‘Airtel Touching Lives’ Premiere: A Splendid Night in Honour of Charity

 

The third series of Airtel Touching Lives premiered on Saturday in an elegant

event in Lagos. The Lantana Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites was decked in the

brand’s rich red to welcome high profile guests who had come from the length

and breadth of the country.

L-R: Wife of Ogun State Governor, Her Excellency Dr. Olufunso Amosun; MD & CEO, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya and Chairman, Airtel Networks Limited, Justice Salihu Alfa Belgore, GCON (Rtd) at the Premiere of Airtel Touching Lives Season 3, held on Saturday in Lagos.

L-R: Wife of Ogun State Governor, Her Excellency Dr. Olufunso Amosun; MD & CEO, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya and Chairman, Airtel Networks Limited, Justice Salihu Alfa Belgore, GCON (Rtd) at the Premiere of Airtel Touching Lives Season 3, held on Saturday in Lagos.

Apart from the Wife of the Ogun State Governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, who

was the guest of honour, several other bigwigs were in attendance and made

the night a remarkable achievement for Airtel.

L-R: Wife of MD & CEO, Airtel Nigeria, Mrs. Ronke Ogunsanya; Wife of Ogun State Governor, Her Excellency Dr. Olufunso Amosun; MD & CEO, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya and Chairman, Airtel Networks Limited, Justice Salihu Alfa Belgore, GCON (Rtd)at the Premiere of Airtel Touching Lives Season 3, held on Saturday in Lagos.

L-R: Wife of MD & CEO, Airtel Nigeria, Mrs. Ronke Ogunsanya; Wife of Ogun State Governor, Her Excellency Dr. Olufunso Amosun; MD & CEO, Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya and Chairman, Airtel Networks Limited, Justice Salihu Alfa Belgore, GCON (Rtd)at the Premiere of Airtel Touching Lives Season 3, held on Saturday in Lagos.

Some of the telecom VIP guests included the Chairman of First Bank, Mrs.

Ibukun Awosika; Director General of NIMASA, Mr Dakuku Peterside; CEO,

Channels Television, Mr John Momoh; afrobeat musician and human rights

activist Dede Mabiaku; Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on

Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina; Chairman, Brilla FM, Dr Larry

Izamoje; and Chairman, Airtel Networks, Justice Salihu Modibo Alfa Belgore,

RTD, (GCON), among many others.

On a night adorned with some of the brightest stars from the world of

business, entertainment, and politics, Airtel took the stage to spotlight the

extraordinary stories of Touching Lives’ several beneficiaries. It also used the

occasion to restate the reason it has continued to sponsor the philanthropic

programme.

The night’s proceedings, interspersed with heartening performances by

comedian Akpororo, Xplicit Dancers, and The Voice Africa finalist, Cornel,

culminated in the first ever showing of the first, and tremendously emotive

episode, of the 2017 season of Airtel Touching Lives.

The episode features the Aina family, a barely comfortable family of six that

was struck with a devastating fire accident in October 2016. In the brutal

inferno, the Ainas lost all the property they owned. Three of their children,

including a set of four-year- old twins, were killed in the accident, too.

Nearly six months after their shattering nightmare, Olusegun Aina, his wife,

and their surviving son Korede, are still struggling with the attendant mental

scarring.

Now, for the emotional pain, Airtel is offering compassion, and for the physical

loss, the company has delivered financial and medical relief so the family can

begin to rebuild their lives.

All of this assistance is in line with the grand purpose of Airtel Touching Lives,

according to Mr Segun Ogunsanya, Airtel’s managing director and chief

executive officer. Wherever the disadvantaged are found in Nigeria, he said,

Airtel Touching Lives would make an effort to step in with compassion.

“We will like to restate our commitment to providing succour and hope to the

less privileged in the society,” he said. “While the Government and Non-

Governmental Organisations (NGOs) cannot do it all, we have a responsibility

to contribute our quota in making Nigeria a better place.”

For the telecom giant, Touching Lives is a journey that must continue because

in its achievements lies its payoff.

Since 2015 when the project was launched, Ogunsanya said it has continued

to spread inspirational messages to more people, promoting the spirit of

“giving, self-sacrifice and love among Nigerians.”

Some of the encouraging stories the company has recorded include those of

a police officer who had lost his sight in an armed robbery attack but, in

Season One, he received aid from Airtel to live a more productive life. Another

involves a businessman who had chosen to become an aid worker after his

arms were gruesomely amputated by RUF (Revolutionary United Front)

rebels in Liberia during that country’s civil war. Airtel worked with him to

expand his humanitarian efforts.

But Airtel is convinced that more would be accomplished when more

corporate and private citizens joined in the quest to save helpless Nigerians

from vicious poverty, disease, and disasters. On Saturday, the telco called on

these capable persons in the audience to sign symbolic pledge cards as

personal commitments to charity giving.

“We cannot embark on this journey alone. We call on all well-meaning

Nigerians to join this noble cause of giving back to the society because we

believe that there are many kind-hearted, empathetic and selfless Nigerians

that are willing to render succor to underprivileged people.

“The pledge card is a symbol to underscore your commitment to helping the

underprivileged people around you. The truth is, you can make a difference.

You may never know how helping just one person will impact tens or even

hundreds of lives,” said Ogunsanya.

The third season of Airtel Touching Lives, hosted by star radio and TV

personality Wana Udobang, will, as usual, be broadcast on terrestrial and

satellite television channels across Africa. The airing schedule, Airtel said,

would be announced soon.

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