LAGOS, Nigeria; 18th July 2018


On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, non-governmental organisation, The Purple Girl Foundation was launched at a fundraising event held at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Owned by Mary Akpobome, wife of popular comedian, Ali Baba, Purple Girl Foundation was established to bridge the gap for young girls who lack the means to continue their education by reason of their family background, location, or social status.

Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Founder and President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa delivered the keynote address and Mary Akpobome addressed guests on major reasons why the foundation has come alive. The panel discussion session involved Professor Yomi Fawehinmi, Advisor, Horizons & Pathways, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Dr. Abosede Lewu, Founder, Girlsaide Initiative; Mr. Mohammed Ahmed, Director, Schools, Education & Society, British Council; and Mrs. Chinedum Oluwadamilola, Head of School, Corona Secondary School.

Themed “Girl-Child Education for Nation Building”, the event aimed at eliciting support from well-meaning individuals and organizations who are committed to promoting growth and lasting development in our nation.

According to the board of trustees, the launch of the Purple Girl Foundation is intended to bring together key stakeholders in the education and social development space from both the private and public sector to provide more insight around the issues around girl-child education in Nigeria.

It was a gathering of industry experts and professionals in various aspects of social development and education including ace comedian Alibaba, DayStar Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Nike Adeyemi, representative of the Lagos state deputy governor, former deputy governor of Lagos, Mrs Sarah Sosan, retired AIG of police Tunji Alapini, Richard Mofe Damijo, amongst others.

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