Free Slavery Descendants From Bonds of Oppression

Target: Mohamed Imtiaz Patel, Chairman/Executive Director, MultiChoice Group Ltd

Goal: Help end discrimination against Igbo people who are descendants of slaves.

In Nigeria, the dark legacy of slavery still holds modern-day citizens in bondage. A seeming caste system still exists for the country’s Igbo people where descendants of slaves are treated as second-class citizens. These individuals are often prevented from seeking political office or other positions of leadership. In many communities, they cannot even marry a person of “freeborn” ancestry, a tragic circumstance that compelled one forbidden couple to end their lives recently. This discrimination is perpetuated in arts and literature, reinforcing negative stereotypes and behavior.

Although slavery was formally abolished in Nigeria in the early 20th century, many cultural traditionalists still operate by customs that place slavery descendants in a “lesser-than” role in society. These deeply ingrained beliefs make enforcement of non-discrimination policies virtually non-existent in some regions. An influential entertainment channel, Africa Magic, viewed faithfully by scores of citizens could help usher in meaningful change. Instead, this outlet seems content to compound and further perpetuate harmful stereotypes that have destroyed and even ended lives.

Sign the petition below to urge this influencer to work for real reform by championing more diverse, open-minded content.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Patel,

The celebrated novel Things Fall Apart is believed to have reinforced for generations of school children the dangerous caste system implemented against Igbo slave descendants. This troubling trend shows the immense role that arts and literature play in Nigerian society. MultiChoice’s outlet Africa Magic demonstrates this power of influence first-hand.

Please use this entertainment platform for the better. One young couple has already ended their lives in a suicide pact rather than live by the demeaning, damaging restrictions placed on them by this archaic system. No individual should have his or her future preordained by a past beyond control.

Send a message of empowerment to all of your loyal viewers. Work with advocacy groups to uplift the Igbo people and every citizen with content that equalizes, informs, and looks to a more free, more hopeful future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Igba Nkwu

 




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