SOUTH African multi-award-winning goddess Ami Faku is set to make her first visit to Bulawayo as she is the headlining act at a human trafficking awareness dinner, organised by Impala Events and Conference Centre on 7 October.
After realising that human trafficking has become a reality in the country especially with the current economic challenges, Impala Events saw it fit to open a discussion and tackle the thorny issue so as to assist vulnerable groups not to fall into the traps of human trafficking.
To make the discussion richer and deliver the awareness campaign in a more informative manner, different non-governmental organisations representatives have been invited to be speakers at the red-carpet event.
Gugu Tshuma, who is the co-ordinator at Impala Events, said there was a need to hold this kind of event as the number of young girls who are trafficked to other countries and also victimised was on the increase.
“Human trafficking has become a reality in the country especially with the current economic conditions. Many people are in dire need to improve their livelihoods and are finding themselves easy victims to most of the scammers who promise them lucrative jobs that turn out to be nothing but making them slaves including sex slaves.
“We saw it important to plan this event in alerting the public on the gravity of this global monster with the hope that people will be more alert and scrutinise when accepting these seemingly lucrative offers.
“We are aware that we can stop human trafficking if we work together, that is why as Impala Events, we decided to spearhead such an initiative so that we can be the voice of the voiceless, which is in line with our corporate responsibility activities,” said Tshuma.
On bringing Ami Faku as the main face of the event, Tshuma said the Ebhayi hitmaker is a brand to reckon with and she is a typical example of a strong woman who has defied all odds in achieving all she has both in life and her musical career, through hard work.
“The main agenda of this function is to teach young ladies that anything is possible and you can achieve a lot despite one’s background. Ami Faku is one typical woman who has defied all odds in life. Born in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Ami followed her dreams and musical calling to Johannesburg as a way of empowering herself and she has since achieved a lot with numerous awards and other decorations on her name.
Despite her performing at the event, she will inspire a lot of young women with her empowering tale on her journey to stardom,” said Tshuma.
Other artistes who will perform alongside Ami Faku include Rudo Amor and Band Fusion.