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Sijibomi Celebrates Birthday by Touching 10,000 Lives with a ‘#Sujimoto10000’ Give Back Initiative

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The ‘10000 Giving Back with Sujimoto‘ idea was borne out of the need to reach out to the needy in society, focusing 80% on our physically challenged women, single mothers, widows and other under privileged citizens of this nation. It is a major call to action on the Poverty Emancipation Programme (PEP) programme.

At Sujimoto, generosity is the pillar of our organization and we took full advantage of this preconception engaging in a hands-on “give back” initiative in our society precisely on our CEO’s birthday.

The ‘Packaging’ Day

The whole hall bore a pleasant ambience, on the 7th of April 2015, with a multitude of happy faces full of  love and excitement; packing the items for distribution – in the spirit of giving back to our society. We were also joined by Abba Atiku, who not only attend the dinner event, but helped us in packaging these items, and also joined us on the road show.

About 15-20 items/provisions consisting of rice, gala, noodles, oil, Maggi, golden morn, water, toothpaste, Dangote sugar, salt, soap, t-shirts, and loads of nourishment courtesy of Nestle Nig Plc, were carefully packed in customized ‘Sujimoto10000‘ bags, as we were all set to hit the road on the 8th of April 2015.

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Charity Dinner
Rhapsody’s has seen many events but few of them would meet the personification of class and glamour of ‘Sujimoto10000′ where the lights and camera flashes made it look like the premiere of a Hollywood movie as all was set for the evening. Adeola Odeku down to Agoro Odiyan was on a complete lock-down as everyone kept wondering; “What event is this?” Nigerians proved themselves to be committed to giving back as top shots in society, captains of industry, top politicians and individuals from all walks of life joined us in an evening filled with fun, luxury and giving. This event won’t be forgotten in a hurry, as Rhapsody’s did not falter in its service and hospitality.

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Niyi Williams & Tive Ibru

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Rabi, Toke & Friend

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Ariyike Akinbobola, Toke Makinwa, Ene Maya & Victor Ovia

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Falz The Bahd Guy delivered in his humorous manner which left the crowd in stitches and the beautiful Pearl was there to assist him. Niyola did not disappoint as she serenaded in her amazing voice remarkably engaging her audience and notable performances from Dammy Krane and The Robot Dancers left guests in awe.

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Falz & Pearl

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Dammy Krane

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Jide Adenuga, Ugo Okoye, Bolaji Folawiyo & Vixen

Jide Adenuga, Ugo Okoye, Bolaji Folawiyo & Vixen

Mr & Mrs. Nahi Halabi, RSVP Restaurant owners

Nahi Halabi, & his Wife, RSVP Restaurant owners

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Oba Dosunmu, Bolaji Eso & Niyi Adeyemi

Oba Dosunmu, Bolaji Eso & Niyi Adeyemi

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Remi Faleye

Remi Faleye

Efuntoun Osoba, Musty & Abba Atiku

Efuntoun Osoba, Musty & Abba Atiku

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Dr. & Mrs. Tayo Otubanjo (Lagos Business School)

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Owem

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HMO

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Bowale Jolaoso, Akin Onitire & Folajimi Lai-Mohammed

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Gomez & Usman

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Dharnesh Gordhon, MD, Nestle Nigeria Plc

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Buhari Dashuki, K. Sanusi & Friends

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Anselm Tabansi & Tommy Odama

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Abi Bakare

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Afeez

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Wiebe Boer from Tony Elumelu Group

The celebrant’s vote of thanks was an unscripted emotion laden speech, one filled with appreciation and extolling the virtues of his supportive mother who against all odds and without any formal education rose above all adversity to become who she is today.

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Mariam Atiku, Lolade Ogundele, Idayat Adebukola, Theo Makwe & Dharnesh Gordhon, MD Nestle Nigeria PLC

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The Sujimoto Team

Road Show & Charity Donations

“On Wednesday, what looked like a political rally was a campaign towards giving back to society. The 8th of April 2015 would never be forgotten. At the end of the day, we were filled a sense of fulfillment, knowing that we had made a difference in our society – by giving back. A convoy of about 10 cars and buses set out to give out our packaged bags and other items to charity organizations, needy on the streets and the general public. My friends, colleagues and many other people volunteered and joined us as we toured within Lagos to give to back. With about 70 stops in different areas from Ojuelegba, Orile, Iyana Ipaja, Makoko, Oshodi, and areas we never knew existed.

We had music, friends, and volunteers as recipients were extremely pleased as they received a surprise bag. The excitement, happiness and love was truly an unbeatable feeling for us. One lady with tears in her eyes said: ‘I didn’t know what to feed my kids with today, but your surprise has blessed my day, only God would bless you all'”

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We also encountered a set of one-year old twins – who were born on the same day as our CEO. These twins are at the Red Cross Home in Yaba which was one of the homes we visited.

He instantly fell in love with them and went further to take responsibility for them until they finish their university.

Our  friends, colleagues and many other people volunteered and joined us as we toured within Lagos to give to back.

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It is our belief that poverty is not just the absence of finances, but in reality, a poor mind is a weak mind.

So it might not be the capacity to give financially but the moral support, the time spent and selfless commitment to change someone’s life positively…that to me is the biggest asset invested in you by God.

We might not be able to help everyone but everyone can help one person. So let’s eradicate poverty as we all join together and touch one life after the other.”

We sincerely thank “Team Sujimoto;” Without you guys, this wouldn’t have happened, especially Oyinda who was instrumental in management, delegating and execution.

If your neighbour is hungry, your chicken is not safe”- Sijibomi Ogundele

For more pictures of The 10000 – Giving Back with Sujimoto event, visit: www.flickr.com

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9 Comments

  1. Anon

    April 20, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    MTN!

    Owem is Uwem. Mr Whyte!!

  2. Benny

    April 20, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    See my husband in my small head. Happy birthday hon. I saw the entourage that day. I was in my own vehicle. I suspected Siji was in the G-wagon. I turn face sharp sharp. Baby must not see me in this state of undress biko.
    Nice initiative

  3. tunmi

    April 20, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Wow…I really do hope they can discuss tax benefits for such philantropy

  4. le coco

    April 20, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    what a selfless young man.. this is the kind of man that represents nigerian youth… btw i read his writeup on his expirience in south africa.. pls i know you enjoyed yourself.. bt lets remember tht you wer in the sandton and rosebank areas where people are predominantly rich.. what ever business you were planning to set up in order to employ south african youth, pls consider putting it on a hault on account of the attacks going on against your people.. there are soo many countries that wld welcome your business such as kenya, or tanzania

  5. Funmi

    April 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Absolutely love everything about this campaign. Awesome job on the planning and execution of this project. May God continue to bless you as you serve as a blessing to others.

  6. chloe

    April 20, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    awww Bolaji Folawiyo is ageing gracefully

  7. Ibukun

    April 20, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I really love this. This is what I should be doing, touching people’s lives.

    • Nia

      April 21, 2015 at 12:19 am

      May God enrich and bless you to do same Ibukun, that statement is brave, many if us will never admit we should be doing same

  8. always happy

    April 21, 2015 at 1:31 am

    feed a man for a day, and he won’t be hungry, teach him how to fish and he can feed his family and others for forever and a day. Well done Sujimoto team, let’s eradicate poverty beyond stomach infrastructure levels. Amen

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