The Shakers Foundation, a coalition of showbiz personalities have commended the Federal Government and front line health workers in their battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The group gave the commendation in a statement in Lagos by its Head, Media Communications, Mr Smart Okotie.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Shakers Foundation is made up of celebrities in the sports and entertainment industries.
They include; Mutiu Adepoju (ex-Super Eagles); Yemi Solade (Actor &Film-Maker); Ugochukwu Stephen (Ruggedman- Rapper & UN Peace Ambassador); Foluke Daramola (Actress).
Others are: Aralola Olamuyiwa (Singer Talking Drummer and Culture Ambassador); Saheed Mohammed (a.k.a Funky Mallam-Actor,Comedian); Kemi Afolabi (Actress, Film-Maker and Human Rights Activist); Oge Okoye (Actress and Film-Maker).
Also in the team were; Murphy Afolabi (Actor and Film-Maker); and Yomi Fabiyi (Actor, Film-Maker and Human Rights Ambassador).
They praised the unwavering spirit and endurance of COVID-19 front line health workers as they sustained the fight against all odds.
The statement commended the doggedness of the doctors, nurses, fire-fighters, soldiers, policemen and other essential service providers, who worked tirelessly all through the lockdown period and beyond.
” We use this medium to formally express special gratitude to all Nigerian professionals who worked relentlessly at great risk to their lives at the frontline of the marathon battle against COVID-19.
” The Shakers Foundation shares an undying dream of a vibrant and prosperous Nigeria with millions of fellow Nigerians spread across our blessed national landscape, we are a multi-cultural family.
” Our commitment is to Nigeria’s positive evolution, in which we engage in activities that resonate with the safety, protection and enhancement of Nigeria’s human capital,” it added.
The group lauded the selfless contributions made by prominent Nigerians, businessmen and nonprofit organisations in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
They also appreciated the Federal Government, State Governors; and Local Government Chairmen, for all they had done to curb the spread.
” The statistics recorded for COVID-19 related deaths in Nigeria testifies to the efficiency and effectiveness put in by the spectrum of Nigerian professionals who were duly mobilised against the pandemic by government.
” We express our gratitude to companies and all kind-hearted Nigerians of means who made selfless donations to the anti-COVID-19 cause, we thank you all.
” The world is still stuck in the battle against COVID-19, businesses have shut-down, schools are closed; economies struggling in meltdown mode; families in distress; societies apprehensive and confused.
” COVID-19, like all other challenges that have been defeated by mankind will, in due season be an experience of the past, our hearts pour out to all who have lost loved ones to the disease,” the statement said.
The Shakers Foundation was established for the express purpose of facilitating humanitarian and development efforts in Nigeria.
” Our membership is comprised of persons whose presence, passion and sustained popularity in the Nigerian limelight rest on the love given by Nigerians from all strata of society.
” We thank all Nigerians for their love and reiterate our dedication to reciprocating to the best of our ability for as long as we live,” the celebrities said.
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Emmanuel Okara (NAN)https://nnn.ng/covid-19-celebrities-commend-fg-health-workers-others/
Foundation donates food, other gifts items to widows in Abuja
News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the maiden edition of the foundation’s meeting on Saturday in Abuja, the widows were full of praises to the foundation.
Major items such as rice, spaghetti, indomie, seasoning, vegetable oil, salt, bread, Ankara materials, shoes and cash were distributed to widows.
Mrs Bukola Adewumi, founder of the SASF, said empowering widows was a dream come through for her, adding that her mother was also a widow and knew what she went through during the period, until she passed on.
”This is like a burden to me, my mother was a widow, I knew what she went through, the struggle and I have nursed this ambition from my university days and also given the little I had then,” she said.
Adewumi said she had been giving her widow’s mite before now, but that it was time to establish a foundation that would be readily available to cater for their needs.
She noted that her greatest joy would be to see the widows smile, stressing that it was the essence of establishing the foundation to assist widows.
According to her, SASF will not only be about sharing food items, but would also ensure that the widows are trained on entrepreneurial skills, in other to have a ready source of livelihood.
She explained that the foundation would acquire land and build a widow’s home, in a bid to have projects running there.
”Whatever money we make as proceeds will be plough back to the widows,” she said.
Adewumi said the foundation would have a data base where the names and details of all widows would be saved, for possible support, adding that widows, who register with her foundation, would no longer be a liabilities.
She then called on public spirited Nigerians to contribute to the foundation in the drive to help the widows out of doldrums, adding that their financial support would help cushion their plight.
Mrs Elizabeth Aledare, a resident of Lugbe Airport road, lauded the foundation, adding that the gesture was a divine intervention for her as she and her children had nothing to eat at the moment.
She said that one of her children was billed to return to school come Sept. 21, but that the fear of getting her food had overwhelmed her, until the foundation intervened.
