More than 9 million Nigerians are aged 60 and above and, according to the global age index, this number will be over 20 million by 2030.  Yet there are presently only a handful of institutions including the O. B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation focused on the elderly in Nigeria. 

Care for Life, popularly called, Care for the Elderly Programme, was our first programme and it remains our flagship initiative. It identifies and caters to the indigent, sick and neglected senior citizens across Rivers State. We take care of their health, economic and social well-being by providing comprehensive healthcare; caregivers to look after them, monthly food supplies, and monthly cash allowances.

We also provide the elderly in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area, Rivers State two nutritious meals every weekday, along with healthcare, and organize social events such as anniversary celebrations, annual New Year and Valentine’s Day Parties for them at a modern purpose-built recreational center at Biokpo, Abonnema. A second facility has been completed at Abua and awaits commissioning.


On May 22, 2019, we announced a gift of 50 million Naira to endow the High Chief (Dr.) O.B. Lulu-Briggs Distinguished Professorial Chair in Geriatric Care at the Rivers State University. This was at a special event to honour our grand benefactor’s legendary giving, titled A Legacy of Philanthropic Excellence, on his first posthumous birthday. We are confident that the outcomes from work under the endowment will contribute to what is still pioneering work needed to secure adequate resources and advocacy that will support and promote healthy aging in Nigeria.