The Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Diapora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has said the first annual diaspora festival scheduled to hold in Badagry will open the “door of return” for Nigerians who are in diaspora.
Dabiri-Erewa said the festival was expected to host about 15 million Nigerians who were abroad, adding that the two-day event would showcase Africa to the world.
A statement on Tuesday said she spoke during the unveiling of the festival logo alongside the Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Overseas Affairs and Investment (Lagos Global), Prof. Ademola Abbas.
She said the ‘door of no return,’ made popular during the transatlantic slave trade in Africa, would become the ‘door of return’ during the Badagry festival.
Dabiri-Erewa said, “For the first time, we will be having in Badagry a festival that brings people in the diaspora together. After years of planning, we were able to come out with this programme coming up between August 23 and 25.
“One of the unique events of the festival is the ‘Door of Return’. A lot of people and things were taken out of Africa and Badagry in particular, and so our people in diaspora will be coming back through that door that we are calling the Door of Return, which is the opposite of ‘Point of no Return’. Beyond that, we will be showcasing the beauty and culture of Lagos State and Nigeria through the festival.”