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The Society for the Welfare of the Blind in Nigeria is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-religious organization registered in Nigeria.

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Introduction

Permit us to humbly introduce to you the Society of ours.

The Society for the Welfare of the Blind in Nigeria is a non-governmental, non-profit making and non-religious organization registered in Nigeria under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters of 1990 with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria the body responsible for the regisration of charity organization in Nigeria and IRS in the state of Georgia, Atlanta USA with a 501C3 tax exempt status. The SWBN was founded out of the imperative needs to squarely ameliorate the age-long socio-cultural and economic problems of this country. Therefore, we are proud to say that our Society is founded out of the zest to pursue humanitarian courses and programmes that would really touch the lives of these individuals and persons whom the society have the least appreciation for.

In the light of above, it is our utmost intention to execute and embark upon well meaningful programmes and activities that will help to bring to fore the potentials and intellect embedded in visually impaired individuals. All that these individuals need is the wherewithal support to cope with their given disabling condition in their quest to rise to any chosen height in any field of human endevours in life.

The maximal utility and appreciation of the potentials of visually impaired persons and individuals is our watch watch word. From our field survey and through experiences of our members we are convinced about the need to assist and support these individuals.

To buttress the above, we have projects that we have deemed fit to tender for your kind organization/corporate, financial and materials consideration.

We hope that in view of your organization/corporate reputation we have no doubt that this proposal of ours would be treated favourably and given its desired attention.

Fin attached the Proposals, copy of our organizational profile, letter from the national Association of Visually Impaired Students (UNILAG CHAPTER), pictures and paper caption of our past events.

Looking forward to your favourable response.

Yours faithfully,

Tade Lapido,
President/Founder, SWBN.

What we are doing

1. Production of Textbooks in Braille:- Our society on the 23rd of May 2001 presented textbooks transcribed into Braille for the following secondary schools;

  • Federal Government College Ijaniki, Lagos.
  • Queens College, Sabo Yaba Lagos
  • St Gregory’s college, Obalende Lagos.
Present at the occasions were members of the special educational unit of the Federal and State Ministries of Education, representatives from the office of the Honorable Minister of Education and gentlemen of the press from the prints and electronics media. Video cassette/ CD on such Braille Textbook presentation are also available on request.

2. Construction of Zebra-crossing sign Post:- A zebra-crossing was also constructed and sign-posts erected by the S.W.B.N at Cappa Bus-stop on Agege Motor Road Mushin Lagos to minimize frequent occurrence of blind people being knocked down due to the Blind Centre situated there, was launched on the 16th of May 2001. Also present at this occasion were representatives of the Federal and State Ministries of Works, e.t.c. Video cassette/ CD of the presentation is also available on request

3. Scholarship and grant:- provisions of grants to aid the educational and vocational aspirations of some blind students in Nigeria also took place at the Vocational Training Centre for the Blind Cappa Oshodi the same day 16th of May 2001. Scholarship was given to two trainees of the centre, overalls were donated by S.W.B.N to trainees and other departments, blind materials and other appliances such as typewriters guide-canes wrist-watch Etc. were also denoted. Video cassette/ CD and photographs are also available on request.

4. Public Enlightenments: Solicitations for public awareness through interviews and programs on both the prints and electronics media. For more details of such public awareness interviews, please see page 24 of the daily champion newspaper of May 21st 2001 and the vanguard of May 17th 2001 page 14. We have also embarked on transcribing into Braille textbooks for students in J.S.S 1- S.S 3 for the following secondary schools, namely:

  • Bisemi secondary school, Bisemi, Bayelsa state Nigeria.
  • Saints Jude’s Girls school, Amarata, Bayelsa state Nigeria.
  • Saints Joseph Centre for visually impair and Handicapped, Obudu, Cross River State Nigeria.
These projects were completed December 2007, and the presentation of the Braille Textbooks was carried out on the 7th of January 2008 at the school hall of the special handicapped, Yenegoa, Bayelsa. Present at the occasion were representatives of both commissioners of education of Bayelsa and Cross-River states, staff of the special education unit of the schools and gentlemen of the press. Also, on the 7th of July 2008, two Perkins Braille machines were presented to Queen’s collage, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos. Video cassette/CDs and photographs of both projects are also available on request. It might also interest you that the above mentioned projects were made possible through the kind financial support of a few corporate organizations such as ExxonMobil producing Nigeria limited, who believe in the concept of “Corporate Social Responsibility” and also through the support of few gentlemen and women who have shown deep concern and understanding towards the welfare of the blind in Nigeria.

