The Guardian, BBC News and others have reported the latest bizarre Jackson project.
Michael Jackson’s brother plans slavery theme park
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 17 February 2009
Marlon Jackson is involved in a controversial development to turn a former slave port into a luxury resort that will house a Jackson Five museum, five-star hotel and slavery memorial
A museum for the Jackson Five is to be built in Nigeria, American developers have announced, as part of a $3.4bn (£2.4bn) luxury resort including concert halls, golf courses, casinos – and a memorial for Africa’s former slave trade.
The Badagry Historical Resort, located near Badagry’s former slave port, will include a multimillion pound memorial, slave history theme park, five-star hotel and Jackson Five museum. The project is supported in part by Marlon Jackson, one of Michael Jackson’s brothers.
The developers’ plans, which include a lifesize replica of a slave ship, holograms of the Jackson Five and robot versions of 18th-century African musicians, are not without their opponents.
Michael’s not the only freaky Jackson brother
As one would hope from a member of the Jackson clan, it’s so far out there, you have to admire the bizarreness of it all. In a story that was big news in the U.K. but somehow didn’t get much play stateside, Marlon is part of a bid to set up a $3.4-billion luxury resort and slave-history theme park. For added entertainment value, the Badagry Historical Resort will also serve as a shrine to the career of the Jackson 5. Planned attractions include a memorabilia collection, animatronic versions of the siblings during the fabulously Afroed glory years, glitzy casinos, and the kind of golf courses that require a month’s salary just to reserve a spot on the driving range.
Jacksons star in Nigeria resort row
Andrew Walker, BBC News, Nigeria
The developers say the Badagry Historical Resort will be marketed to African-American tourists as a mixture of luxury tourist attractions and historical education.Visitors will be able to see the route their ancestors walked, shackled together as they were whipped toward the “point of no return”.
They can then retire to their five-star hotel to drink cocktails by the pool.
Visitors will be able to pay their respects at the site of a mass grave for those who died before boarding ships across the Atlantic Ocean.
And then travel a few yards in a buggy to play a round of golf.
They can visit a replica slave ship to see the conditions Africans suffered, before visiting the world’s only museum dedicated to the career of the Jackson Five.
Writer, columnist and PR consultant C Don Adinuba said if the resort was being built by a company run by a white person, there would be uproar.
“This plan is morally reprehensible, it’s like dancing on the graves of dead people and telling them you’re honouring them.”
The developers say they will treat the slave memorial with sensitivity.
They hope it will become a “historical destination” similar to the Holocaust museum in Berlin.