SAMI CELEBRATES 10TH ANNIVERSARY
It was a night of fun and entertainment as the Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI) celebrated its 10th year anniversary in a dinner which doubled as a fundraiser event for the sustenance of the landmark accomplishments of the organization in the years to come. The event was also used to reward the efforts of individuals, corporate bodies and non-profit organisations who had played instrumental roles in SAMI’s growth in the past decade.
The private dinner hosted by Mr. Foluso Philips, Chairman Board of Trustees of SAMI was graced by eminent personalities like Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria; Dr. Jide Idris, Lagos State Commissioner of Health; Dr. Jim Ovia, Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc; Mr Donald Duke, former Governor of Cross Rivers state and presidential candidate; Mr Akin Odumakinde CEO Delta Afrik, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Founder of Trinity House; amongst other dignitaries from Corporate Nigeria, the media and entertainment industry.
In his keynote address, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo showered encomiums on Ms Toyin Adesola, the Executive Director and Founder of Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI), the Board, the staff and the volunteer team in the organisation.
At the event, special awards of recognition were given to individuals like Oluwakemi Chioma Akintola, Chinedu Uwabafor, and Scott Weyinmi for their impressive volunteering activities. Corporate bodies such as Fidelity Bank, System Specs, Dangote Foundation, Sifax Group, Premier Lotto, Philips consulting, DKK Nigeria, Say Cheese Cakes, Cakes and Candy, Candy Patisserie were also given special recognition awards for their outstanding contribution and support to the organisation in the last decade.