AUGUST 23 of each year is commemorated worldwide as the Day set aside by UNESCO to remember the abolition of the slave trade. The initiative which was approved by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 29th session was intended to raise global consciousness to the atrocities of slave trade and the role world leaders can play to keep its memory alive and prevent any form modern slavery.
The Day also offers the opportunity for the world to reflect on the historic causes of that darkest period of man’s history, its consequences and best ways to promote mutual interactions amongst people of the world.
The 2019 edition of the Day was marked in Nigeria with the theme: “My Hands, My Freedom a Roadmap to Curtailing Irregular Migration.
Along with the Permanent Secretary, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Dr Chidia Maduekwe joined his Chief Executive counterparts from the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture as well as other officials of the Ministry to mark the Day for 2019. The event held at the National Press Centre Abuja.
At the event, Dr Maduekwe advocates powering the abundant opportunities of in the film industry as part of strategies to curtailing the menace of illegal and irregular migration of teeming Nigerian youths seeking for better life outside the shores of Nigeria. He said, the creative strength and resilience of the Nigerian youth can be channeled into positive ventures that will bring rich rewards to all and discourage risky illegal migration of Nigerian youths.
He said the NFC will always key into whatever viable and plausible public enlightenment campaign that will throw light to the dark ages of slave trade and promote mutual coexistence amongst peoples of the world.
In 2019, the Day also marks the 25th anniversary of “UNESCO Slave Route Project: Resistance, Liberty, Heritage” which for a quarter of a century has been working to help governments, universities, the media and civil society organizations to open the tragic pages of slave trade and combat tendencies to be oblivious or deny the ugly past.
The Project also hopes to encourage information and culture stakeholders and policy makers to deploy all necessary media, oral and archival as well cinematographic channels to promote education of slave trade and most importantly encourage tolerance of cultural diversity as ways to forestall the occurrence of slavery that was abolished some 400 years ago.