Event to honour patrons of people living with disabilities
By Nsikan Ikpe
A non-governmental organisation, NGO, the Empathy Driven Women International Initiative, EDWIIN is set to celebrate charity organizations and great men and women who have been doing phenomenal work in the disabled community in Nigeria as part of the first “EDWIIN Celebration of Charities 2017”.
The theme of the event is “Arresting Disabilities” and this year, the NGO, EDWIIN is focusing on charities targeted to people living with disabilities. The event is scheduled to hold in Lagos on Friday, December 22.
A statement from EDWIIN convener, Uri Ngozichukwuka outlines that the idea is to acknowledge those who have given help given in the areas of Health, Disability aids, Education, Vocational Skills, Food, Shelter, Empowerment, Mentorship, Counseling and Business Development.
Listed awardeees to be honoured at the event include Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri, the Medical Director and Psychiatrist – In – Chief at Pinnacle Medical Services, Ms Oluwatoyin Adesola, the Executive Director and Founder of Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative Danceathon Health Project Club, Ms Oluwatoyin Ibidunni Adesola. the founder of the Sickle Cell Anemia Management Center, SAMI, Daniel Amaechi Onwe, an expert in disability jurisprudence and National President of Association of Lawyers with Disabilities in Nigeria (ALDIN) and Adetola Olusola Ahuoiza Makinde, founder of the Moyinoluwa Rainbow Foundation, one of the very few Down syndrome centers in Lagos, Nigeria.
Others are Rose Ekaete Mordi, a British-trained business Administrator. Founder/ President, Down syndrome Foundation Nigeria, Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, the Executive Director of Project Alert on Violence Against Women (Project Alert VAW), an NGO focusing in research on, advocacy and Support services for female victims of violence, Mr. Adeboye Abioye, the founder, Theseabilities Limited and Theseabilities Foundation, Nonyelum Nweke, the founder and CEO of Cerebral Palsy Center (CpCenter) the first center in Nigeria to solely manage children with Cerebral Palsy (CP), Okaro Oreva popularly called PrinceTalk, who as a child had suffered from measles which left him with a sight defect, but has since grown to be an exciting super compere and an instrument of motivation to the youths and physically challenged people around the globe.
Equally being honoured are Apalowo Samuel Olumuyiwa, a retired Director of Social Development, Lagos State.
who retired in 2010 as Director for Social Development, Deaconess Adedoyin Beyioku-Alase. Founder and President, Deaf and Dumb Women Association in Nigeria, popularly known as “mama deaf,” and Mina Okwara, the Director, Sales & Marketing/Human Resources, Megalectrics Limited (Operators of three of the most popular Radio Stations in Nigeria today; THE BEAT 99.9FM, CLASSIC FM 97.3 & NAIJA FM 102.7), Lauretta Irukwu, a seasoned administrator and prolific writer and Toyin Eriye, Editor-in-chief/CEO of Red House Publishing Limited – publishers of Joy magazine.
Also on the schedule of activities for the day, are two speakers. Life Coach,Wole Olusola will speak on “Managing Your Emotions” and Medical doctor/Clinical Psychologist,Dr Maymunah Kadiri will speak on “The Emotional Well-Being And You”.
EDWIIN focuses on women living with physical disabilities who also have a passion and will to live way above their physical limitations. It is a media based and hands on charity that believes in creatively bringing awareness to this community and changing public perception of people living with physical disabilities, even as its goal ultimately is changing lives, one woman at a time.
The organisation was founded by Uri Ngozichukwuka, a Banker-turned Multiple Media Consultant, who also serves as CEO at April BENJAMIN and Dawn Communications.
Pix: EDWIIN founder, Uri Ngozichukwuka