Starrys Obazei/November 25, 2022.
entertainment konzult ltd (ekl), a leading events and promotions company based in Lagos, Nigeria, is set to launch The African Givers Awards (TAGA) on the 16th of December 2022.
According to ekl organizers, TAGA promises to be an annual event which is borne out of the fact that over the years, the non-governmental space across Nigeria and Africa has not been fully recognized and rewarded on a bigger stage to highlight their various contributions in providing humanity services in communities which is often undertaken by various individuals, government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders.
It is mainly an award for stakeholders that have pooled their human and financial resources to keep the sector alive and encourage those that don’t support to start doing same.
Although this is the first edition, just to encourage those corporate bodies and individuals to continue in their support for the sector.
According to ekl’s CEO, Willie Workman Oga, to give the event an international outlook, TAGA has instituted a special category apart from other categories tagged “Giver for Africa Charity of the Year. This is to honor an international philanthropist annually for his or her contributions to humanity in Africa.
It would act as a unifying avenue for Nigerians and African NGOs to integrate and engage in
collaborative efforts with their foreign counterparts as it relates to their different thematic arrears.
ekl noted for its professional services to various events in Nigeria, has among its clientele Nigerian Fashion Show, Nigerian Music Awards, The Sun Man of The Year Awards, Nigerian Infrastructure Development Awards, amongst others.
BRIEFS ON SOME OF TAGA AWARDEES
(1) SESOR AFRICA – Sesor Empowerment Foundation founded by Ier Jonathan-Ichaver is an organization set up to help and rehabilitate Internally displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nigeria. With the incessant attacks from cattle herders and insurgents, thousands of Nigerians have suffered immeasurable losses. Sesor is noted for providing food, clothing, access to education, access to healthcare, and supporting small businesses. Sesor has impacted the lives of over 2,000 Nigerians.
(2) FishNet Alliance an advocacy group for fishermen in Africa, is coordinated by renowned environmentalist, Dr. Nnimmo Bassey. FishNet Alliance is a network of fishers engaged in and promoting sustainable fishing in line with ecosystem limits and against extractive activities in water bodies – including rivers, lakes and oceans.
The Alliance promotes, mobilizes and supports fishing activities that are in consonance with the natural cycles of the marine ecosystems. They advocate against the use of chemicals and explosives to enhance fishing in our waters thereby affecting marine lives.
(3) The Joseph & Eunice Oladaiye Foundation (JEOF) is a not-for–profit and non-governmental organization established in 2008 to immortalize the memory of the late Chief Joseph Ojo Oladaiye, a hardworking, humorous and consummate humanitarian, who cared about the plight of the less privileged.
The Foundation is passionately dedicated to the provision of support services to the less privileged and under-served people in the society especially in the areas of educational development, healthcare initiatives and empowerment for women and youth through vocational skills acquisition.
Since its establishment eight years ago, over 8,000 less privileged and under-served people have been impacted through their programmes.
(4) CEE HOPE- CEE-HOPE is a Nigerian registered NGO founded by Betty Abah, whose focus is working on the rights, welfare and development of at-risk young persons and their families, especially in marginalized communities.
They believe that every child is born with huge potentials to excel and to positively impact their world. The foundation has been in the forefront of child’s right and advocacy in Nigeria.