Notable Nigerians from all walks of life, joined Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka as he turned up the volume on one of his poems, A Child Before a Mirror of Strangers, at an event organized by @unicef in collaboration with the British High Commission in commemoration of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which celebrates a milestone 30th anniversary this year.
That event, Thursday, brought key leaders and influencers from the private sector and the entertainment industry together to map out ways that these sectors can help project and propel the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the realization of children’s rights.
According to Prof. Soyinka “We have the responsibility to protect and preserve the integrity of that one common bond among all of us which is pertinent to all humanity.”
The Representative of UNICE Nigeria, Peter Hawkins maintained that “Achieving the SDGs and achieving child rights go hand-in-hand and both will only be achieved if all sectors of business are fully engaged.
Hawkins said the Child rights and the SDGs need to be integrated into business principles, strategies and plans, which, in turn, can contribute to more robust and inclusive economic growth and improved employment of young people.
With the interest of the Nigerian child in mind in a country with close to 200 million people and a growing challenge for young people to find work, foremost singer and songwriter Cobhams Asuquo said, “you are all that is right in Nigeria because you are the chance to rewrite all of the wrongs that generations before you have done”.
“You have a chance and a clean state to make this country the place we all dream of.”
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Harriet Thompson expressed the willingness to work with UNICEF, the private sector, and other young people on ideas that will contribute to a better Nigeria for the current and future generations of children.
The event had in attendance, Zouera Youssoufou CEO Dangote Foundation, Emeka Oparah, External Director AIRTEL Nigeria, Music Artists BankyW, Niniola, 2 child moderators, Mesoma Okonkwo and Enita Samuel.