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Airtel Feeds 5,000 Nigerians in Five Days of Love Initiative

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Director, Corporate Communication and CSR, Emeka Oparah; MD and CEO, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya and Senior Manager, Site deployment, Airtel Nigeria, Fred Ekete at the Lagos flag-off of Airtel Five Days of Love

Airtel Nigeria brought joy, smile and laughter to thousands of Nigerians as it kicked-off its Five Days of love initiative, feeding over 5,000 people across the country.

Partnering with UAC restaurants, owners of the popular Mr Biggs brand, the Airtel Five Days of Love campaign crisscrossed Lagos, Ibadan, Enugu and Abuja.

Across the four locations, excited crowd poured encomiums on Airtel, thanking the telco for the food and for also doling out different prizes including airtime, smartphones and cash gifts just as many described the initiative as a perfect Christmas present.

As part of the programme, over 1000 people in Ibadan, Oyo State received the free meals at Ojo Barracks, Ibadan while the campaign reached additional 1000 beneficiaries in the Federal Capital territory (FCT), Abuja at the Catholic Church Field, Old Karimu, Abuja. Also in Lagos and the South East, it was fun and laughter all the way as Airtel literally fed thousands.

The Five Days of Love CSR initiative is part of Airtel’s Employee Volunteer Scheme (EVS), a platform created to assist underprivileged people across the country.

Residents of Enugu state will not forget Friday, December 16, 2016 in a hurry, as Airtel Nigeria brought them not just food but hope, encouragement, laughter and joy.

And of course, Abuja was not left out of the fun. Regional Operations Director for the Northern Region, Wole Abu, made sure his guests were kept entertained all day long. There was a medley of songs, dances and various comic acts that reminded residents of the Federal Capital Territory that Airtel Nigeria definitely brought the Christmas spirit with them.


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4 Comments

  1. oluchi Lambert

    December 29, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Nice one Airtel

  2. madman

    December 29, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I have an issue with styrofoams. They are unsafe. Please find paper plates instead. Thank you. Styrofoams HARM the environment.

  3. X-Factor

    December 29, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Weldone Airtel.

    However, how will these guys find the next meal?. What happens if the quality of the next meal is inferior to this?. I think we need to rethink our system. I opine that there is a fundamental flaw with handouts. For organizations with huge financial muscle, reaching out to the underprivileged should be focused on delivering a more holistic and sustainable value that will most likely result in wealth creation. i.e rather than feed 5000, empower one hundred people and monitor their progress to ensure multiplier effect(s) .

    We promote laziness and entitlement mentality which has gotten us here as a nation and continent. Japan, Germany, Singapore e.t.c were recipients of aids at some point after the world war but today they have graduated to giving out aids, however, African countries are positioning to collect more aids after squandering past handouts…….We need a paradigm shift

    • Janet Vom

      December 30, 2016 at 8:37 am

      You have a point there. However, many of these organisations have social empowerment schemes which not so many of us are aware of. Airtel for example has the Airtel Touching Lives initiative which is used to empower people in different aspects across the country. Even more recently, they were in the news with the Aso Villa Demo Day where they empowered 3 startups with N3m each. I for one as a tech founder was really impressed with this initiative. Yes, you might say just 3 startups, however, imagine the no. of people this will directly or indirectly impact upon. You can research this. Same goes for other organisations.

      Really, how else again can they show love to all these people, 5,000 of them. I think the prerogative is now on the government to create an enabling environment for the people to succeed. The private organisations can only do their bit. Remember, they have their obligations to their board as well as employees. We will be the first to cry foul if they are unable to meet these obligations. Feeding 5,000 is a brilliant idea, considering it’s one of their many initiatives.

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