Airtel Reaffirms Commitment To Empowering The Less Privileged

By Niyi Abiola

Lagos, Nigeria; Tuesday, 26th January, 2016: Airtel Nigeria’s revolutionary CSR television programme, Airtel Touching Lives Season 2, enters episode 3 this Sunday, January 31st as the telco reaffirmsits commitment to less privileged members of the society.

Scheduled to air on Africa Magic Channel 151 this Sunday, by 7.30-8.00pm, the episode 3 takes viewers to the city of Ibadan, Oyo State, capturing how Airtel came to the aid of less privileged kids.From same episode, viewers will also seehow a 47 year-old man, Gbenga Adesidawho was born blindwas empowered to deal with the situation and other challenges.

The repeat broadcast of the compelling stories in episode 3 can be viewed on Africa Magic Family 154 on Saturdays 8pm to 8.30pm; Africa Magic Urban on Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.00pm; AIT on Sundays by 6.30pm to 7pm; NTA on Wednesdays by 8.30pm to 9.00pm and Arewa 24 TV on Sundays by 7.00pm to 7.30pm.

Last week in episode 2, viewers saw how the telco gave lifeline to a man who battled an unknown, debilitating disease for several years. It also captured how Airtel employed innovative means to help several women and children in a community in Osun State.

The maiden episode of the show, which kicked off two weeks ago showed how Airtel fulfilled its promise to Season 1 beneficiary, Mr. Essien Obong, a mathematician/software writer who became blind after an armed robbery attack. The telco came to his aid by providing him with a customized laptop, bespoke braille machine and other computer software to support him.

Also in episode 1, the telco assisted a foundation known as ‘Centre for Citizens with Disabilities,’ founded by David Anyaele, a social support activist, whose hands were amputated by Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebels in 1999 while on a business trip to Sierra Leone during the Civil War.

With the aid of prosthesis and the support of family and friends, he recovered quickly to only carry on the burden of life and living, but also to canvass for the support of the less privileged. He brought quite a few in the audience to tears with his moving story, but expressed utmost appreciation to God for sparing his life and to Airtel Nigeria, for donating laptops, printers, desks, photocopiers and other office equipment to enable him do his work of mercy and faith.

Through the Touching Lives platform, Airtel has been promoting the spirit of giving, self-sacrifice and love among Nigerians.

The Season 2 of the programme was premiered recently in Abuja with prominent individuals, government functionaries, NGOs and well-meaning Nigerians in attendance.