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The Executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) and The inspire Africa Foundation, brainchild of Mo Abudu, host and executive producer of the talk show Moments with Mo, are calling on Corporate Nigeria and well meaning individuals to be a part of the largest benefit concert ever to be held in Africa.

The inspire Africa Foundation in partnership with Lagos State and UNICEF is organizing a major benefit concert to raise funds to help prevent and protect street children in Lagos, from abuse, violence and all forms of exploitation.

The concert is part of the “Make A Difference” campaign launched by the Inspire Africa foundation and will be an avenue to raise funds for the Unicef-Lagos Street Children project, a project aimed at implementing intervention activities for the prevention and protection of Street Children in Lagos
It is a high profile event with an opportunity to give back, network and who knows, you could be a lucky winner of one of our Acts of Kindness Awards. Come January 31st 2009, all roads will lead to the Expo Centre in Lagos Nigeria for an unforgettable night of music, dance and making change
In many ways Inspire Africa is a first for the entire African world.  It’s all about creating credible media driven platforms through which we can engage ourselves and the rest of the world as Africans. Inspire Africa is a purpose built vehicle by which Africans and the rest of the world will come to appreciate our culture and our achievements and to know and understand us as a people.
We have realized that the ultimate task facing us as a continent is to build world class personas and brands, to “showcase” our own achievements in a global setting and economy. Our challenge is to credibly debunk the tendency of the western media that portrays us as the Dark Continent which exemplifies Disease, Despair, Destruction, Disaster, Destitution and Deceit.
Lagos State is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and the most populous in Nigeria; hence there are demands on social services as it is currently witnessing unrestrained population influx, urban growth, high unemployment, environmental challenges and institutional deterioration. The result is a growing population of people resident in slum where living is a daily challenge with many frustrations and uncertainties. In the process, homes are neglected, Children are left uncared for and lacking parental care, thus resulting in a high rate of delinquent children beyond parental care.
There are two categories of street children in Lagos State,
  • Children that live on the street:  Usually children trafficked for child labour who have escaped from the employers and gotten lost; thus they stay on the streets until they are rescued or become criminals and end up in conflict with the law.

  • Children who live off the Street: Children who come out to the streets to engage in some form of income generating activities to make some money for the family and go back home to their families/guardians to sleep.
Life on/off the streets denies these children the opportunity to enjoy their rights to survival and development. It is based on this wide spread phenomenon in Lagos State that Inspire Africa Foundation has decided to partner with Unicef in implementing preventive and protective strategies that will rescue, reintegrate and reunify children from the street with their families to forestall return of the children to the street by organizing a Benefit Concert and all proceeds generated will be donated to Unicef.
With funds raised, Unicef will:
  • Establish and operate three reception centres in the three senatorial districts of Lagos State to strengthen partnerships to implement intervention activities for the prevention and protection of street children. The centres will be situated within each senatorial district according to the locations with the highest aggregate of street children.

  • Build capacities of government and NGO partners to provide services to street children.

  • Empowerment of parents/caregivers and children by providing them with the right information, life, skill training (for children) and income generating skills (for parents and care givers).

  • Advocacy with the Lagos State Governement on implementing policies to ensure rights of children survival, development and protection.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation.
There will be surprise performances from international artistes and the very best of Nigerian music on parade that night will include:
Tuface Idibia: He started as a member of the defunct group, Plantashiun Boiz and years after their breakup, Tuface can be described as one of the most successful musical act from out of Nigeria. He can boast of numerous national and international awards and recently released his third album. He is ready to wow the crowd, at the Inspire Africa Benefit Concert.
Asa: Her debut album sold out and she can be described as the most successful female singer from Nigeria in recent times.  She is currently under NAÏVE record label in France and with songs like Jailer, Bibanke, 360, the guests are in for a swell time. This will be her second major performance in Nigeria since her first performance in July 2008.
Dbanj: He is called “The Entertainer” because of his special ability to daze any crowd with his mind blowing and captivating performances.  He is a natural charismatic, energetic and infectious performer who can hold his audience ransom for as long as he wants because nobody gets tired of listening or watching him.
9ice: He is admired for his vocal prowess and his ability to do hip hop perfectly in his mother tongue, Yoruba. After the release of his song Gongo Aso, 9ice became a household name and his album sold millions of copies after its release. The most memorable point in his career was his spectacular performance at Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday tribute in London on June 27 2008. He has became a force to reckon with after a short time in the Nigerian music industry.
MI: This short black boy from Jos has continued to leave his audience spell bound because of his performance prowess and undeniable talent. The rap artiste is working at putting up such a memorable performance, which the crowd will not forget.  
Banky W: Ever since he returned to Nigeria from The United states of America, Banky has not rested because of the immense popularity he has garnered and unending love from his fans. With songs like “Ebutte Meta”, “Capable” and “Don’t break my heart” to his credit, this artiste is one to watch since he also has a way of endearing the crowd to himself.
Omawunmi Megbele: The Niger-Delta born West African idols runner-up is growing gradually to becoming one of the best in the music industry in Nigeria. She currently has two singles to her credit, “In the Music and Mine Baby”.
  Cobhams Asuquo: The very talented music maestro worked hard to produce a great theme song for the benefit concert. He has worked with almost all artistes of repute in the country and also companies that believe in quality.
This special event will be covered by both the national and international media, because it is critical that we let the world know we help our own.
We each have a responsibility towards our fellow African. As African's greatest humanitarian, Kofi Annan rightly said,
These children are our children. It is our duty to join forces and make Africa a better place for our children.
To book a table at this event, kindly call
  • Uche on 0806  487 5353
  • Jade on 0803 371 6751
Lets Inspire Africa and rock with a conscience!