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Rukky Sanda, Denrele, Genevieve Nnaji and other celebrities show love to vulnerable children through charity this Valentine’s Season



Sometimes in the midst of work and personal commitments, we forget that there are many people who do not enjoy the same luxuries that many of us have access to – Good health and a strong support system are definitely blessings that some of the most vulnerable members of our society crave for.

There are sick children in the cancer wards of our hospitals and thousands of abandoned or orphaned children in orphanages and motherless’ babies homes.

We often question why celebrities publicize their charity initiatives, however we believe that it is a great way to raise awareness and funds especially in underserved areas.

This Valentine’s season – on the 14th and 15th of February 2011, several celebrities decided to spread the love by visiting the children’s cancer ward of Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and then orphanages including the Little Saints Orphanage, the Red Cross Orphanage, the Heritage Homes Orphanage and several others.

Celebrities including Rukky Sanda, Denrele Edun, Gbenro Ajibade, Vivian Ejike and Kenneth Okolie visited the Red Cross Orphanage while Genevieve Nnaji visited the Heritage Homes Orphanage. They played with the children and brought them books, educational toys and other gifts. According to Rukky, she organized her aspect of the initiative to bring smiles to the faces of the children.

We pray that the children enjoyed their gifts and the presence of their guests. We sincerely hope and pray they are healed/get adopted into good homes soon. We also hope that you are inspired to do something for these children and those around you, we certainly are…

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Photo Credit: Rukky Sanda


  1. ruby

    February 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Nice one

  2. ikidnow

    February 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    how ironic. just read an article about celebrities and taking photo ops with charity for PR a few days ago on Bella Naija. Perhaps they could have shared these photos with their families and friends and not with the entire web?

    kudos to them though.

    • moi

      February 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

      Nigerians are their own problems! if we all keep feeding each other negative remarks,how can we go forward? with the entire country stenching with negativity! pr or not, we shuld focus on the main thing, which is the happiness of these kids (not the celebs), just seeing theSE kids smile makes my heart light.

      snide comments is beginning to sound like a broken record on NIGERIANS! Americans publicize Anglina Jolie’s humanity work to encourage others,MAYBE THATS WAT THEY’RE DOING.

    • ikidnow

      February 18, 2011 at 11:15 am

      I’m sure you were one of those praising this article when it was written. abeg park well.

      Seun Anikulapko Kuti once said to me, that giving with cameras is not giving. It is PR. He said “You don’t have to call a press conference; then bring all the cameras in the world because you have opened a bore hole to provide pipe borne water in a community”

      Some people may disagree but he does make a good point. They will say that using celebrities and taking photographs helps increase the media attention which in turn creates a larger awareness for the cause.

  3. Bibi

    February 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    First to comment!

    • Ready

      February 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      Nah boo…more like third.

      Good cause, but Rukky Sanda with the red hair? If you’re gonna copy someone, let it look better on you. Sitting there looking like Ronald McDonald.

    • tosin o

      February 21, 2011 at 7:57 am


    • Miss Face

      February 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Not quite! lol! (on behalf of the Amaka who would have said just that).

    • Miss Face

      February 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      @ Bibi for saying 1st to comment.


      February 18, 2011 at 2:19 am

      not quite…LOL
      hahahahaha @ Miss Face & Ready

      is Rukky Sanda okay? why is she trying to be Rihanna? when Rihanna went short and black during her “Umbrella” and “Take A Bow” days everyone started doing that hairstyle. then with her “Rude Boy/Rated R” phase, everyone started shaving their heads and dying the front part blonde. [Keri Hilson, Munachi(Muna), Sharon Rekena Ojong (Kokolette) ] na wa! Rihanna really is a trendsetter. the illuminati is getting all of them! lol jk.

      anyway, about the post itself…why the hell should people be smilign and posing while doing chairty? we should see the pictures of them hard at work or actually DOING something. they are just grabbing these poor kids and taking photos for publicity. this is sad. SMH.
      i would rather HEAR about chairty than SEE it. why bring along a whole camera crew? seems VERY fake!