Aladare, 53, from Kogi, who had been a widow for 12 years, said she would remain grateful for the swift intervention by the foundation.
Mrs Chinese Ozor, one of the beneficiaries, a 40 -year-old widow from Enugu, who lost her husband in 2016, commended the organiser, describing the initiative as a timely intervention.
She said such gesture would linger in her memory, while calling for support from Nigerians for the foundation to be able to reach out to other widows.
Mrs Binta Aminu, another beneficiary, 42, from Katsina, who lost her husband in 2018, said the intervention by the foundation was heartwarming.
Aminu said she could not believe her eyes with the items provided by the foundation, while commending the organiser for the kind gesture.
Mary Adeyemi, 23, from Oyo, who lost her husband in 2019, described the gesture as huge and wonderful.
The young widow urged other public spirited Nigerians to join hands with SASF to reduce the burden of widows in the country.
Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Felix Ajide
The Smile Attaracts Smile Foundation (SASF) distributing food items on Saturday in Abujahttps://nnn.ng/foundation-donates-food-other-gifts-items-to-widows-in-abuja/
Plateau: NFC trains 60 youths in Modern Film Techniques
The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), says it has trained 60 youths in modern film techniques in Plateau state.
Managing Director, (NFC) Dr Chidia Maduekwe, stated this at the closing ceremony of the training in Jos on Saturday.
He said the objective of the training was to unlock the creative potential of youths in the state.
“It is an honour to be able to train all of you in modern film techniques in the state, this is just one of our training programmes for the year.
“This will enable you to be able to relate with your creative energy in the country and the world at large.
“The main objective of this training is to unlock the creative potential of youths in the state to make you self sufficient and positive impact on the economy through your talents,” he said.
Maduekwe said it was important for the country to embrace the creative sector to be able to catch up economically with other parts of world especially as other critical sectors in the country were faced with challenges.
He added that the Agricultural sector and the creative sector must be placed on the same level of importance as they go hand in hand in creating wealth for the country.
“Feeding the nation and the creative industry must go hand in hand because when we eat and not use the energy to be creative, we will be eating for nothing.
“Film is not just play but real business, it’s an industry that can be used to diversify the economy of a country.
Maduekwe tasked the participants to use the knowledge impacted on them as their post COVID-19 survival tool.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the participants who were drawn from different parts of the state were trained in costume and makeup, editing, lighting/sound and production/set design.
Starter packs such as laptops, sewing machines, video cameras, drone cameras and others were given to each of the participants at the end of the training.
Mr Meshak Goyit, a participant at the training, commended the organisers for the opportunity given to them to be trained and acquire new skills. by the NFC, promising to put what they have learnt to good use.https://nnn.ng/plateau-nfc-trains-60-youths-in-modern-film-techniques/
Edo Election: Obaseki queues up to vote
The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Saturday followed the prescribed electoral process by standing on the queue to be accredited, before casting his vote.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obaseki arrived his Oredo Ward 4 Polling Unit at Emokpae Model Primary School, Benin City at about 10:25am.
Mr Church Haris, a voter at the Governor’s Polling Unit in Oredo Ward 4 commended the governor for following the election procedure.
“I was amazed that he took a position on the queue.
“He surprised many voters in this ward. We are proud of him,’’ he said.
Rita Osahon, who also voted at the polling unit, similarly commended the governor for staying on the queue to cast his vote.
Sylvester Okoduwa, an official of the Transition Monitoring Group, an election NGO, commended the peaceful commencement of the electoral process in the Edo state capital.
He said the election had started on a peaceful note and the voters wore their face masks, observed the social distancing rule, and also washed their hands in compliance to the COVID-19 protocols.
Edo is voting to elect a governor to run its state affairs for the next four years.
The state has a total of 2, 210,534 registered voters in 18 local government areas with 192 wards.
Edited By: Constance Imasuen/Idonije Obakhedo
Edo 2020: Voters observe social distancing
Voters in Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s polling unit, Oredo Ward 4, Emokpae Model Primary School, Benin City, were seen observing physical distancing, washing hands and wearing face masks to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
News Agency of Nigeria , reports that aside security check points provided at the centre of the community, residents moved around freely with their face masks.
Miss Esosa Igbinegin, a voter in Oredo Ward 1(unit 3), said that voters were observing the COVID-19 guidelines.
“Voting is going on well here and no issues at all.
“We are all on our face masks as directed,” she said.
Miss Ehi Osagie, another voter in Oredo Ward 1 (unit 3), said that security personnel were working hard to ensure a hitch-free election.
“Security teams are working well, voting is ongoing peacefully in this Ward,” she said.
Meanwhile, voters in Oredo Ward 12 with 6 units in Oba market were wearing face masks but not observing physical distancing.
Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Felix Ajide