Versatile artiste, vocalist, dancer, lyricist and judge of reality show, Nigerian Idol, Yinka Davies is among top Nigerian artistes to grace the launch of Edak Willie Empowerment Foundation book presentation and documentary film screening.
Yinka Davies will thrill guests at the event which holds Thursday 7th April, at Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos, in Celebration of World Health Day.
According Willie, the producer of the popular television magazine programme, Edak Willie Show, the book presentation and documentary are on a Lassa fever.
“It is Lassa Fever/Environmental Hygiene Sensitization Workshop for young Nigerians. It is organized by Edak Willie Empowerment Foundation,” she explains.
“Yinka Davies and Albert Kanu will perform. Apart from the workshop, there is also a book presentation and documentary film screening.”
She added that the Royal Father of the day, is HRM Oba Dokun Thompson, The Olooni of Eti-Oni, Osun State, while dignitaries including Nollywood stars and musicians will also grace the event.
The speakers, according to her, include Commissioner of Health Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner of Health Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, Commissioner of Health Bayelsa State, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei, Commissioner of Health Ekiti State, Dr. Olurotimi Ojos.
Others include Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa, SSA on Foreign Affair and the Diaspora to President, Buhari, Dr. Charles Elikwu, Department of Microbiology, Babcock UTH, Dr. Kemi Odukoya, Consultant Comm. Health Physician, LUTH and Mr. Udom Inoyo, Executive Director Exxon Mobil.
The event, she further stated, is in line with what she is doing with Edak Willie Show, a 30 minutes TV magazine designed to educate its viewers on health and lifestyle issues.
“Sadly, norms and opinions in African societies today are still fuelled by ignorance. Man lives in constant fear of what he does not understand and so attributes it to the sketchy regions of the supernatural.
“’The Edak Willie’ show aims light on these issues thereby bring about better understanding for viewers through knowledge-based discourse.
Ultimately, we hope to effect positive changes in the society through the medium of television broadcasting and in so doing dispel myths; that inhibiting factor to every human attempt at progress. We strive to continually push the boundaries of change, enlightenment and innovation and we seek to deliver world class content in every episode.
“Our key distinguishing factor is our down to earth presentation style which resonates with every strata of the society notwithstanding age, gender, ethnic or spiritual viewpoint. The experience shared through this platform leaves one enriched, motivated and empowered. We strive to deliever well researched content as well as bringing guests who are an authority in their special fields to deliver information packed content to our audience segment.
“We continuously raise the bar regarding quality of issues and discussions and we strive to be a voice in stimulating health discussions and varying view point.” Willie stated.
Explaining further, manager of Edak Willie production, Mr. Bob Hope Iroegbu said, “The foundation is all about empowerment, because we found out that most people find it hard to pay their bills in terms of hospital bills, when they are ill, pregnant women who put to bed and they will be left in the due to one reason or the other.
“So we decided to establish this foundation to help people who are in need and those who have problems in terms of treatment, to be able to treat themselves when they are ill, or when they need to go abroad for treatment and they need funding for that. That is where we come in to help them raise fund or to provide the means for such treatment.
On the focus on Lassa Fever, he said: “You know, the major cause of Lasa fever is dirty environment, which means that keeping our environments clean is one way of avoiding the fever which is transmitted from animals), in that it spreads to humans from rodents, specifically multimammate mice (Mastomys natalensis).
“The whole idea is to create awareness, basically, among school children, about the fever and what to do to avoid it.