As is itâ€™s tradition overÂ the years,Â Change-A-Life project has held its annual TV Program scheduled for every first day of each new year to usher in the year and also to showcase the bodyâ€™s achievements over the year.
This followed the successful hosting of the 2010 TV show attended by the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola. The hour long show was presented by Change-A-Lifeâ€™s founder, Funmi Iyanda, and was televised live on the NTA Network and LTV 8.
The show was opened by acclaimed Nigerian music artiste Asa, discussing her hopes and dreams for the country and its people to mark the fiftieth year of Nigeriaâ€™s independence.
Since its inception, Change-A-Life January 1st show has always been supported by the office of the incumbent Governor of Lagos State. The Governor was on hand to lend his support for the foundation as well as kick off the new year with a message to the citizens of Lagos that they still live in a society that recognizes and rewards hard work, honesty, dedication and kindness.
He presented the â€œActs of Selfless Serviceâ€ awards â€” recognizing ordinary citizens who have performed extraordinary deeds. One of such person was Sergeant Odogwu, a police officer who found and returned Funmi Iyandaâ€™s laptop. The governor also presented awards to the top three students on the Change-A-Life scholarship scheme who distinguished themselves academically. John Bassey, Tobenna Akaeze and Folarin Olamide were given laptops as a reward for their hard work and academic achievement.
The foundation recorded new additions to its scholarship scheme, taking on to the program, Qudus OlojedeÂ and Samuel Urja-Uti, sons of the deceased Ibrahim Olojede and Friday Uti who were both shot on October 1st 2009 by the Nigerian police. Change-A-Life also gave scholarships to five teachers from the Whanyinna Nursery and Primary, Makoko to attend teaching college.
Change-A-Lifeâ€™s mission is to act as a bridge between people with potential, great need and the people, agencies and organizations that have the capacity to help and are willing to help these people. The scheme which is solely not for profit was founded by Funmi Iyanda in 2002.
Over the years, Change-A-Life has affected the lives of many children and people through its scholarship, healthcare, counselling and micro-finance intervention scheme. The scholarship scheme currently supports 98 children.
â€œLife is becoming more challenging to numerous people around us. This year, more than ever, we are determined to continue to touch and affect more people and communities in a positive manner-one life at a time as is our tradition at Change-A-Life. We urge more corporate organisations and private individuals to lend a helping hand towards making our world a better place when called uponâ€, said Bridget Oyefeso-Odusami, the Executive Director of Change-A-Life.