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Friday, September 05, 2008

In Need Of Help

Didn’t have time to do enough blog rounds this week and that is because I resumed work as Executive Assistant, Marketing Communication, with a pharmaceutical company, on September 1st. (yea right, big title. hehehehehe)

I got the job in the month of July in what I would describe as purely the hands of God, because I wasn’t looking for a job, rather, I was preparing for ‘Entertainment Planet’. If you remember my old posts, I had resigned my last appointment in February to rest and play and follow my heart to do what I love.

When this job came (which was actually offered to me on a plane by another passenger, who is now my MD), it came with an attractive offer that would benefit ‘Entertainment Planet’ and my dreams in the long run.

So I started work and I’m still settling in. So far this week, God has really surprised me with favours. More on than in another post.

This post is not about me, but about Tena, a dear soul that 'YPI' lost in April. I belong to a non-governmental organization, Young Professionals Impact, YPI. We are just a gathering of young independent people who have a desire to offer change in the lives of less privileged children. Most of the time, we contribute monies and other stuff to donate to orphanages. Twice, we have organized events (a programme in collaroratiob with Segun Adefilia’s Crown Troupe of Africa, February lat year at Terra Kulture, and a walk in November last year, from Alagomeji to Unilag Sport Centre) in which the monies raised where used to sponsor the education of several children in the SOS village, Isolo, Lagos.

Tena Desiree Tebeakami - a dedicated member of YPI, whose passion for helping the less privileged made many of us sit up in our dedication to the goal and mission of YPI – died in the month of April in South Africa, where she had gone for some courses.

In her memory, YPI is organizing a programme to formally launch the ‘Project Desiree Initiative’.

The purpose of the initiative is to have a fund to cater for the education needs of selected orphans/pupils in selected public schools, up to the secondary school level.

We intend to raise One Million Naira Only, and the plan is to make this an annual programme going forward. Fund raising activities have commenced and the lecture/gathering, which is meant to formally launch the fund, will hold on September 21, 2008, at the Learning and Development Centre, Ikoyi. The amount raise will be used to start up the ‘Desiree Scholars Programme’, which will provide scholarships.

Uzezi Ekere (me) is one of the four members of the Project Desiree committee. Every member of YPI is involved in the fund raising, and it will be a shame for a committee member like me, not to raise enough.

This is where blogville comes in. I know I haven’t seen anything like this on any blog, but I can assure you this is no fraud. I wouldn’t dare. I like to believe that even if you all haven’t met me, you have an idea of who I am since I blog with my real identity and can even be traced to my village, courtesy my posts, and will soon become famous self. (Me and wellsbaba get plans.)

Please and please, I solicit for donations for this cause. The members of YPI cannot always do it alone, no matter how independent we are.

Send me a mail; uzak_uz@yahoo.com, call 08023929375, 018735463 and make me glad by requesting information on how you can help change the future of a child. That you are not in Nigeria, or a Nigerian is not an excuse if you want to help. Your names will not be excluded from our donors' lists.

I will appreciate if those bloggers who have heavy traffic on their blogs can please copy the necessaries of this post and post on their blogs.

Doll, you always wanted to do something like this, come join us and be a member. Others are welcome. Together, our dreams of being involved in helping the less privileged, can come true faster, than when we step out alone.

My September began very well, help to make it end wonderfully. More about YPI on www.ypinigeria.com.


  1. congrats on ur new job! well done with the charity work. i'd check out the website

  2. Congrats on the job. The title is powerful oh. God is indeed a good God. You did a noble thing by posting about YPI here.

    Ok... you've already started the marketing...:-)

  3. @ funms- thanks for the job holla. check the site and come support us.

    @ rita- thanks girl. i don start marketing, waiting for your mail

  4. Zezi: I have put a link to your post on my site (it will be published on Saturday) and asked others to do the same.

    Good luck with the project.

  5. guess ur MD made the right choice when he hired u.u'v got excellent marketing communication skills.

    ur post is stirring up smtn in me to be part of this charity work.will check out d website to know more.

  6. @ Naapali- thanks alot

    @ musco- yes o. my MD did. check the site and mail me

  7. wow, sounds like you are doing a great worthy job...weldone girl...

    and congrats on the new job, may it be all you wished for...and more...

  8. congrats on ur new job. God works in ways we can never explain.
    going to check out the site, then i'll get back to you.

  9. congratulations, good work spreading the word

  10. wow...

    first of all congrats on the job...
    secondly am proud of the good work u are doing...keep it up
    sorry to hear about ur colleague, so sad.
    can we just pay into the zenith account stated on the website or is there more detail?

  11. Also all the best with the project :)

  12. @ everyone- thanks for the best wishes with the job and appreciation of YPI's mission. aloted, I mailed you. Thanks.

  13. Good cause but how do we make donations. I'm not sure I have enough traffic on my blog though. Lemme know sha? Do I have to email u?