  4. Miss Face

    February 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Awwwww how thoughtful! Rukky even had her hair done in line with the valentine color. that said, where is the geneveive? Huh Bella? not being sarcastic or anything but, this was quite thotful + it looks like the kids had fun. well done. but where is geneveive?huh? somebody?, anybody?

    • nnaeneka

      February 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      Genny was there but didnt take pictures

  5. Chibaby

    February 17, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    [email protected] the chick with red hair. Girl wear a look that brings out your finest more not what others are doing.

    Kudos to waht they are doing. I hope they are not doing it for PR. it is a wonderful way to celebrate valentine, I should know that.

  6. jennietobbie

    February 17, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    God bless you Sandra and Denrele….and everyone else. Brought tears to my eyes…..sometimes, we forget that some people are in pain somewhere in the world. Thank you.!!!

  7. Joohls

    February 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    i tire for this our celebs abi wetin i go call them. you don’t have to turn every giving opportunity to a PR tactic. just do your bit and go home. send the pic to your friend if you like it so much. don’t carry camera crew and post the whole thing on the web. haba

    • loneky

      February 18, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      I think some of these charity works should be published to inspire others. There is nothing wrong with publishing it all you fault finders. Go get some life and stop looking for a loophole in every action. Kudos to all of our stars that have put some smiles on the lips of these great children. Go and do your own and stop finding faults.

    • Joohls

      February 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      FYI, loneky, people do this EVERYDAY as a habit. Normal people like us visit orphanages quietly. “our stars ko, our moons ni”. Stop looking for heroes on TV to “inspire” you. You don’t need a red-haired rukky sanda to inspire you to do something to help others.

    • Ready

      February 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      [email protected] Joohls…thanks for making me laugh on a Sunday morning. Sometimes, scratch that, most times, the commenters on BN outshine the article no matter how well written or entertaining it is. “Our stars ko, our moons ni” Priceless.

  8. Funmie

    February 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    lol. tell me about it

  9. Attentively curious me!

    February 18, 2011 at 2:13 am

    the last picture with the little girl hugging or holding Rukky’ leg is so cute. bless!

  10. mary007

    February 18, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Really good of them however Rukky’s hair colour is distracting me

  11. MeeT

    February 18, 2011 at 3:54 am

    For whatever reason they did what they did, the most important things are the kids and I bet they don’t give a dang whether it was for PR or not. Someone put smiles on their faces that day, that’s all. Instead of questioning their motives, learn one or two things from them. Whatever your reason for volunteering or helping out doesn’t really matter; just do it.

  12. vikky

    February 18, 2011 at 5:15 am

    i am glad that the kids felt better with thier presence bt u can clearly see from the pictures that they r not doing this for the kids but for their images……i mean commmon,if you are being generous, do it in private….for those who do not know, late michael jackson was the only celebrity in the world wo donated so much of his money and time to charities but you never heard of it until his death….i appreciate the little that u give bt dont go out bringing cameras and causing chaos in neighborhoods bc u r indiectly promoting urselves…..genny is more like it….as much as i would like to see the pictures, am glad it was only mentioned……

    • loneky

      February 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

      Abeg shut up and go do your own. If it is American celebrities we’ll be hailing them. Abeg let me hear word

    • Ready

      February 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      I don’t know your perception of American celebrities but you speak of them as though all of us praise them. Yeah, Angelina Jolie but she’s an ambassador for the U.N; they have to follow her around…it’s U.N. work. Other than telethons where you really need to raise money like the Hurricane Katrina project and the earthquake in Haiti, not many stars promote pictures of their charity work or can be very public about it without being criticized.

  13. Oma

    February 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Thats how it should be. may God bless them truly.

  14. kaymeee

    February 18, 2011 at 10:01 am

    awww!!this was really thoughtful of them

  15. Sanya

    February 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

    The hateration that spews form Nigerians make me sick. God bless these guys. private or public, it doesnt matter, generous is generous, what have you done lately? Also making it public encouraging others to do the same.

