Searh & Groom, an NGO based in Lagos (Nigeria), took part of the #LoveDiversity initiative. They prepared some actions to celebrate diversity and sport. Yomi Kuku, Search & Groom executive director, declares that “this was an introduction phase and it will inspire a better and well plan campaign next year”.
The UNESCO Chair looks forward to see more individuals and organizations embracing #LoveDiversity. If you want to host a #LoveDiversity event, visit this page and download the interactive PDFs.
You can read the testimonial of a programme officer, Mr. Olumide Ojekunle:
On the 28th of February, 2018, I, Olumide Ojekunle, on behalf of the organisation I work for, (Search and Groom youth for development centre), I went to the main bowl of the National stadium located in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria where people with physical disabilities engage themselves in amputee football.
I was informed that they only hold training sessions only twice a week so I got to meet with them as get just had warm up sessions.
I met with the Head coach of the team coach Victor who gave me the permission to go ahead and interact with some players of the team and take pictures with them. I spoke about the project at hand which is about “LOVE DIVERSITY” and explained to them what the aim of the project which is to know how they have been able to manage so many constrains and stigmas in this amputee football and how love diversity has played a huge role in motivating them to spread the word all over.
They were really interested in the project and their reception was warm and homely. We took a few pictures with the poster #lovediversity and #welovediversity. The coach told me to come on Friday 2nd of March, 2018 to witness their sessions and I can have one or two interviews with the players and I thanked him for his assistance.
On the 2nd of March, 2018, I went to the National stadium and I was able to be part of their amputee football session where I was able to get videos and pictures of their sessions and I had an interview with the captain of the team Emmanuel James and also another player of the team too.
This was supported by school children who also spent time sharing their experiences with me and their thoughts on what they know about disability.
It was a good and awesome experience been a part of this project and telling the world that irrespective of one’s color, race and disability, love diversity holds everyone equal.