5. The Blind Library: The SWBN is currently working on the project called the blind library. The blind library is a rehabilitation center for the blind and partially sighted persons consisting of four departments/units namely: [1] The Braille book unit [2], information & Advisory service [IAS], [3] Education service, [ES], [4] Technology in Education services [TIES,] [5] Music Education Services. In respect of this project our director of project [President], was in the United States of America [USA] to create awareness of the project to Nigerians in Diaspora and also meet the President of the American foundation for the blind. During the visit the President also met with Prince Mikail Olalekan Aminu, President of continental Engineering Construction Company, Atlanta, Georgia. Folashde Arowoshelu, General Secretary PDP, U.S.A, Louis Ebodaghe, Chairman PDP U.S.A, e.t.c who all committed their pledge to contributing to the success of the project. In furtherance of our determination to create awareness for our society solicit for assistance and participating in the major conference of the National Development Institute in Columbus Ohio, our President/Director of Project (Mr. Tade) addressed the Congress of Egbe Omo Yoruba, Atlanta Chapter (Yorubanation) where he discussed the plight of the visually impressed in Nigeria and solicited for their assistance SWBN got incorporated in January 2012 with 501C3 tax exempt status in the state of Geogia, Atlanta USA by IRS. The following are the members of the board of trustee, USA: Mr. Tade Eniola Ladipo, Chief Alani Ogunlade, Prince Mikail Aminu, Folashade Arowoselu, Sen.Isiaka , Adetunji Adeleke with Fasakin Fabukola the Executive Secretary, Pastor Johnson Adefila, Commande Benjamin Falade, Bimpe Idowu James, Olawuyi Adewunmi and Bukky Rasaki.

On 15th “October 2012, is the International White Cain day, the SWBN represented by Mr. Tade Emiola, Mr.Benjamin Awogbayila and other Blind Organization celebrated the day with a walk from the Palms (Shoprite lekki) to kings College under a heavy rain with the theme “Our Mark of Independence” proudly organized by “Angel 4 life foundation. A Nikki Laoye Initative and also supported by Chicken Republic, also present are Yaw, Sammy Okposo, Nedu and gentlemen of the press.

On Nov. 14th 2012, Members of the SWBN visited Iyewa College and presented a Braille machine donated by Exxon Mobil to the visually impaired students of the school, present at the occasion were the vice Principals of the school, HOD special unit student and the News Agency of Nigeria (see Daily Champion Friday Nov. 16, 2012) On the 3rd of December, 2012 is the International Disability day. The SWBN organized a free eye screening with very impressive turnout and Dr Imade, an Ophthalmologist did the coinsurance in occasion was graced by health officials from the Ministry of health

The HIV screening, also gentlemen of the press [see daily champion Wed. Dec. 5, 2012]. The U.S Board of Trustee paid a courtesy visit to Nigeria Embassy, [the Consular General] Atlanta, Centre for visually impaired Atlanta and Foundation center. The President also visited Med share an organization notable for donating hospital equipments for organization in Africa and other part of the world where he met Mell Diallo the Vice President Corporate International who promised assisting our organization especially for our Community Eye Clinic. On the 3rd of December, 2013 is the international day for Persons Living with Disability (PLWD). The SWBN in conjunction with women and children with Disability Initiative celebrated the day in the combo hall of Lagos state Television, Ikeja Under the chairmanship of Chief Alani Ogunlade who was physically present all the way from USA. Award were given to corporate organizations and kind hearted Nigerians such as MTN FOUNDATION, EXXON MOBIL, chief Alani Ogunlade, DR Deji Adeleke, Sen. Isiaka Adeleke, Chief Tunde J. Afolabi, etc for their track records for people with disabilities especially the blind. The event also feature free eye screening, HIV testing and talent show. Present at the event were students from Farm Craft School for the Blind, Bethsaida Home for the Blind, Pacheli School for the Blind, School for the Blind Oshodi and gentlemen of the press from TVC, MITV, LTV, Radio Lagos, Bond FM and News Agency of Nigeria.

