Over the years, the Children’s Developmental Centre (CDC), has enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with MTN, a major player in the Nigerian Telecommunications industry. With support from MTN, the Children’s Developmental Centre has been able to reach hundreds of families raising children with disabilities across the length and breadth of Nigeria through its Road Show Initiative. These road shows involved massive campaigns, rallies, workshops and interactive seminars aimed at changing wrong perceptions and societal attitudes towards people with disabilities. The road shows were so successful in terms of changing mindsets and stereotypes, making more families come out of their closets and affording the children with disabilities access to support services.
In keeping with this partnership and as part of its corporate social responsibility, the MTN organisation, through its Project Fame platform, now in its seventh season (PF 7), paid a charity visit to the Children’s Developmental Centre on the 27th of August, 2014. It was a truly memorable day as the centre played host to the Project Fame Season Seven contestants and the members of the faculty, notably the Principal Mrs Joke Silva, Uncle Ben the music director and Ms Ige the voice coach. The contestants and faculty members were received on arrival at the centre by Dr Akindayomi, the Service Director at CDC, and some senior members of staff. After exchange of pleasantries, they were taken round the premises on a guided tour by Mr Oyeniran, a senior member of staff and Head of the Adolescent and Young adults unit to see the different units and activities in the centre. After the tour, there was a joyous reception for the Project Fame family by the children and young adults of the CDC. The Project Fame family were captivated by the musical performances of the children and young adults, and some were clearly overwhelmed with emotions, as there were a number of teary eyes amongst them.
Shortly after, each of the Project Fame 7 contestants took turns to entertain the children and staff of CDC with beautiful renditions of popular hit songs. Their performances were quite thrilling and it was obvious to all that these were all budding superstars in the making. Indeed Dr Akindayomi of the Children’s Developmental Centre reminded the contestants of how fortunate they were and the bright future ahead of them, urging them not to forget other less fortunate citizens, particularly children and young adults with disabilities when they become superstars. It was a truly happy occasion for the CDC and Project Fame family, with the contestants interacting freely with the children and young adults of the CDC, and with lots of pictures taken.
-Martins C. Duru (Lead Physioptherapist at CDC)