Sunday, July 17, 2011


One of the highest expressions of social responsibility and love for humanity is in the adoption of another human being who maybe in no way related to you as your own child, sibling or parent. Soul singer, Lami Philips, definitely took things to a different level when in a spontaneous act of kindness, she adopted an entire orphanage.

Located in Makoko, just off the ever busy Adekunle road in the university town of Akoka, Lagos, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Motherless Babies’ Home has existed for more than 25 years and grown to become one of the most prominent orphanages in Lagos. But just like all other similar institutions, it has had to cope with numerous challenges and survive on the goodwill of the public and help from a few other quarters. Thus, after visiting the home and seeing the situation on ground, Lami was so touched that she decided to adopt the entire orphanage as her pet project.

Lami, who was appointed a UN ambassador in 2010, spoke briefly on the development. “I have been seeking to support a specific cause in the society and have considered a number of institutions. But when I visited the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Motherless Babies’ Home, Makoko and shared experiences with the kids, my heart settled on them.”

The adoption is done through her NGO BeTheChange and she intends to use her large circle of friends to raise the much-needed funds to ensure that the children get a better life than the one they are presently forced to. Her activities would include monthly gigs whose proceeds would go towards the upkeep of the place and she also hopes that other celebrities, especially those with NGOs would come on board or take up similar causes in the society.

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