LAGOS: THE life of Mary Slessor, the late Scottish missionary in Eastern Nigeria, has been celebrated at the Akwa Ibom State. The event held at her former residence in Use Ikot Oku, Ibiono in the state commemorated 100 years since her death.
According to organisers of the event, a commemorative statue has been unveiled in her honour at her last residence. Twins Alive Foundation, one of the organisers, also joined the Calabar Twins Foundation in Cross River State at Akpap Okoyong village where all the twins invited for the were hosted in the Mary Slessor Centenary Memorial Celebration.
In the latter part of her life before dying in Calabar, she successfully fought against the killing of twins at infancy. He was born in 1848 in Aberdeen. Slessor frequently campaigned against injustices against women, took in outcasts and adopted unwanted children.
In 1892 she was made vice-consul in Okoyong, presiding over the native court and in 1905 was named vice-president of Ikot Obong native court. In 1913, she was awarded the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Slessor suffered failing health in her later years but remained in Africa.
Mary Slessor lived for a long time among the Efik people in Calabar in present day Nigeria. Witchcraft and superstition were prevalent in Nigeria when she arrived there because traditional society had been torn apart by the slave trade.
SOURCE: CAJ News Agency