RBF’s ‘Operation Feed The Poor’ Concert Begins Today With Free Medical Services
All is set for this year’s edition of the Roland Bosah Foundation (RBF), a non-governmental organisation with focus of supporting, caring and empowering the poor, particularly the physically challenged (blind, cripple, deaf and dumb), widows and destitute in the society,
‘Operation Feed Poor Concert’, kicks off tomorrow with free medical services.
Speaking to The Guardian, the founder of the Foundation and Creative Director of the concert, Roland Bosah, said the gig is to give a sense of belonging to the physically challenge of the society in Lagos during this yuletide, adding that rave of the moment act, Olamide Adedeji, aka Baddo, will headline the concert along others bill to hold in Okobaba, a slum in Ebute-Meta.
According to Bosah, there is no better way to make a Christmas memory for the people than provide medical care, feed them and provide entertainment for them to have fun like every other citizen do during this period of celebration. “Our society will be better if we care for the less privilege, especially the physically challenged among us,” he said.
He noted that the foundation started in 2014, under a form of divine inspiration after his encounter with a blind man. “It was not something I set out to do, but as you know, situation changes individual’s action and ideology. I’m someone that gives alms a lot, even before I started foundation NGO.”
“I was on way to the Island for a meeting and somewhere in Oyingbo, I saw some beggars soliciting for alms. I stop to give them what I have, but something prompted me to ask them where they stay or live. I did and they told me they have a place they retire to at the end of the day. They took me to the place and to my amazement, for the first time in my life, I saw beggars and destitute in their large number (over 500) sitting in one place,” he added.
As part of measures to have a hitch-free concert, the Foundation during week visit the slum for sanitation exercise as Bosah explained that despite the uncondusiveness of the place for the people, he is amazed at the way the people are well organised despite their challenges, as they have leaders (Seriki) for their various associations — blind, cripple, deaf and dumb.
Also speaking to The Guardian, the chairman of planning committee of the concert, Babatunde Odukoya, said the free medical service is to give life and wealth to the people, stressing that health is wealth.
“I believe people are healthy, the nation will be healthy. Christmas is not how you spend in stocking food in your house; it’s about giving to less privilege. For in RBF, providing free medical, food and entertainment for the special people of the society is Christmas. So we want people to join us on Thursday, December 31 as we take Christmas to the rejected of the society by government.”
Speaking on the concert, Odukoya said the concert will be something never seen in Nigeria as rave of the moment, Olamide (Baddo) will light up the stage with his new songs from his latest album, EniyanMaywether.
“Olamide is not only coming to perform, he is supporting the event with appreciable amount of money. He is coming along with his YBNL team, including Lil Kesh.”
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