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Slavery in Nigeria: What happened then and how do Nigerians look upon it now?

Osa Omorogbe, Playwright

A lecture in association with the Nigerian Christian Fellowship

Date: 17th October 2007

Time: 17:30

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, opposite Haymarket Metro

How did slavery start in Nigeria? Were there social systems in place that made this possible? Who were the main players involved in this trade? What happened to them and how did some find their way back? 

This lecture will attempt to address these questions but will also demonstrate the victory over the slave trade and the legacy that some of the slaves left.

Osa Omorogbe is a playwright as well as the founder of ‘Shakers and Movers’ – an association set up to promote understanding, respect, enjoyment and celebration of our cultural diversity through the presentation and performance of the arts within many different cultures in the North East community.

He is also the Chairman of Freedom Think Tank, a time limited group set up to influence the agenda of organisations and agencies commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of enslavement, to provide opportunities of communication and learning through networking and to organise commemorative events on abolition of enslavement of African people with an objective of promoting social solidarity.

Osa’s family are direct descendants of returned slaves and have kept documents & memorabilia of their ancestors.

His works and contributions to art are in theatre Everybody Needs Somebody (1974)and When Darkness Falls (1990), in television (scriptwriter of From Kingdom to Kingdom), in film (acting in Loss of Sexual Innocence). His new work: Have You Seen Her? (2007) - A monologue highlighting the emotional impact of the enslavement of Princess Ododo who was kidnapped at Benin Kingdom (based on real events during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade) - will be performed next year. 

This lecture is organised by the Nigerian Christian Fellowship, and the idea for the lectures on Nigeria grew out of a desire to make themselves more known to the people of the North East.  The Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christian has been in existence in the North East for the past 15 years.  In previous years, they have organised cultural days and international events, but with these lectures they hope to reach a wider public.  They sincerely hope you will enjoy them and look forward to getting to know you.