Senator Jewel Cianah Howard Taylor, the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia has flagged off the 3rd Carnival Calabar dry run in Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
Jewel Taylor, who described her visit to Calabar as a home-coming congratulated the people and River State’s Governor Ben Ayade for carefully selecting the theme ‘Humanity’ for the 2019 carnival.
The Liberian Vice President noted that the theme was “this carnival picks an issue of concern to the world. The question is where is our humanity when we allow young men and women to be taken into slavery, trafficked across the Sahara, dying in our fields trying to get to Europe and America. When they get there, they are locked out; put in detention camps and treated as less than animals”.
Speaking passionately about the ills Africans suffer, Senator Taylor asked “where is our humanity when women are still sidelined and not allowed to contribute to their community?”, noting that humanity exist within the animal kingdom than among humans.
She charged African, “we must return to our humanity. We must turn around from the path of wickedness or else it would lead to annihilation if we continue the way we are going. This carnival this year will showcase some of those ills; it will showcase how we can turn around and look back at the problems we faced and put humanity first”.
According to the Vice President, Africans must deliberately return to the path of being human by showing love, concern, caring for one another so as to properly and collectively transform our abundant natural resources to wealth for all peoples.