GENERATIONS Nigeria is a nonprofit foundation designed to improve the lives of generations of Nigerians, and its founder, Folabi Clement Solanke, is confident of its success. In fact, he has already organized several events to drive awareness for one of the biggest issues in this West African nation.
This is what he had to say about his work with GENERATIONSand the issues that the organization has faced during the pandemic.
Folabi Clement Solanke and Generations Nigeria
I co-founded GENERATIONS Nigeria with my cousin. We’re both second-generation Nigerians. We were born and raised in the United States and, as a result, we have been somewhat disconnected from the struggles that our parents went through, struggles that many of our relatives are still going through.
They were schooled in rundown buildings. No desks, no chairs, and barely any books. They had a blackboard, a floor, and a few hours a day to learn everything they needed to know. And they were the lucky ones, as most Nigerian kids are taken out of school and others don’t get a chance to attend in the first place.
The first time I visited my mother’s hometown, I realized just how lucky I was. If not for my parents’ education, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I had.
The only thing that separates me from the people in those villages is that I had an opportunity to learn.
Just think how much of a difference I could make and how many lives I could change if I gave that same opportunity to others!
Initially, I worked with American companies (sports teams, food banks) and entrepreneurs to ship supplies to the poorest villages. But more needs to be done and it’s getting harder.
There isn’t much support from the Nigerian government and every resource I send, every ticket I buy, and every trip I make is 100% self-funded. What’s more, COVID-19 has forced me to cancel trips and rethink strategies. It has created a dire situation in which they need more help than ever and we’re more restricted than ever.
There have been many sleepless nights, a lot of stress, and more problems than I can count, but I know I’m making a difference in the lives of thousands of children and that’s all that matters.
I’m always on the lookout for people who can help, whether it’s by making a donation (it doesn’t have to be money; time is just as important) or sharing events with their followers. If you think you can help in any way, or need more information, please get in touch!
About Folabi Clement Solanke
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