By Ifeanyi Nwoko
A non-governmental organisation, I Choose Life Foundation, has urged the Federal Government to recognise and celebrate young Nigerian talents as a way to spur other young Nigerians to greatness.
The group made the call in Abuja on Sunday at the second edition of its MyNigerianDream event in Abuja, where it recognised young Nigerians who had excelled in fashion, sports and other ventures.
This was even as it doled out 3.4 million naira in cash prices to a total of 34 athletes who represented the country in the World Athletics under-20 world championship in Nairobi, Kenya.
The group, aimed at working to promote the mental, emotional and physical well-being of young people in Nigeria, has over the years remained committed to investing in the mental health of young Nigerians.
At the event which was a partnership with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and others, the group’s coordinator Chijioke Obioma said that it sought to empower young minds in creative activities.
Obioma further explained that the foundation was creating new and creative models for young people and their works to be in the spotlight to serve as an encouragement to others.
He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to channel more interest in harnessing young talents in Nigeria and to also support the development and encouragement of young people.
Responding to the cash price awarded the under-20 team, Team captain Godson Brume commended the foundation, saying that the award was the first he had received for the feat.
“This is the first award I’ve ever received in my career as an athlete and I will forever cherish it,” he said.
The foundation also recognised the 10 finalists in the fashion creativity contest tagged “Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Mental Health and Coping Mechanisms”.
NAN reports that the foundation is also actively involved in sensitising young people, with over 400 schools in Kano state benefitting from such enlightenment, to stay away from drugs. (NAN)