By: Africa Re
Africa Re joins the South African high commission to support the internally displaced people in Nigeria
The 2017 Nelson Mandela Day and the Oliver R. Tambo Centenary were jointly commemorated in the Kuchingoro camp for internally displaced people, near Abuja, Nigeria on 19 September 2017. The ceremony was initiated by the South African High Commission in Nigeria, in partnership with the African Reinsurance Corporation (Africa Re) and other donors. Mobile classrooms, school equipment and farming tools were donated to the people in the camp.
In his speech, the South African High Commissioner, H.E. Lulu Mnguni, recalled the leadership legacy of the two great African sons, Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo, who lived exemplary lives of sacrifice and dedication to the freedom of the African people. He stressed the intellectual contribution of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria to the struggle for freedom by the South African people. Furthermore, he called on all Africans to endeavour to emulate them for the benefit of our dear continent.
In his address, Mr Ken Aghoghovbia, Deputy Managing Director /Chief Operating Officer of Africa Re, underscored the importance of the farming tools donated to the internally displaced people to farm and feed themselves. He illustrated the significance of the donation with an adage… “when you give a person food, you have fed him for a day. But when you teach him how to farm, then you have fed him for life”. Mr Aghoghovbia stated that Africa Re is grateful and honoured to be associated with the project and emphasised that solidarity among African communities is the very philosophy that led to the establishment of the African Reinsurance Corporation 41 years ago.
Prof Kingston Nyamapfone, President of the African University of Science and Technology (Nelson Mandela Institution) expressed appreciation to all donors and hoped for continuous solidarity among African communities especially towards the most vulnerable population.
While collecting the farming tools, Mr Adamu, representative of the internally displaced people, expressed gratitude to the donors and compared their generosity to the biblical manna given by God to the Israelites in the desert on their journey to the Promised Land.