FONDCUP: 2021 Winner, Runners-Up Outline Projects to Change Niger Delta Narratives
The 2021 winner of the Face of Niger Delta Cultural Pageant (FONDCUP), Kasi Usani and her two runners-up have been presented to the media in Lagos by the organizers and sponsors following a successful grand-finale which held recently in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital.
Backed by the 9 Niger Delta States and World Kindness Initiative Nigeria as key sponsors, Fondcup promises to support the winners especially the face of pageant brand to attain set objectives which include peaceful co-existence, empowerment and cultural renaissance by changing the narratives.
Speaking at the presentation, Ms Elizabeth Efe Era, CEO, Fondcup Nigeria Ltd, said FondCup is created to serve as a remodeling structure for the Niger Deltans, promote good and positive morals, re-ignite the passion for teamwork and togetherness, advocate for the reinstatement of our traditional and cultural values, advocate and campaign for lasting peace within the region.
According to her the laudable goals and objectives of the organization have attracted like-minded organizations such as the 9 Niger Delta states and the World Kindness Movement International and its Nigerian associate, World Kindness Initiative Nigeria as sponsors of this peace and cultural enhancement initiative.
Also making his remarks, Mr. Steve Onyemah, CEO, World Kindness Initiative, said although, the World Kindness Movement started in Japan to inspire and engage who are in need of kindness, the tentacles have spread across many countries of the world including Nigeria. “We are meant to touch every strata and regions of the country. Aligning with FONDCUP is a good starting point for us”.
Declaring that kindness and peace as we all know is very crucial in every part of our country and in the Niger Delta region and the world at large, emphasized that is why “we have teamed up with FONDCUP to ensure the 2021/22 face of the brand, promotes the ideals of World Kindness Initiative which are of course, closely aligned with the FONDCUP’s.
In her address, the 2021 Winner and the FONDCUP queen, Miss Usani revealed that as the fondcup queen and Kindness Ambassador 2021/2022, her pet project is to spread the kindness virus, preach peace and show love to people through enlightening campaigns and empowerment programmes.
As part of these, she plans to provide sanitary towels for young maidens in the Niger Delta region especially those in the rural and slum areas to prevent them from contracting avoidable diseases and illnesses during their monthly menstrual circles.
Kasi, therefore, use the platform and opportunity of the laudable projects to “appeal to firms and manufacturers of sanitary towels to support me in my Save-the-Girl-Child campaign project”, and to curtail things that can negatively affect women health, productivity as well as their involvement in social and economic activities.
She also urged corporate bodies and government parastatals both at the local, state and national levels to support her in achieving her objectives of impacting the lives of the downtrodden and less privileged in the Niger Delta region as she preaches her gospel of kindness and love.
Similarly, the 1st runner-up, Iguodala Faith urges support for her role in pushing the FUNCUP’s – “My Niger Delta Story” and “The Clan Quiz”. These are meant to inspire cultural renaissance and boost further knowledge of the environment.
In the same vein, the 2nd Runner –up, Ekrakene Grace also has on her plate the responsibility of pushing the “FONDCUP Magazine project” while she also tends and craves support for her pet project, “Supporting Primary Child Education”.
For the CEO, FONDCUP Nigeria, the next one year is going to be a busy as well as an exciting time for all three winners as there are laudable projects already outlined for benefit of all, women and children inclusive and to push for peace in the Niger Delta area. She, therefore, further underscored the importance of corporate and governments’ buy-in and support for the projects.