It was an evening, dedicated to the fight against trafficking in persons, using music as the tool for advocacy, penultimate Satuirday. At the event which took place at the Transcorp Hitlon Hotel, Abuja, Falz, Jessica Bongos and StylPlus were some of the acts who headlined the concert.
The outing which was part of events marking the global anti-human trafficking awareness week is the first of its kind in the country. It was organized by Music Assembly Against Human Trafficking (MAAHT), in collaboration with National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Director General of NAPTIP, Julie Okah-Donli, described music as a good platform to sensitize everybody, especially the youths on human trafficking trends and its inherent danger.
Okah-Donli, said, most people are interested in music, hence the need to use it as a useful medium to spread the message against human trafficking.
Co-founder of MAAHT, Matthew Ohio, said human trafficking is a serious issue plaguing the country and many Nigerians still fall prey due to their ignorance.
He said, “Nigeria falls under three categories of the human trafficking chain, It is source, transit and destination country and most people don’t know how serious this issue is.
“I see how Nigerians are being taken advantage of. We want to show young people that all hope is not lost. We are taking the popularity that Nigerian music is enjoying right now and channeling it to promote and raise awareness, because of the attention music has. People are going to be better informed.”
Apart from the concert, which will be ongoing across rural areas in the country, MAAHT will also create a scholarship fund for trafficked victims.
Ohio said, “Our priority is to see that these people get back to school, we hope to get government attention and support through this concert so as to raise finance.”
Ohio revealed that the concert, which is the maiden event featured ‘Falz Tha Bahd Guy’ because the artist is conscious of the society and his platform fits into the idea.
Falz, who was the climax of the evening said, Nigeria has one of the highest rates of human trafficking. The ‘This is Nigeria’ crooner said he is working on a project to have lyrics centred on human trafficking.
Other acts of the day were Jessica Bongos, StylPlus, Big Brother’s Efe, Triple D and Young Incredible.