I’ve gotten this question from a couple of you so I thought I’d take a moment to provide a brief, though inevitably impassioned, answer. Enjoy.
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The Question: You are Nigerian so why are you trying to help Indian children instead of helping African children?
To be honest, I wasn’t going to answer this question at first because I thought it was silly.
But after some thought, I realized that I was wrong. It’s not a silly question at all.
It’s a very good question.
And the answer is very simple.
The reason that I’m helping children in India instead of children in Africa is because I believe that a child is a child.
It doesn’t matter to me whether that child is from Ukraine, Uganda, Nigeria, or Senegal.
As long as there is a child in need and I have the time and resources to make a difference for that child, I want to do it.
I just want to do the best I can for the most number of children possible.
Does this mean that I’m never going to expand into helping Nigerian children and other African children in need?
In fact, when you buy my book, you’ll discover that the first orphan care project I ever did was in Nigeria.
And I risked my life to do it.
So when the time is right, I won’t flinch at an opportunity to help in Nigeria and other parts of Africa too.
That said, I understand that some people still won’t get this
Some people will read this blog post and still think
“well, you’re African so you’re supposed to be helping Africans”.
And that’s fine because I’m not here for those people.
I’m not here for the local champions that have decided that their sphere of influence is tied to where they were born.
I’m also not here for the backseat drivers — those people that are not doing anything but will sit comfortably on the side to criticize the people that are trying to make a difference.
I am here for the people that understand that their influence is not limited by geography.
I’m here for the people that know that talk is cheap unless it is backed with action.
Those are the kinds of people I am here for; and those people? They get it.