Toyin Agbetu

Toyin Agbetu made headlines in March (2007) when he interrupted the Westminster Abbey service to mark the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade and demanded that the Queen make a public apology.

When Toyin Agbetu challenged the Queen, the incident was widely reported as the act of a madman, a security threat in the heart of the establishment. There is a degree of irony to this, since Agbetu is the founder of African human rights organisation Ligali, which works to challenge  the misrepresentation of African people in the mainstream media.

Toyin Agbetu went on to say that it was the first time in 500 years that you’re going to have the monarchy, the church and the government, the three institutions that created the Maafa (a Kiswahili term for the collective atrocities against Africa) all together, so it could be a positive and there might be an apology.

A lot of people have historic grievances over the atrocities by the British, who never made any moves to apologise or atone.

Since then, Agbetu has been invited to give lectures all over the world and is glad to have raised the profile of the issues.

source; Stephanie Merritt




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