement that was made by Courtenay Belchik-Ajala to me on our path toward a spiritual adventure. It was a journey to the experiences of some of the Slaves in the past.
Anago James Akeem Osho, Courtenay Belchik-Ajala, and Sangosakin Ajala in a Spiritual Tango.

She said that ''there are spirits in the barracoon''(Slave cell). ''There are Slaves who have died and have not crossed to the next world and some of them may not even know that they are dead''.  Courtenay Belchik said that it is wrong for people to live in the Slave cells of the Brazillian Barracoon of Seriki Williams Abass of Badagry because the spirit around there are not resting in peace. They are without rest. She said that the spirits would use the people like the battery in a radio. It is possible to use them to fulfill there aims either positive or negative. People who live in such a place may retrogress instead of progress. Things may not be right with them. Eventually, she said that people should learn to respect sacred places and not pollute it.

Courtenay's husband, Sangosakin Ajala is my friend and it was great to host them both as my guest here in Badagry. Sangosakin is a creative Artist, Cultural Ambassador. He founded ILE EWELERE temple in Osogbo-Osun State. Sangosakin Ajala also teaches Yoruba Orisa religion. His wife, Courtenay Belchik-Ajala is an Osun Priestess, Seer, Student of mediumship and divination in D.C Metro area, bronze casting, Acrylic and multi media expert from West Virginia-U.S.A.

Courtenay has the gift of a seer. She has been been practising Orisa since 2006 and been visiting Osogbo regularly since since 2010. She is the follower of the traditional Yoruba religion of Orisa worship called IFA. She is also dedicated to Osun.

Courtenay is conscious of the spiritual realm around her. As i took her to the compound or Barracoon of former Slave Cells where Slaves were kept during the Trans Atlantic Slave trade, she became uncomfortable. We entered a Slave cell, she looked at me and said ''a young male slave of about fifteen years died in this room as a result of a waist chain that was tied around his wast. The waist chain was too tight and the hip of the young boy broke and it did not heal. She said the name of the slave boy was Wale..... Akinwale.

Inside the same slave cell, she saw the spirit of another slave whom she said refused to speak to her because she was white skinned. She saw another slave who was filled with anger. She said this slave was light skinned, probably a fulani. He was angry because he felt that his people sold him. His name was Ibrahim. He was a fervant Muslim and sold by other Muslims.
Courtenay Belchik-Ajala's skin became very red and goose bumps was all over her body as she told me of another event that occured in a different Slave cell. A woman was raped by the Barracoon overseer when other Slaves had gone to work on the farm. She was raped inside the slave cell. She killed herself by committing suicide. She hung herself in the slave cell.. She felt so ashamed and did not forgive herself even though it was not her fault. Her spirit did not leave the room.
Ghosts or Spirits had been seen around the Slave cells by people who live there today. At times, the occupiers (people who live in the compound of the Slave barracoons), hear voices and see ghosts who wore black clothes especially at night and the people who reside in the compound are often afraid to come out at night. I spoke with some of them and i wonder why they still live there.

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