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TEP marks anniversary with talent show, seeks financial support

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TEP team members with some of the talents at the event.

In order to empower the numerous talents of under-privileged youth and provide humanitarian services for helpless individuals, Talent Empowerment Programme (TEP), a non-governmental organisation, recently held a talent show to mark its anniversary.

It also used the occasion to solicit for financial support for its numerous philanthropic works. Established in 2011, TEP is the initiative of Julie Omeike, and has, in its seven years of existence, created opportunities for talented individuals to explore and make a living from their creativity. It has also engaged in charitable acts to improve the lives of indigent people in various communities.

This year’s edition, which took place in Ikeja had talented individuals and groups entertaining the audience. Among them were musical performances from Talented Kids, MSB and Friends, St. Agnes Musical Society, St. Thomas Adult Choir, a drama skit by St. Leo’s CYON and also a mock news broadcast.

Omeike, while addressing the audience, listed the numerous achievements of her initiative which she said were geared towards showcasing unknown talents and also providing relief materials to the less privileged.

According to her, “We have since our inauguration in 2011 done some great things for a lot of individuals. We have helped in harnessing the talents of young ones so that they can use these talents to fend for themselves and also look out for others.

This has in no small way helped in curbing the growth of crime in our society. We have also undertaken some humanitarian services ranging from financial assistance to widows, orphans, and the disabled, most especially the Pacelli School for the Blind, both in Lagos and Ogun States. We have also provided educational materials to secondary schools and tertiary institutions.”

Omeike, author of Iye, however appealed for financial assistance, as it is the dream of the organisation to do greater things to empower those in need, adding, “Irrespective of the fact that we have been able to achieve these great things, we will like to do more. But we are incapacitated with the necessary funds to undertake our conceived projects.

This is why we have invited you all here today to see for yourself the amount of talents we have been able to groom. We pray that you help us to discover a lot more!”

In response to Omeike’s passionate plea, a lot of the guests donated some reasonable amount to the organisation, while others pledged to give.

Also, Head Teacher of Chrisland Schools, Mrs. Belinda Amao, spoke highly of the founder, stating that Omeike was a former student of the school. She said Omeike had set a good standard for others to follow in doing good to impact society.

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