The Shuga Limb Foundation Empowerment Project tagged, ‘The Gifted and Talented’, was held amidst accolades and appreciation at the Social Place, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Monday, May 30th 2016.
An initiative of the lead singer of the popular Shuga Band and disability advocate, Akiin Shuga, it was organised to celebrate and empower people living with disabilities. The event witnessed an assemblage of accomplished personalities.They include the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Ogun state, Hon. Bimbo Ashiru, wife of the Minister for Lands, Power and Housing, Dame Abimbola Fashola, and the Chairperson Lekki British International School, Biodun Laja. Others are AIG Tunji Alapini (Rtd), Wole Okunfulure and Tosin Martins.
Shuga who was recently honoured as one of the icons of ability in disability by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwummi Ambode, reiterates that people living with disabilities (PLDs) must cultivate the mindset of financial independence to aid sustainable livelihood.
On his part, Ashiru, gave a clarion call on the government and stakeholders to empower enterprising persons living with disabilities (PLDs) in Nigeria, who lack the financial capacity to achieve their dreams and excel in their pursuits.
The high point of the event was the presentation of work tools to beneficiaries of the Shuga limb Foundation Empowerment Project. They include a physically challenged cobbler, Matthew David, a physically challenged photographer, Olaitan Keshinro and a speech impaired fashion designer, Jamiu Fatai. Others are a physically challenged student, Tope Akinleye and a physically challenged Visual Artist, Toma Onu, who paints with her legs.
While Keshinro was handed a professional canon camera, new wheelchair and photo printer, Fatai was gifted a fully equipped tailoring set. Akinleye on the other hand, had her tuition and accommodation paid for just as Onu went home with work tools and a three-month tutelage with a visual art instructor.
To round off the occasion, special recognition awards were handed out to media personality Adenike Oyetunde, Idiat Amusu, art instructor, Micheal Oluwatosin, a physically challenged cobbler, Olumide Adegbenro and the legendary Cobhams Asuquo.
Check out all the photos from the event:
Receiving their Awards…
More Fun Photos…
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