“We often worry a lot about what a child will become tomorrow but in most cases not intentional about the fact that he/she as someone today requires special attention”
“It is wiser for a society to focus on building strength and confidence into children than to spend lots of time and energy repairing the brokenness in adults”
“Any child given wings of independence tied to responsibility is already ordained to become outstanding in the affairs of life”
For a very long time, I pondered on and weaved the above sentences around my mind until it took a life of its own and led to spearheading the design of the recent 2019 CHILDREN SUMMIT tagged; CONVERSATION WITH THE FUTURE held at the precinct of the exquisite Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.
Little children drawn from across the various ethnic and religious poles of Nigeria displayed exceptional wit, raw talent, and zest laced with thought-provoking presentations. The outcome of this episode, however, brought clear definitions to a deafening alarm from the NEW in the NOW that the exit time of the OLD that will not renew on the stage of life is at hand as the power behind creation forces one generation to give way to the emergence of another generation………….
A major part of this event was dedicated to giving Merit Awards to some children for their exceptional performances in the year 2018;
1. CAPTAIN HOSA OKUNBO AWARD was given to Miss Munachi Mbonu -– The 12-year-old girl raised by a single mother who has written and published 2 best sellers
2. BOLA & OLUREMI TINUBU AWARD was given to Master Waris Olamilekan Kareem -– The 11-year-old hyper-realism pencil artist also raised by a single mother in the slum of Bariga, Lagos. His artworks caught the loving attention of President Macron of France during his visit to Nigeria in 2018; that led to a handsome gift of a well-furnished 2 bedroom apartment to his family in a decent location by Lagos State Government.
3. SIR KESSINGTON ADEBUTU AWARD was given to The Footprints of David Arts -– An academy of less privileged children in Bariga, Lagos whose dedication to dance drama has lifted them from the slum and taken them around several European countries on stage performances before Presidents of these nations.
Many thanks to the duo of eminent Pastor Ituah Ighodalo and the ever-charming Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi who were on hand to stimulate the children especially the awardees saying; Success at any point in life is not final; it is a determination in continuing to succeed till the end of your time that is very important.
With the turn out from the experimentation of this episode; I see NEW AND GRACEFUL NIGERIANS in the horizon silently arising from unlikely places…….let us create time and space for them.
Click Here to watch a photo script of electric moments at the occasion…….
Looking forward to another installment before the end of 2019 by God’s grace.
© Seye Oyetade – Matters of Heritage