O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation staff traveled to Abonnema to surprise its beneficiaries at the Biokpo Recreational Centre to show them love on Valentine’s Day. The brief get-together was made lively through dancing, testimonies from the senior citizens, food, and group photos. In addition, each beneficiary went home with provisions and other gift items donated by the staff.
During the Christmas/New Year holiday, the Foundation hosted two celebrations in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. On 25 December, thousands of children between 0-14 years gathered to play, dance, and receive Christmas gifts at Onubio, Briggs Compound. A week later, a New Year’s Party for the Elderly was held at the new Biokpo Recreational Centre. Beneficiaries of the Care for Life programme along with other senior citizens were honored that day as government functionaries, community leaders, and friends of the Foundation also witnessed the occasion.
The O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation marked 15 years of operations with a three-day series of anniversary activities from 19-21 September 2016. The celebration kicked off with a Walk for Life, spreading prostate cancer awareness. Hundreds of walkers joined Foundation management, staff, and volunteers as they hit the streets of Aba Road Expressway in Port Harcourt from Isaac Boro Park to Waterlines bus stop and back. The prostate cancer awareness campaign continued the next day with a mass sensitization and free screening, in conjunction with several local hospitals. The anniversary cam to its climax on 21 September with a rousing thanksgiving service and reception at the Chapel of God International Worship Centre, Old GRA, Port Harcourt. The Foundation also honoured its Executive Director, Dr. Mrs. Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs, who celebrated her birthday on the same day.
The 7th edition of the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation Law School Grant Award took place on Monday 22nd August, 2016 in collaboration with Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). The award ceremony was included as a session in the NBA’s 56th Annual General Conference held at the Ground Floor Hall, Rivers State Ministry of Justice, Port Harcourt. The Director-General, Nigerian Law School, Prof. Olanrewaju Onadeko (SAN), presented a paper during the session entitled “Funding Legal Education in Nigeria”. He commended the untiring stride of the Foundation in the area of providing grants to upcoming lawyers from Rivers State. Each of the 56 awardees went home with one hundred and twenty thousand naira (N120,000.00) and a laptop computer.
41 pupils of St. Augustine’s Nursery & Primary School in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State were presented cash awards for academic excellence during the 2014/2015 session by the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation. This was the third edition of the ceremony, which held 23 March 2016. Since 2013, the overall top three pupils are awarded with cash grants, ranging from five to fifteen thousand naira each. The Foundation’s Coordinator of Programmes, Ms. Ineba Ideriah, gave a brief address in which she reminded the pupils the purpose of the award: to encourage the children to maximize their potential as well as relieving the financial burden on their parents. She also appreciated the teachers for answering the divine call of service and providing the students with a solid education to propel them in the future.
If you ask the average Nigerian how they are doing, they will respond with either: “I’m fine,” “It is well,” or “We thank God”. However, these answers can disguise the thoughts of frustration and helplessness many are feeling. Some of our family members, friends, and colleagues may be living with depression and we are not aware. The World Health Organization (WHO) has marked 7 April as its annual World Health Day, aimed to mobilize support around a specific health issue of concern to people all over the world. The 2017 theme is “Depression: Let’s Talk,” part of a one-year campaign addressing mental health disorders. Depression, also known as major depressive disorder or clinical depression, is a constant state of low mood that interferes with daily life. The disorder is not specific to any ethnic group, age, socioeconomic status, or gender. Estimates from WHO show that there has been an 18% increase in people with depression between 2005-2015. Currently, the condition affects about 300 million people all over the globe. WHO reports state that as many as 1 in 5 women & 1 in 10 men will suffer from depression at some point in their lifetime. More worryingly, over 80% of those suffering with depression live in low and middle-income countries like Nigeria where there is little government or private sector support to care for them. There are no official statistics regarding the prevalence rate in Nigeria, but some sources have reported that as many as 48 million Nigerians suffer from the condition. The lack of awareness about depression and other mental disorders is widespread. The average Nigerian will say that depression does not exist or that it only affects Westerners. Most African languages do not even have a word for depression. Many believe that their fellow countrymen do not have [...]
The O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation has a long history of providing quality medical assistance at no cost to indigent communities across the Niger Delta. Obuama Community aka Harry’s Town in Degema Local Government of Rivers State was no exception, with a record of 3,714 beneficiaries that cut across different health related cases like Dental, General Out Patient, Laboratory, Eye Care, Paediatrics, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy and Surgeries.
Do you know that statistics from the International Federation of Diabetes Africa (IFD) showed that Nigeria has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Africa and the number of deaths recorded in adults stood at 40,815? For us at the O.B.Lulu-Briggs Foundation we would like to share with you a tip that can help your lower your chances of becoming diabetic. Know you risk factors, which are Obesity Lack of physical activity Family history of diabetes Age As we commemorate the world health day we like the good people of Rivers State and Nigeria at large to be more aware of the rise in diabetes and beat diabetes. Join millions of people around the globe to beat diabetes today and always by testing your blood sugar level regularly, eat healthy and keep exercising. This message is sponsored by the O.B.Lulu-Briggs Foundation.
Since 2000, World Cancer Day is marked every 4 February to promote cancer awareness and mobilize the globe to fight against this epidemic. World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), an organization that works closely with World Health Organization and other United Nations agencies to tackle cancer on a worldwide scale. The 2016-2018 World Cancer Day theme is “We Can, I Can,” designed to explore “how everyone – as a collective or individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.” There are more than 200 known types of cancer, loosely defined as a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade other parts of the body. Even though developed countries record more cancer cases, developing nations like Nigeria record 70% of all global cancer-related deaths. Nigeria’s true cancer burden is unknown largely due to underreporting and lack of accurate, population based statistics. According to a statement released by the Nigerian Medical Association in 2015, about 100,000 new cases of cancer and 75,000 deaths are recorded every year in this country. Drawing from the latest research, the numbers are projected to increase. The most common cancers plaguing Nigerians are those of the breast, cervix, prostate, and colorectal region. In 2015, the O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation launched its maiden prostate cancer campaign, aimed at spreading awareness and expand the body of prostate cancer research in the riverine parts of Rivers State. During our Minama Free Medical Mission last June, a research team conducted questionnaires with male beneficiaries 40 years and older to determine their knowledge about prostate cancer, among other objectives. Preliminary analysis demonstrated that 60% of respondents had never heard of prostate cancer. Even more troubling, 87% did not know what the prostate was, while 92% […]
World Cancer Day The O.B. Lulu-Briggs Foundation is commemorating this year’s World Cancer Day with a single question: Do you know someone who has died of cancer? Many of us do. Our friends, colleagues, and relatives are dying but no one is talking about it. We cannot continue to keep silent about cancer, or pretend that it does not exist. Cancer is not a death sentence IF it is detected early. Protect yourself by living a healthy lifestyle. Do not “manage” any unusual symptoms – go visit a doctor immediately. But know that not every cancer has warning signs – endeavor to go for regular screenings. If you are living with cancer, seek support & care. If you are a cancer survivor, share your story and spread hope. Together, we can work to eliminate cancer in our communities.