By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Badagry Local Government in Lagos State,Â in collaboration with UNESCO, has concluded plans to hold the 10th International day remembrance of slave trade and its abolition and Badagry folkâ€™s festival.
It has also planned a reburial rite for late Michael Jackson (AJANASON), whose ancestors were said to be spiritually attached to Badagry community.
The chairman of the council, Hon Husitode Dosu, along with his senior special Assistant on Tourism, Hon Samedeton Ajose, disclosed this during a media briefing at the council Secretariat, Ajara while giving the highlights for the event.
According to the chairman, the purpose for this yearâ€™s celebration tagged â€œFamily re_unionâ€ is geared towards heritage conservation and preservation and to employ the festival as a veritable means engendering unity and promote the spirit of fraternity and brotherhood in the LGA.
One of the high-points of the event Dosu said is the symbolic reburial rite for the repose of Jackson in Badagry adding that the rite became necessary because Michael Jackson whose heritage name is Ajanason, hail from Badagry before they were taken away by the whites through the slave trade route.
The activities which startedÂ Friday August 21st , 2009 and run throughÂ Saturday 29th, 2009 include: Stage drama, symposium, Cultural exhibition as well as cultural activities, amongst others.
A mega resort known as the Badagry historical resort will be constructed soon in Badagry by members of the Jackson â€™s family and some prominent African Americans. Ajose said the event is a declaration of UNESCO in support of the spread of Global awareness on the slave route project which is being implemented jointly with the world tourism organisation.