Concept of the society for the welfare of the blind in Nigeria was ‘THE ALTERNATIVE’ radio show on SMA94.7FM Lagos, (now on transmitting on 106.7 FM) Ijebu-ode, ogun state. Before the structural adjustment processing undergone by the above named radio station, THE ALTERNATIVE radio show aired on the station between the month of January 2014 and April of the same year. The idea of the radio show was a projecting the best about physical challenges and more around persons living with disability, reason why the program was tagged THE ALTERNATIVE. SULAIMON SALAM BAMIDELE, ALSO KNOWN AS the ‘great’ssb ANCHORED THE RADIO SHOW WITHIN THE PERIOD STATED ABOVE. On weekly basis, THE ‘GREAT’SSB talks about the alternatives to what people view as physical challenges, best of more that it could be done if anyone is in a situation of physical challenges either as people involved or parents/ friends/ guardians of the affected individuals. Part of the program’s concept was to interview/ present a couple of shining examples around the world of physical challenges, especially those who have been able to defeat the issues around their physical disabilities etc. While it last on airwaves, THE ALTERNATIVE radio show was an every Monday evening tonic for many people that incredibly showed the high interest to learning more and more about persons living with disability. It was famous by its slogan:: THE ALTERNATIVE......... Right To Life For Persons Living With Disability.

Thank you for finding time to comprehend this profile of ours. Once again, you are welcome on board to our world of service to humanity per excellence. For further information and enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the following: Tade E. L {+234 01 8044765, +234 803 681 0612}, Fatunmbi D {+234 805 606 3438}, Oggo D.W {+234 802 302 2659}, Awogbayila Benjamin {08038152624}.

People

Chief Tunde J. Afolabi(MFR)

Tunde Afolabi is the founding Managing Director of Amni Petroleum ltd. A professional Geologist with over 30 years of oil and gas exploration and production experience from international companies. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), a past President of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) and a council member of the Nigerian Association of Indigenous Production and Exploration Companies (NAIPEC).

Dr. David Walker Ogogo

Dr.  David Ogogo, is the Registrar and Chief Executive of Institute of Capital Market Registrars; an Associate of the prestigious Association of Business Executives (London), he holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Lagos State University. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, a member of the Nigeria Institute of Strategic Management (MSM) and holds a PhD in Corporate Leadership and Governance from the European-American University. Dr. Ogogo worked and held various Senior Management positions in Union Bank Plc, Union Bank Registrars Department, corporate Trust Ltd (a Finance House), Anchoria Investments & Securities Ltd  (a stockbroking outfit), Business Innovators Ltd (a management consulting outfit), among others prior to his new job.

Sen. Isiaka Adeleke(MFR)

Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was born in 15 January 1955 in Ede in Osun State. He holds a Bachelor Of Arts Degree, and a Master's Degree In Public Administration. He was Chairman, Governing Council, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Pro-Chancellor And Chairman, Governing Council, University of Calabar, Nigeria. He was first civilian Executive Governor Of Osun State (1992–1993), until the military government aborted the transition to full civilian administration. As governor, he signed the law establishing the Osun State College of Technology.
Alhaji Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke was elected senator for Osun West in 2007.  He was appointed to committees on Upstream Petroleum Resources, Integration and Cooperation, Housing and Air Force. In March 2008, he instituted a scholarship award for about 100 indigent students in tertiary institutions across the country.
In July 2009, as chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke praised the work of the Independent National Electoral Commission, saying "so far INEC has performed creditably well". He has supported the rights of Nigerians living abroad to vote in Nigerian elections.

Chief Alani Ogunlade

Chief Alani Ogunlade who likes to be known as the 'Village Boy' was born in Oshoba Village, Ifo Local Government in Ogun State, Nigeria. Alani Ogunlade is very involved in community activities in United States as well as Nigeria. He is the founder and President of KAVA (Keep A Village Alive), www.kava-africa.org, a non-profit organization committed to improving quality lives in African Villages. In 2004, KAVA built a modern eight classrooms elementary school in Oshoba Village. He is a member of the Board of African Children Fund, Board member of the Arts Exchange in Atlanta, Business Partner with Clayton County Schools. He is noted for the Promotion of African Culture in US. He Founded African Cultural Dance Company in 1977 for this purpose. He Has performed for numerous organizations, dignitaries including the former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria for free. He is Currently, building a cultural and learning center in his village of Oshoba. The Center will focus on promoting African Culture locally as well as on international level. He Has contributed immensely towards supporting fundraising effort events in local nonprofit organizations in Atlanta (eg Eko Club Atlanta $1500).

Tade Ladipo Emiola

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