“I am encouraged by the zest and positive energy of the many young men and women I see here in Shaddaiville. But unless we harness all of this into consumer advocacy with all of us insisting on not letting anyone cheat us in anyway, this country will not become the Nigeria of our dreams.”
That was Sola Salako, CEO, Purrples Consult and Founder Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria, speaking at the annual Euphony Concert, Graduation and Award ceremony of the Lagos headquarters of Shaddaiville International, Sunday 13 December 2015.
Citing several examples from her 13-year advocacy trail, Ms Salako explained that once citizens begin to group behind each other to decry and reject being shortchanged at filling stations or by telecom service providers, etc, a systemic reordering of things will begin in Nigeria.
“Even President Muhammadu Buhari can’t win the war against corruption unless all well-meaning Nigerians, especially our youths, use all available means of expression to support Mr. President and tell the world that as Nigerians, we hate corruption and we want corrupt leaders punished and their loot recovered” Salako said at the ceremony.
Euphony Concert was given an ethnic flavour as Shaddai Echoes, the 40-man strong choir, did songs from Yoruba-land, Niger-Delta and Egun-land, led by Segun Toba, Samson Alao and Funmi Olatoye.
The CEO, Matcom Ltd and Coordinator for Ondo State, Buhari/Osinbajo Presidential Campaign Council, Engr. Ife Oyedele was honoured with the award of Fellow, Shaddaiville Leadership Academy.
Shaddaiville graduated 25 new leadership trainees out of the 160 that registered for the course initially. Of the 25, Miss Olushola Fawale topped Class 2015 as its valedictorian with 96% while the Class President, Miss Temitope Olukoya pulled in second with 95%.
Also at the event were Pastor & Mrs Steve Akoni (First Assembly, Ogba), Dr. Yomi Oyekoya (CEO, Tiwai Trade, Canada), Ms Yetunde Odebiyi (Administrator, Shaddaiville UK), Mr & Mrs Gbenga Ogunsanwo (CEO, GOAS Commmunication) and Mr Andrew Humber-Osofisan (President/CEO, Humber Group) amid the teeming upwardly mobilemembers of Shaddaiville.