Airtel, Child Abuse Survivor Discover Common Ground on Touching Lives
Airtel has announced that the next episode of Touching Lives, scheduled to
run on television networks across Africa this Saturday, will feature an
emotional story on child sexual abuse.
Although not frequently reported, sexual abuse in minors is quite prevalent in
Nigeria. A 2015 report by UNICEF (the United Nations International Children’s
Fund) revealed that one in four girls and one in 10 boys are sexually molested
in the country before they reach 18, which is the age of consent.
Regrettably, many parents are oblivious of this scourge. Last year, Mamalette,
the social enterprise devoted to mothers, found that a vast number of women
were in denial about the possibility of their children becoming victims of
abuse. While some prayed that a thing like rape would never happen to their
kids, others argued that their young ones were strong enough to defend
However, aside from children with dissembling parents, several helpless
minors roam the streets, suffering repeated abuse, with no caring family
member in sight.
It is for these ones that Destiny Adejo, a sex abuse survivor herself, founded
the Child Rights Brigade. From its modest base in Lokoja, Kogi State, the
non-governmental organisation has been helping destitute and molested
children since 2014. Even though the CRB also requires an urgent bailout to
keep its lights on, it has continued to soldier on.
So far, the NGO has rescued 10 impoverished kids, some of whom have
become outstanding testimonials to Adejo’s life-changing work.
Esther Aniagwu is one of such CRB’s breakout successes. When Adejo found
her and took her in, Aniagwu was a beggar in a local market. Now, after
months of counselling and vocational training, Aniagwu has completed
secondary school and taken a job as a part-time barber.
But the cost of saving these hapless minors continues to rise, further putting
pressure on Adejo’s desperate financial situation.
Since she started the NGO, Ms Adejo has financed its operations with profits
from her little soap and shampoo business. At the moment, though, that
income is neither sufficient to keep the aid organisation running nor put food
on her table.
According to Airtel, however, help may be on the way. Aniagwu’s NGO has
been nominated to be one of the beneficiaries of Airtel Touching Lives,
According to Airtel, the show’s second episode, scheduled to air on Saturday
February 18, will feature the telco’s meeting with the CRB.
Airtel plans to assess the scope of the assistance the NGO needs and
determine how we can help them continue their good work.
Also in the coming episode, the humanitarian TV show will visit Samuel Ufot,
the gifted young orphan from season two, who, with his two sisters, received a
relief package from Airtel.
Airtel Touching Lives Season Three, Episode Two returns to its regular slots
on the usual television networks across the continent.
On Saturday, it will run on Africa Magic Urban from 6:30–7pm and on Africa Magic
Family from 7-7:30pm. Later, from 9-9:30pm, it will be broadcast on RaveTV.
The next day, reruns of the episode will be on Africa Magic World from 6-6:30pm,
NTA Network from 6:00-7pm, and ArewaTV from 7:7:30pm.
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