Heirs of Slavery

Legacy of the Cape-Verdeans recruited in S. Tomé & Principe

Stricken by the adverse conditions of extreme hunger that, in the 40’s of the XX century, unmercifully ravage the Cape Verde, the portuguese colonists found in the recruitment of Cape-Verdean servants an inexhaustible source of resources capable of enduring such arduous labor. For the unfortunate Cape-Verdeans, the recruitment represented a hope and the only opportunity of escaping the hunger and death reign their homeland. Even though conscious of the likelihood of being taken advantage of, in their misfortune, the Cape-Verdeans embraced the recruitment offered to them, in a mix of dissimilar feelings, miscellaneous motivations and dreams of prosperity in the fertile lands of S. Tomé & Principe.

The hard fact are the images and the expressions of resignation of the last recruited documented in the book, revealing us the severe life once dedicated to a land they embraced as their own and that, 40 years after, they affirm rather dying that being taken away from it.


“Heirs of Slavery” exposes a view over the soul of those women and those men and tries to dismantle the inevitability thesis of the situations those beings fell into. This prologue aims to help finding the etiology of the situation that is not spontaneously generated.  The abandonment of the rural populations of the Cape-Verde archipelago where voted for their regime of Oliveira Salazar; the profiting of the ad-hoc commissaires and the subcontractors installed on the archipelago who took advantage of these poor bastards; the revenues that navigation companies had with the transportation of recruitment slavery; the fees and briberies that changed from the hands of the exploiters masters to the hands of the corrupted authorities; in short, an endless number of situations and of crooks that slather on this slow death business decisively contributed to the disgrace of these brothers of ours, leaving them in the situation of vulnerability captured by the lenses of Pedro Matos together with the feelings of Luis Neves have found them.

To understand the basic of the phenomenons that originated the present state of things and invest in programs that dismantle the geometrical accidents that set the fate of parents and grandparents (the vicious Cycle; the helplessness Triangle and the square Minds, who have kept the situation in standby) and in Holistic Education are the steps taken in the right direction: the freedom of the Heirs of the Slavery.

To look each photo of this magnificent work and be carried away to a place where we want to change the page of history, set the unique beauty there is in each child, man and woman, despite the ragged attire, the broken stairs, the train tracks covered by vegetation, and remember always, each second, in each page turn, that human dignity is not negotiable.

Lígia Dias Fonseca in  Prefácio


stories in the first person

More than fifty stories in the first person with the reasons of emigration to Sao Tome, the way of life in colonial times, the disenchantment of independence and the degradation of living conditions of Cape Verdean communities in the equator lands.

Maria Lopes Brito

Francisco Lopes

Francisco João Delgado

Eduarda Cruz Semedo

João Egídio Vaz

Maria Augusta Ribeiro

Maria Fátima Brito

Francisco Gomes Semedo

Agostinha Lopes Vaz

Lucinda Barbosa Vicente

Eulália Mendes Costa

Joana Lopes

Manuel Cândido Coronel

Máxima Amarante Pereira

João Ferreira Lopes

Paula Pereira e Manuel Cabral


Luís M. Neves

Born in Luanda, Angola, in 1959. Since a very early age initiated in the working world, first as an apprentice of graphical arts in the National Press of Angola, and after as effective staff member in the department of finances. Later, joined function in the accounting services of the Diamonds Company of Angola. With 26 years of age went to live in Portugal where he carried on with his professional career at important international companies connected to accounting and auditing. In 1990, returned to Angola to dedicate himself to accounting, auditing and economic & financial consulting, contributing to the formation of many angolan young professionals. In simultaneous with his professional activity, kept for several years, the role of sport directive in several modalities and associated bodies, with particularly ciclism. In 2005, directed and coordinated the economy magazine Executive Angola. Son of Cape-Verdeans, he never forgot his roots, coming to meet Cape-Verde already an adult. Always revealed a profound taste for Cape-Verdean music and culture that took him to found in 2011, the publishing of the Cape-Verdean Nós Genti in which he holds the position of editor director.

Pedro Matos

Born in Aveiro, Portugal, in 1970. Since always worked in the field of communication, at marketing and empresarial communication as well as editorial projects  of information. In the 90s does his first travels to Mozambique. Africa would be determinant in how begins to observe and analysing the world. In 2000, assumes the role of Director of Communication and Marketing of an angolan empresarial group. In the 10 years that passed between Portugal and Angola only served to intensify even more his passion for the african continent. Coordinated also the editorial project Executive Angola, a specialized publication about Angolan economy. At the moment, besides working in several business projects related to communication, is also the responsible for the graphic coordination and photographic editor or the cape-verdean magazine Nós Genti. Photography, besides being an essential tool in all his works, is also an immense passion. Humanist and documentarist photographer, is also a lover of the tremendous cultural diversity of humanity.


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