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Build a life by adopting a child, FG urges parents

…as group premiers movie on adoption

By Caleb Ayansina

ABUJA – FEDERAL Government has called on Nigerians to change their perception about the issue of adoption, saying there is nothing strange or negative in adopting a child from an orphanage home, as they also deserve to have a better life.

It said negative perception of adoption in the country is one of the obnoxious culture built in the country among the peoples of all cultures that must be changed, for a better society.

This was coming at a time, when a group under the auspices of Zion City with the support of Busy Mind Entertainment premiered a movie titled; Revelation.

Revelation, a Nollywood/Hollywood movie that focuses on parenthood and the family, shows that a happy and fulfilled life is strongly linked with starting a family irrespective of how a child comes into being.

Speaking at the occasion, the Deputy Director (Child Welfare), Social Development Secretariat in the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Mrs Agnes Uta Hart said children in motherless homes desire family, and it could only be achieved through an adoption.

She further noted that although people complained of long process, “it is necessary in the interest of the child and even the parent.”
The writer of the story, Mrs Sandra Nwugo, who said she was touched by hardship going through by some families due to childlessness, urged people not to be tied-down by unfounded norms African tradition.

According to her, “The unfortunate thing about having a child through other ways like adoption except natural birth is a taboo must change in Africa.”

The Movie Director, Mr Femi Abatan maintained that there were many people today, who still share in the unfortunate African norms.

He added that the belief still compelled some parents to be childless, while shortened doors of opportunities of having home against some children in motherless homes.

Abatan said; “This is not right, it is callous, the ideal is barbaric, selfish and a display of ignorance.

“The society should look closely into the issue of adoption and give hope to a helpless child. As a matter of fact, no child chose his parentage, and every child deserves a happy home.”

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