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Sports for development – Para-soccer

    Nigeria’s para-soccer league gives young disabled men a profession, a skill and a role as models of success in this tough society.   Para-soccer is a fast paced, intense and graceful game. Invented in Nigeria in 1988, it has, over time, developed well-defined rules and regulations that take much from football (or soccer) with a hint of handball.     The league’s development has been assisted...

Social Fabric

This article appeared in Wings Magazine Nigeria’s fashion industry is an important source of employment. Design house Kinabuti aims to contribute to the growth of it, and the nation’s creative economy at community level.   Words Diane Lemieux Photography Adolphus Opara & Massimo Sciacca “If any place can become the Milan of Africa it is Lagos.” Caterina Bortolussi, designer and founder of the fashion...

A charitable act?

I gave a man 3000 Naira yesterday. He tried to haggle for more but I felt that 3000 was enough. How often do you give 15 Euro to a total stranger, especially one that was lying to me? He walked into Quintessence, an upmarket shop for Nigerian and African arts, crafts and fashion. He was tall and blade-thin, in a black suit, white shirt and a thin, 1970’s tie, the hint of grey in his short-cropped beard. He looked like a...

One woman who made a difference

There was a two-page spread in a Dutch newspaper the other week on a father and son’s decades worth of development experience in Africa. Looking back, they felt that their years of diligent work and best intentions had had very little lasting impact on pulling people out of poverty in the communities where they had worked. The article needs to be understood within the context of a raging political debate on development aid...

One man makes a difference

‘I am very lucky as a person,’ said Vinay Mahtani, sipping a beer on the hip terrace of the Radisson Hotel in Lagos. ‘I think throughout my life I have had good opportunities, travelled the world, have been educated well. I felt a bit guilty that I get so much and there are so many people out there with nothing.’ Vinay is Nigerian of Indian decent. Vinay and I have a common interest – the Ebunoluwa Foundation....
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