With people like Denis Obrien making corporate philanthropy popular, many companies across the world are now embracing philanthropic endeavors. Airtel Nigeria, a leading telecom company in the country known for promoting corporate philanthropy and responsible social investments, called on other companies in the country to embrace the same ideas as philanthropists like Denis Obrien, a statement they made during their premier of the 4th season of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program, Airtel Touching Lives.
During the high-profile CSR event held at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Airtel Nigeria CEO and Managing Director, Segun Ogunsanya, urged his countrymen, especially the corporations, to support noble causes, like those that aim to help the underprivileged. He said, after expressing gratitude to the people present, that there is no limit to how kind and compassionate people can be. He parted with the crowd with the message that we shouldn’t waste our time asking why there are poor people and just strive to help them.
He says that the best thing to ponder is what we can do to change the fact that the world will always have poor and unfortunate in it, and do what we can to alleviate their troubles and help them. Ogunsaya encourages people, not just companies, to do what they can to help.
Barrister Adebayo Shittu, Nigeria’s Minister of Communication Technology, wished Airtel Nigeria well, and encouraged corporate organizations across the country to do what Airtel Nigeria is doing, to extend a helping hand to those that need it. He says that he believes that those companies, who benefited from the country’s enabling environment, and, in return, they have a responsibility to help the poor and downtrodden in the country.
The premiere of Airtel Touching Lives Season 4 has Ik Osakioduwa as MC, with poetry and spoken performances, classical and jazz sessions, with its first episode being a discussion on what the strong and the privileged can do to help the weak and underprivileged in society.
The event also had several political dignitaries, like Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology; Sen. Ajayi Borrofice, and the Ogun State Commissioner on Commerce and Industry, Bimbo Ashiru, among other key political figures.