Nollywood Actress Courts "I Am Priceless" Campaign
Nollywood actress, Oge Okoye, has indicated her desire to partner with the "I Am Priceless" campaign to further reduce incidences of child trafficking in Nigeria. Okoye, who is the founder of the Positive Life for Children Foundation, disclosed this while on a courtesy visit on Thursday, 29th October, 2013, to the project office of the anti-trafficking and anti-smuggling of migrants project being implemented by the Nigeria Country Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters (NAPTIP).
Accompanied by an entourage of five persons, including Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2011, Sylvia Nduka, Oge Okoye disclosed that the Positive Life for Children Foundation works to develop children with special needs. "We help children that are neglected, as this predisposes them to trafficking because they can easily fall for the deception of traffickers," Okoye said.
The actress, who has starred in over sixty Nollywood movies, revealed that her charity has so far provided desks, ceiling fans, and doors for schools in Anambra and Imo States while 17 children are also on fully-paid scholarships from the Foundation.
Responding, the Project Coordinator, Mumbi Njau commended the actress' interest in human trafficking, especially in relation to vulnerability. She assured the actress of the project's commitment to work with "Nollywood" and the entertainment industry in influencing perceptions of Europe of vulnerable Nigeria Youth and creating a more realistic image of life for immigrants, particularly those that are smuggled or trafficked to Europe. This commitment is shown in the appointment of two Goodwill Ambassadors, veteran actress Joke Sylvia and award-winning rapper MI to increase awareness and engage in advocacy.
"Formation of partnerships is one of the cornerstones of anti-TIP and anti-SOM response adopted by the Federal Government and NAPTIP," Mumbi Njau said, adding, "This project, in alignment with that strategic approach, will be willing to work with the Positive Life for Children Foundation and you to further increase awareness of TIP and SOM."
The visit ended with the Project Coordinator decorating the Nollywood actress with the Blue Heart lapel pins and Ankara fabric as well as other information, education and communication materials.
The project entitled "Promoting Better Management of Migration by Combatting and Reducing Irregular Migration That Occurs Inter Alia through Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Smuggling of Migrants (SOM)" is funded by the European Union. The "I Am Priceless" campaign is the rallying slogan aimed and giving dignity to the individual and empowering them to reject fantastic offers made by would-be traffickers.