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With Gifted and Talented, Shuga empowers special people

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Akiin Shuga (left) and Mrs Fashola present gifts to a receipeient.

Akiin Shuga (left) and Mrs Fashola present gifts to a receipeient.

In line with his resolve to assist people with disability, singer Akiin Shuga, through his Shuga limb Foundation Empowerment Project recently staged The Gifted and Talented initiative amidst accolades and appreciation.

Held at the Social Place, Victoria Island, Lagos, the event, which was organised to celebrate and empower people living with disabilities, witnessed an assemblage of accomplished personalities.

Having sponsored the Children’s Day celebration for People Living with Disability for four consecutive years, Shuga says SLF intends to chart a new course in line with the global focus to promote Inclusion, Access, and Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities.

Shuga, who was recently honored as one of the icons of ability in disability by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwummi Ambode, said, “The objective of this worthy cause is to empower, promote and create opportunities for sustainable livelihood and employment for People Living with Disabilities. The plan includes a quarterly monitoring mechanism on sales, expenditures and profit margin for their ventures.”

“I got my break in life when Alhaji O.K Alli bought me my first set of airbrushes which I used in designing cards. I later got a direct link to the makers of international cards back then in the 1990’s. This was my source of living before I ventured into music business fully,” he recalled.

The high point of the event was the presentation of work tools to beneficiaries of the Shuga limb Foundation Empowerment Project. They include a physically challenged cobbler, Matthew David, a physically challenged photographer, Olaitan Keshinro and a speech impaired fashion designer, Jamiu Fatai. Others are a physically challenged student, Tope Akinleye and a physically challenged Visual Artist, Toma Onu, who paints with her legs.

While Keshinro was handed a professional canon camera and photo printer, Fatai was gifted a fully equipped tailoring set. Akinleye on the other hand, had her tuition and accommodation paid for just as Onu went home with work tools and a three-month tutelage with a visual art instructor.

To round off the occasion, special recognition awards were handed out to media personality, Adenike Oyetunde, Engr. Idiat Amusu, art instructor, Micheal Oluwatosin, a physically challenged cobbler, Olumide Adegbenro and the legendary Cobhams Asuquo.


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