Moji Makanjuola, partners Toyin Joe-Bassey, other artistes on handicapped children


Toyin Joe-Bassey
Toyin Joe-Bassey

Abuja-based musician and fine artiste, Toyin Joe-Bassey, is set to hold a concert to raise support for the children living with various disabilities in a center in Abuja.

Tagged ‘The Christmas Barbeque Concert,’ Joe-Bassey that the concert, billed for The Havens, Maitama, Abuja by 4pm, December 6, shall feature other artistes including Da T.r.u.t.h, Jazzsari (Asari Otu-Adeoye), Asuza (Ayobami Timothy) Eketi Aimee Ette and Israel Funsho and Amaray (Amarachi Angela Nwankwo).

According to the organisers, a former Head of Health and General Desk at the Nigerian Television Authority, and President of International Society for Media in Public Health, Chief (Mrs.) Moji Makanjuola (MFR), is a major partner, providing local and international media support for the project like she did for the VVF Centres and IDPs.

The organisers also stated that gate fee for the concert is put at N2,500 to allow for large participation; bringing people together in one place  to create awareness about and raise relevant support for these disabled persons.

Also at the event, there shall be fund raising to gather support from privileged Nigerians to support the homes,”
Joe-Bassey explained.

Stating further, she said, “I have visited some of these centres where children with disabilities are kept and found out that a lot needs to be put in place to make these facilities more conducive.”

The gospel and fine artiste continued that, “The teachers and care givers at the homes need to be supported. Though the government is sponsoring these centres, such support, in reality of modern day challenges and the actual needs on ground, can be boosted by efforts of the larger society.”

Urging well-meaning Nigerians and faith based organisations to support the concert in order to drum enough support for homes where children with disabilities are constantly ‘dumped,’ Joe-Bassey added that “These homes house disabled children per term.

The disabilities and handicapping conditions include down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, speech disorder, intellectual disability and what have you.

These individuals ranging between age eight and 40, need the love of the society as their disability is not due to any fault of theirs, rather it could have happened to anyone.

According to Joe-Bassey, “Given more humane attention and creating a more livable environment for them has the capacity to improve their conditions greatly and make them more useful to themselves, their families and the society.”



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