The slave trade resulted in the trans-shipment of millions of Africans as slaves from the continent to the Caribbean and Southern American states. These slaves were forced to work for their masters for nothing.

They were exploited and treated like sub-human beings. They yearned for freedom. Apart from the Panafest celebrations, there is also another festival which is organized in Ghana to celebrate the emancipation of slaves. This unlike Panafest is an annual affair. It was first held in Ghana in 1998.