Lagos – Working with the theme of this year’s observance of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery/the Transatlantic Slave Trade and to create awareness on the history and lessons of slave trade, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in collaboration with the United Nations Citizens Ambassador for Africa, organized an interactive forum, on Friday 25 March 2011.
The event, which featured film screening, exhibition of artworks on slave trade and the distribution of public information materials, had three guest speakers, Mrs. Vickie Agili, Assistant Director at the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mr. Olufemi Philips, of People’s Advocates for Human Rights and Economic Development and Mr. Adetoye Oremosun, United Nations Citizen Ambassador for Africa.
The Officer –in-Charge of UNIC Lagos, Mr. Charles Nosa Osazuwa, opened with welcome remarks and the reading of the special message of the UN Secretary-General. This was followed by the guest lecture on “Transatlantic Slave Trade: Lessons and Aftermath”, by Mr. Olufemi Phillips. The second presentation by Mrs. Vickie Agili, was titled “Slave History, Arts and Relics Brought into African Society by Freed Slaves”, while Mr Adetoye Oremosun spoke on “We Live To Be Noticed and Die To Be Remembered”.
Discussion at the forum focused on the history and lessons of transatlantic slave trade and related issues. The guest speakers and discussants also grappled with issues of racism and prejudice, which are aftermath of the transatlantic slave trade.
No fewer than 75 participants, including university students of History and International Relations, staff of the Nigerian National Commission on Museums and Monuments, leaders of civil society organizations, the media and members of a paramilitary unit of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps in Lagos, attended the forum at UNIC.
The Department of Public Information (DPI) of the United Nations, New York, provided seed money for the reproduction and distribution of public information materials for this event.