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Obasanjo calls for support for Ooni’s pet project

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By Oghenefego Obaebor

FORMER President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on corporate organisations and good spirited individuals to support the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II in his commitment to the wellbeing of orphans and less privileged in Nigeria.

The Give Back Concert which was recently endorsed by the former president is slated to hold on June 24, 2018 at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.

High profile Nigerians and corporate bodies are expected to be in attendance as all hands will be on deck to ensure the needs of orphans and the less privileged in society are met.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo while speaking about the concert said it would be the first time Nigerians will come together to remember the orphans and less privileged in a positive way without government interference.

Orphans and less privileged people

He implored all well meaning Nigerians to support by donating generously to the less privileged ones.

The GiveBack Concert is aimed at raising funds to cater for the needs of the orphans and less privileged people in society. The Ooni began this journey through Hopes Alive Initiative, HAI, saying there’s the need for everyone to participate by sowing a seed into the lives of all underprivileged.

According to him, many young and less privileged succumb to peer pressure and eventually choose criminalism as a way of life because they lack proper care required to positively shape their future. He said if Nigerians do this right, there will be less crime and violence in our nation and the peace we so much crave will be achieved.

The deputy convener, Temitope Adesegun thanked everyone for their support and endorsement of the project.

She reiterated that non-governmental organisations were the major backbones of the underprivileged in society, stressing that this was the  reason Hopes Alive Initiative would be launching a television programme, HAI TV for all NGOs to embrace.

The initiative also intends to identify, nurture and showcase talents of the underprivileged ones. “It is with a view to making them live a fulfilled life without being held back by the social circumstances capable of denying them deserved respect and attention in the  society,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Project director, Eluwole Elusiyan, has thanked the Ooni for his love and kindness towards the orphans and less privileged ones since he ascended the throne of his forefathers.

He described him as a king, a father, and a god to the entire Yoruba race, pleading with him to continue his support for orphanage homes across the nation while praying to God to continue to bless him the more.

He said this year’s event will have the kids showcase their talents to the world while artists like Tuface, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Sir Shina Peters, Niniola, Kenny Blaq, Gbenga Adeyinka the 1st and others will be there as entertainers they can draw inspirations from.

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