  16. Tioluwani

    February 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Pick d lessons from every act and don’t bother with others!Instead of critics; do something people can see n be inspired.. Good job Ajibade, Denrele n co..

  17. sumo

    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I’m so inspired by this.

  18. nenye

    February 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    so vry totful of dem, des critics,observez &co.makes d whole bloc intrstin.. weldone pips

  19. nnaeneka

    February 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    thumbs up Genevieve oga Denrele and Rukky may God bless your hearts

  20. marvel

    February 18, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Good on you guys! Keep up the good work. I will never take instructions from a Kuti, whose relative was one of the most sexually amoral musicians whose fame included objectifying women (marrying 27 in a day? Anybody?).

  21. zavilli

    February 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    The kids might be happy but wat dey did is very wrong cos its even in d bible. read matthew 6:1-3. Kudos to genevieve for not showing in d pix…i ve always loved u but u just made me love u more.

  22. Lolo

    February 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Those were my exact thoughts Zavilli while everyone is talking about PR stunts and what not, pls take note that Genevieve did not publicize herself in those photos. True class I tell you. Hell..she won’t even talk to CNN about her charity work. Heart her truly.

    • bobbydox

      February 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      much blessing jare make ur bread be filled with plenty plenty butter Xx

  23. RMG

    February 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    That baby in Denrele’s arms looks well at peace!

  24. Purpleicious Babe

    February 18, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    WOW…. this is what I like to see, love shown and demonstrated to children in different circumstances to others. It makes me feel humane seeing this, that niaj is not all about oppression, latest status and money. I believe in the joy of doing good, that is one of the reasons JESUS specifically came on this earth to establish. The need to show heart felt love. I know God will continue to raise men and women of passion to show love and care for the world. God bless bella naija for posting this, it is a positive PR. Thumps up.

    I believe these children should also be adopted thus, extend your hearfelt love by giving these children more hope and a future.

  25. MissMe

    February 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I sort of understand what the others are saying, it’s a bit of a contradiction going from a recent post(on this site) condemning good deeds done in front of cameras, to praising the exact same thing (on the same site, less than two days apart). Whatever their motives are, (as we can’t all see into the hearts of men) kudos to them for the deed itself.

  26. k.fed

    February 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Coming frm both siides every1 has a point, buh ma advice wld b 4 all to take positivity out of this…sm1 ws so quick to quote d bible, if wat D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ did was to raise awareness so others can get inspired nd do same then i̶̲̥̅̊ see nofin wrong, why do U̶̲̥̅̊ think U̶̲̥̅̊.N employ celebrities as ambassadors? Its to use their fame to draw awareness to the conditions of the less priviledge… i̶̲̥̅̊ commend their effort cos i̶̲̥̅̊ for 1 has never visitd an orphanage nd its so sad…most of U̶̲̥̅̊ bad mouthin nd quotin bible wat hv U̶̲̥̅̊ done…ask U̶̲̥̅̊я self dat question nd leave ppls motive to them…cheers

  27. C. Green

    February 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Since the CNN interview which exposed Genevieve, she has been running up and down for charity works. Good for her and the children. Now if only she can learn to be more gracious to others even when cameras are not involved

  28. lara

    February 19, 2011 at 1:42 am

    9ice one.atleast dey wud no dey r luved.kip it up

  29. angela ukekweh

    February 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    @ c green..I smell jealousy. Leave genevieve alone.I am sure it took a lot of hardwork for her to be where she is today.Don’t pull her down! Just because she is not on camera does not mean that she does not do charity work. What about St. Genevieve clothings and the fact that some of the proceeds goes to charity? By the way how many times have you bought any dress from that clothing line,knowing fully well that some of the profits will go to charity? Sweetie, each and every one of us has a role to play. Celebrity or not. In a country like Nigeria, where there is no welfare,helping an immediate member of your family,like paying tuition for youths, helping people learn a trade,taking care of an elderly is also charity work.Let’s all get involved!!!!!!!!

