The Arole Oduduwa and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II as picked Sunday 24th June 2018 as the date for this year’s GiveBack Concert which aimed at raising the orphans and less privileged people in the country, saying he remains committed to the socio-economic upliftment of this category of people in the society.
Ooni Ogunwusi made this pronouncement on Wednesday at his ‘Ile Oodua’ palace in Ile-Ife when he received a delegation of entertainment stakeholders led by the Project Ambassador; Cobham’s Asuquo, a physically impaired entertainer who has made it through life despite his physical challenge discovered by the people who saw the best in him and took care of his every needs to ensure that his talent did not remain untapped.
The African foremost monarch who the Chief Convener of the event who began this journey through Hopes Alive Initiative (HAI) said there’s the need for everyone to participate by sowing a seed into the lives of all underprivileged.
According to him, many young less privileged succumb to peer pressure and eventually choose criminalism as a way of life because they lack proper care required to positively shape their future. He said if we do this right there will be less crime and violence in our nation and the peace we so much crave will be achieved.
This 2nd edition of the annual GiveBack Concert which was recently endorsed by the former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is slated to hold on 24th June, 2018 at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. High profile Nigerians and corporate bodies are expected to be in attendance as all hands will be on deck to ensure the orphans and less privileged in the country’s needs are met. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo while speaking about the Concert said this is going to be the first time Nigerians will come together to remember the orphans and less privileged in a positive way without government interference. He then implored all well meaning Nigerians to support by donating in their capacity to the lives of these less privileged ones.
The Deputy convener Temitope Adesegun thanked everyone for their support and endorsement of this project.
“It is no news that Non-Governmental Organizations are the major backbones of the underprivileged in the society. This is the reason Hopes Alive Initiatives is launching a television programme: HAI TV for all NGOs to embrace as this will serve as a platform to discuss all encompassing and global issues affecting underprivileged while at the same time empowering them”.
“The initiative also intends to identify, nurture and showcase talents of the underprivileged ones. It is with a view to making them live a fulfilled life without being held back by the social circumstances capable of denying them deserved respect and attention in the society”. Temitope Adesegun explained.
In his vote of thanks, the project director of Giveback Concert, Eluwole Elusiyan thanked the Ooni who he called “king of masses” for his love and kindness towards the orphans and less privileged ones since he ascended the throne of his forefathers. describing him as a special king sent by God to reposition the Yoruba Race.
Elusiyan, a popular Saxophonist known as “Wole Sax” pleaded with His Majesty to continue his support for orphanage homes across the nation and the Almighty God in his abundance will continue to bless him more, saying this year’s event will have the kids showcase their talents to the world while artists like Tuface, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, Sir Shina Peters, Niniola, Kenny Blaq, Gbenga Adeyinka the first and others will be there as entertainers they can draw inspirations from.