Love Letters…

Iniabasi Itama

Iniabasi Itama

The Vision
Love Letters, slated for the 27th of July, 2013, will take place at Ember Creek, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.
It is a programme being organised on behalf of the ‘So Said Charity Home’, Okota, Lagos; a home for mentally challenged women and special children, and has been operating since the year 2000. They have needs which I am willing to attend to with the best of my ability.

The concept of the programme implores its audience to come with written letters of encouraging, inspiring, loving and thought provoking words. These letters are for the people at the home as well as the audience themselves. We all have scars…mostly beneath our clothes.
The letters will be read out either by the writers or the MC. The best of these letters will be pasted on the notice boards at the charity home (I’ve been told by the matron that despite their mental instability, these women are encouraged to read. Some of the kids go to school). I will also be giving out t-shirts with the prints, ‘I Wrote a Love Letter’ on them, as memoirs from the event.

For entertainment, salute poetry performances by poetry queen Dolapo Ogunwale and sensei ObiDara, and musical renditions by SOJ and Oluwaseun P, will grace the stage.
Before the performances of poetry and song, before the reading of letters from the heart, there would be a sales affair. I’m bringing bakers together under one roof to showcase and sell their pastries. Proceeds from these then go to the home.

We Have Done This Before
February 14, 2013 was a memorable day for most of us. For everyone who came out to the programme, it was a memorable evening at RED.
RED was a programme I organised on behalf of the Arrows of God Orphanage, Oke-Ira Nla, Ajah, Lagos. It was a programme for the expression of talents and we had quite a number of poets and soloists come out to showcase potential.
Amidst the fun and nibbling on snacks and drinks, people donated money specifically for the health of the children and the general up keep of the orphanage. We were able to raise about N50, 000. It was not much (mostly because a lot of people could not make it due to traffic) but, it was worth it and well appreciated by the orphanage.
I am quite pleased to tell you that I follow up regularly with Arrows of God and quite a number of people donated money that month of February after RED, and some are still giving. From the publicity they got from RED as well, they now have a paediatrician who regularly checks up on the children at the orphanage every fortnight.

(Love Letters is actually brought to you by RED!)

So, I’m doing this again, this time for So Said Charity Home. God willing, this will be another success! I thank God for you, I thank God for us…I thank God for them.
God bless us all!

I am Iniabasi Itama.
(@iniitama)

This programme is proudly supported by:
Smooth 98.1fm, WTW PR, Dorothy’s Crib, Thorned by Maffy, Mo’ bongies Make Up Artistry, Roc Images, and co.

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