    • Sia

      February 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      What is she jealous about? Did you listen to that interview? Or where you looking at the screen?

  30. NASHA

    February 20, 2011 at 7:02 am

    i hope the kids dint faint after seein denrele’s sky scraper shoes!!!

  31. Gennylander

    February 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    I noticed Bella did not post my response to C green. I will keep my suspicions on that to myself. But I insist on stating the fact that Genevieve visited an orphanage ‘Arrows of God’ 2 yrs ago with Kate Henshaw which she shared on her fan book and there was no CNN or Bellanaija at the time. We even know because she cared to share, how much more the ones she didn’t. Stop deluding yourself to thinking you are the reason behind her every move. That’s pure arrogance coming from someone who is a complete stranger to her. Try and conceal your bad belle a bit you hear? It stinks!

    • C. Green

      February 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

      Why do Nollywood fans go so crazy when one makes factual statements about their stars. Miss Nnaji’s visit to the Orphanage with Mrs. Nutal was well publicized. I am a blogger and if i recall, i did cover it at the time. However, during the CNN interview, she did not respond adequately to the question of charity which indeed created some flak among the fans. Since then Miss Nnaji has done some charity work which is good for her image. Now, I have witnessed this woman twice with fans and it was not so gracious. I don’t care to elaborate because I do not seek to drag her down. What is wrong with making factual observations Gennylander? It only makes our stars or celebrities better.

  32. Fairy Godsister

    February 21, 2011 at 1:17 am

    PR stunt, full stop.

  33. Gennylander

    February 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Your being a blogger does not make you a qualified critic or make your claims of how not gracious Genny is to her fans factual. You have witnessed twice her reaction to fans; I have witnessed her reaction to a crowd and how well she handled the UK to be precise. What makes you think I am not blogger myself. You say she has been running helter skelter since the CNN interview like you were running with her ,ITK! Your statement is down right detrimental to her image so stop with the pretense that you are being neutral. Because I defend what I know I have become a crazy fan abi? Should I assume you are a crazy hater then??
    Talking about making our stars and Celebs better: You are yet to acknowledge the good about her and that which she has done and somehow you want me to believe you are doing this for her best interest?? Go and sit down my friend!!!

  34. addicted

    February 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Nice gennylander! But when will Nigerians start to see positivity in things. Camera or no camera the point is they gladdened some children’s mind! Why do u think UN appoints celebrities as ambassadors..because we see them everyday and watch them..they are role models to some people and by thus encouring the public to do the same. If one can be inspired from peoples’ publicised achievements why can’t charity work be publicised so as to inspire the public? Pls rest!!ap

  35. Funke

    February 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Omg! They are truly some – people here. Fyi, am a fan of derele,genny and rukky and I follow them on twitter I suggest you do the same if you want 1st hand information. 1. The whole orphanage idea was rukky’s and she bought all the toys and books herself I remember she was meant to do it on 1st of jan but the toys did not come in from London or whrevr she bought it from. 2. Derele pllanned the whole event 3. Cancer patients in luth was genevieve’s idea and she invited sanda and sanda invited derele cos they were goin to redcross on dat 15th, 4.genny was not at little saints on 14th, Vivian Ejike was. 5. Genny and rukky were not in luth at the same time cos rukky and derele got there late and genny was going to heritate while derele and sanda went to red cross. And finally the pictures on this site were taken frm twitter cos I’Ve noticed that is the way on this site and it was obviously from their blackberry phones, according to twitter. So appreciate the good work and kudos to them stop all this negativity and bad belle or it will kill you one day. May God bless them all. And somebody pls beg genny, derele and rukky to pls follow me back on twitter cos I love them and love their work and compliment and pray for them but ordinary follow back they no follow me. God bless all good people and purnish bad people.

  36. dammy

    February 17, 2012 at 10:27 am

    well done peolpes great one u av done here
    GOD bless ur hustle.

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