Africa My Africa Walk… More Celebrities Join Campaign
More celebrities have continued to throw their weights behind the charity football match in solidarity against human trafficking billed to hold early next year in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Comedian Bright Okpocha popularly known as Basket Mouth and Nollywood star Bimbo Manuel are among the 100 celebrities across Africa, who will take part in a Next2None support initiative, an NGO dedicated to fighting human trafficking across Africa.
Organisers of the Africa My Africa Walk Against Human Trafficking/Legendary Football Match early in the week, released the concluding list of 100 celebrities made up of football, music, comedy and movie greats, who will take part in the a charity football match at the Accra Stadium, after the morning walk against the social menace of human trafficking.
Aside from Basket Mouth, Bimbo Manuel, Razak Omotoyosi, as well as Mark Fish, former South African national team captain, others who made the list are Robert Song, Njitap Geremy, Marcel Desailly, Anthony Yeboah, Stephen Appiah, Alain Gouamene, Sully Muntari, Micheal Essien, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Jude Osagie, Henry Crystal Suites, Kwame Ayew, Jay Jay Okocha, Stephen Keshi, Abdou Razak Traore, Mohammed Sissako, Baffoe Gyang, and John Mensah.
Others are Kanu Nwankwo, Mohammed Amed Polo, Karim Abdul Rasak, Wilberforce Nfoum, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Adebayor, Emmanuel Amunike, Lotanna Odukwe, Hon Daniel Effiong Asuquo, Rev Ini Ukpoho, Barr Chijoke Isiolu, Peter Rufai, AAA & A Consult Limited, Mide F Martins, Nyong Bassey Inyang, Halima Abubakar, Rita Dominic, Gideon Okeke, Barr Maxwell Mgbudem, Adesuwa Etomi and Joycelyn Dumas.
Zara Udofia, Akpororo, Barr Anderson Kalu, Ebere Okolie, Shola Shobowale, Audysys Consult Limited and Bruno Iwuoha have also indicated interest to join the campaign.
Founder/Chairman BoT of Next2None Ndukwe Sam Obu said, “We intend to have for the very first time, a convergence of African celebrities in Accra, Ghana, to have a celebrity walk against human trafficking. Each celebrity will carry the flag of his country to showcase the solidarity of that nation against human trafficking. We have the cooperation of Ghana police, the Ghana MTU (Ghana’s version of Nigerian Road Safety Corps) have mapped out a 15-kilometre road network for this celebrity walk.”
He informed that the government of Ghana has approved the popular Independence Square for take off of the march.
“The walk is to show the world that Africa is ready to fight human trafficking,” he said.
Former African and world footballer, George Weah, who is now a Lawmaker in his country, Liberia, had long ago pledged his massive support for the initiative. The Next2None Ambassador in a statement endorsing the project said, “Today, I George Manneh Weah, courageously endorse this initiative. I stand to support this endeavour (fight against human trafficking) through my participation in the football match, which seeks to promote humanity and eradicate child trafficking football legends of Africa. This game (football) that has always been a unifying factor will serve to amass support around this campaign against human trafficking and abuse.
“I hope that this will shine the light on this practice especially in Africa. It will send the message that we in the continent are no longer willing to bury our heads in the sand, look the other way or standby, and allow this hateful t diminish humanity, to diminish us all. This novelty match is planned to draw the attention of the world, especially those of us in Africa to see the depression that exist in the battle against this condemnable act. It takes everyone playing their part, making their voices heard, lending their support in the way that they can. Today, I stand, I support, I will be part of the change,” the ex-footballer assured.
Obu, had described Africa My Africa project as more than just a novelty match and a walk, saying it is a project geared towards resuscitating the dreams of our founding fathers. He is also full of appreciation for the role UNODP, AU, ECOWAS and NAPTIP are playing in preventing, protecting and prosecution of human traffickers over the years.