Nigeria, on Monday, will join the rest of the world to commemorate the yearly International Day for the Remembrance of Slavetrade and Its Abolition.
The theme of this year’s celebration is “Modern Day Slavery, A National Question: Protecting the Future Generation”
The event will take place at the National Press Centre, Radio House at 9am.
It will be hosted by Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other stakeholders.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, will be the Chief host of the occasion.
The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is an international day celebrated every 23 of August.
The date which was designated by UNESCO to remember the transatlantic slave trade was chosen by the adoption of resolution 29 C/40 by the Organisation’s General Conference at its 29th session. Circular CL/3494 of July 29, 1998, from the Director-General, invited Ministers of Culture to promote the day.
The date is significant because, during the night of August 22 to August 23, 1791, on the island of Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events that were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.
Member States of the organization hold events every year on that date, inviting participation from young people, educators, artists and intellectuals.
The events also set the stage for analysis and dialogue of the interactions which gave rise to the transatlantic trade in human beings between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.