  14. I'll post up a link on my side-bar...its a good cause. Thanks for helping lives...

  15. new job..gr8 title..
    congrats...lady luck is smiling on you.

    best of wishes to you :)

  16. congrats on ur job!.. good luck with the fund raising! hope u get lots of donations...good luck and God bless!

  17. @ Jaycee- thank you.

    @ •♥•...๑۩۞۩๑♥V♥๑۩۞۩๑..•♥•- what is this blog id please? had to copy and past. thanks anyway, and Uzezi means lucky, so there is no way luck wouldn't smile on me

    @ zara- thanks a million

  18. you may call me 'V'.
    Wow your name means lucky..what a name.. :D

  19. Well am interested in women cause and women support issues, but this initiative is nice, il read up and be back

  20. may her soul rest n piece.

    well, i don't have a heavy traffic on my blog, but i'll certainly put something up. good thing is dat i just updated.

    congrats on d job, love.

  21. congrats on ur new job.
    jus outta curiosity,was she killed in d violent thingy??my nephew is jus about to go to school there.am worried.thanks for ur encouraging words on ........wink

  22. Great cause. Please send me a bank account number. inmyheadandaroundme@gmail.com.

  23. nice site keep it up!

  24. So sorry about Tena. I'm glad u guys didnt allow the dream die with her. I love the initiative and I'll love to support in my own little way (might not be in cash though). I reside in Lekki so I'll keep in touch. New members are welcome, right? (I think i saw that on the post)

  25. @ doll- alright. read somewhere of ur interest in this, which is why i pointed to you. come join us.

    @ Free-flowing Florida- amen. thanks

    @ QMoney- thanks. she died of natural causes. not from the xenophobic ot whatever attack they called it.

    @ In my head and around me- u r back to me. Good. I will mail u

    @ naijagal- thanks. come again

    @ gbengasile- u are very welcome to join us.

  26. Small world indeed! Tena was a very dear friend of mine. Was heartbroken when she passed on. So glad to know she touched more lives the way she touched mine though I am not surprised at all. She was really the best!
    Congrats on the job oh, I am sure you'll live up to the title and more.

  27. great cause,great cause..never knew u were into anything like this!....not much dough now but in d nearest future i'll b a partaker financially

  28. congrats on the new job Zezi,

    i'll try to link up this post at mine (if i get it right this time) and will let u know as sn as i have sth for YPI.

    i key in to ur testimony o!

  29. Yeah Ty's my daughter n Sarah's my beau. Somehow I can't wait to see my baby grow up and walk with me as if she was my sister or infact my girlfriend! I could picture her walking with me in another 16 years. Thanks for the advice Zayzee. So far I'm trying my best to stick around for her. I guess I still got work to do though.

    The boys did well in Beijing. I'm glad u think so too. Somehow I don't believe much in Nigerian football. I trust the English Premiership a little more.

    Thanks for stopping by as well. I appreciate it. I'll check out YPI's site and see what's up. Take care. Hope to see you around soon again.

  30. @ poeticallytinted- u knew her? wow! Small world indeed! Hope u will come for the event.

    @ wellsbaba- no wahala

    @ Esmeralda- thanks Girl, and the testimony is urs.

    @ gbengasile- alright. I love the English Premiership too, but if we all lose faith in nigeria football, how will it get better for the world to standup and take note. believe. we will get there

  31. Zayzee, u're quite right sha. 07-07-07 was special but not 08-08-08. I wish i had been old enough and rich enough by 07. Probably i'd have gotten married on that day as well. I believe in astro to an extent. Thanks for the encouragement. HEVI energy's not too bad now. At least they drop some small pecks. and the job's soooooo easy.

    Good to know u're a July baby as well.I'm July 18 and Ty's July 20. I guess July's alucky month. Doncha think so too?

  32. hey uzezi, sorry for your loss and this is a wonderful initiative. have you set up a facebook group for this? know there's a website but so many naija bloggers are on FB it could make spreading the word easier and you never know where it will go...

    take care and congrats on the promotion!


  33. @ gbengasile- im not just a july baby o. i have the best zodiac sign in the whole calander, so if u are july and leo but not cancer- move over. so luckily, u and Ty are.

    @ OluwaDee- thanks sweet iyawo.

    @ SOLOMONSYDELLE- we are on facebook already.

  34. iv checked out the site. il make my contribution, keep up the good work

  35. congrats on ya new job.....coming back to read...

  36. congrats!!!!

    how can those of us not in naija donate??

  37. Sorry for Teena.
    May her soul rest in unperturbed silence.
    I really would love to help but can't promise you when I would call but I'd definitely call. Its good to know groups like YPI and people like you who have human empathy still exist. Danke schon (that's German for thanks very much)

  38. zayzee, all d best in ur new job nd sori abt ur friend.

  39. @ everyone- thanks alot for the interest and help.

  40. Uzezi, congrats on the new job o. I hope we can do something together cos this new job seems like you will be needing to work with advertising agencies and that is what I do. I still got ur Tee-shirt too, How do I send that across?. May Teni's soul RIP,Amen.

  41. Arrggghh...am late!

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