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Timi Dakolo initiates partnership with foundation to aid Bayelsa flood victims

By Guardian Nigeria
17 November 2022   |   9:41 am
Timi Dakolo, the renowned musician and Bayelsa-native, is making strides in raising funds to aid thousands of flood victims in Bayelsa State. This disaster, which began in October, has since affected 27 of Nigeria's 36 states, resulting in the loss lives, homes, and livelihoods.​ The current​ flood disaster in Nigeria is the worst the nation…

Timi Dakolo, the renowned musician and Bayelsa-native, is making strides in raising funds to aid thousands of flood victims in Bayelsa State.

This disaster, which began in October, has since affected 27 of Nigeria’s 36 states, resulting in the loss lives, homes, and livelihoods.​

The current​ flood disaster in Nigeria is the worst the nation has experienced in a decade with results showing that the deluge has led to the displacement of about 1.3 million people, 600 deaths, 200,000 damaged homes, and the loss of a wide expanse of farm fields.

In response to disaster, Dakalo took to his social media pages, including Twitter and Instagram, to spread the word and shed light on the dark times Nigerians in the various affected states, especially his native Bayelsa, are going through.

On his Instagram page, he posted a video of the state of Bayelsa with the caption “Help!! Help is needed urgently. This is my beloved state, Bayelsa state. Every help we can get will be appreciated. The living we can still save, and it starts with pooling relief resources together”.

To further contribute to the state’s well-being and fast-track the provision of basic amenities for the casualty of the floods in Bayelsa, Dakolo also sought out the help of private organisations to distribute relief funds, amongst other aids to the people. ​

The Azeez Amida Foundation heeded this call as it has partnered with Dakolo to provide aid to victims of the flooding in Bayelsa. In partnership with Dakolo, the Azeez Amida Foundation donated relief materials to support the Bayelsa flood victims with medications covering the treatment of malaria, cholera, typhoid, skin infections, cough, and allergies. In addition, first-aid kits and antiseptic supplies for a better living are also included.

According to Azeez Amida, founder of the foundation, “Nigeria’s economy has been through terrible moments in the past year, and inflation has affected people’s cost of living and income levels. The flooding has further wrecked more havoc on an already fragile economy and people, making living even more unbearable.”

In his remarks, Dakolo said: “The nationwide flooding that has affected 27 of the 36 states in the country is a huge disaster that requires urgent attention. In Bayelsa alone, lives, sources of livelihoods, and assets have been lost to the floods.” ​

He added: “What is more disheartening is the slow and delayed response of the Federal Government to the plight of victims in the state. Therefore, to make a difference in our own little way, we came up with this support initiative to bring support to the victims of the flood.”

Officially, all donations made by the Azeez Amida foundation were presented to Dakolo at a handover meeting. The distribution is set to commence and run throughout November 2022.​

Once again, the award-winning artist continues to use his voice to speak volumes for his country and his global fans, commonly referred to as ‘The Yard People’.