Foundation calls for reburial of African slaves in Badagry
August 25, 2012 16:39
Badagry (Lagos State), Aug. 25, 2012 (NAN) The African Renaissance Foundation (AREFO), organisers of the Badagry Festival, on Saturday called for the reburial of African victims of slave trade in Badagry.
Mr Babatunde Olaide-Mesiwaku, the President of AREFO, made the call during the closing ceremony of the Badagry Festival held at Badagry Grammar School.
“I wish to propose to Dr James Walls, President, World Conference of Mayors and the Yenawa of Badagry Kingdom, the reburial of African victims of slave trade in Badagry,” he said.
NAN reports that the festival with the theme: “Reconnecting with the Roots”, was aimed at tapping the rich social and economic potential of Badagry Heritage and to promoting tourism development.
Olaide-Mesiwaku said, “It is only the reburial of those African Slaves, who died particularly in America and Europe, that will actualise the emancipation of blacks in the Diaspora.
“This will not only be a major boost to Africa’s Reconnect Project with the Diaspora, but a cosmic fulfilment for the peaceful repose of the spirits of the victims".
Olaide-Mesiwaku said he made the call on behalf of the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi I, adding that the people of Badagry would support the project.
NAN reports that Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, represented by Mrs Oluranti Adebule, the Secretary to the state government, and Ambassador of Tourism for Africa, Alhaji Nasir Kaka, witnessed the grand finale of the festival. (NAN)