❼ Why are you helping Indians instead of Nigerians or Africans? (reader question)

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.

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When I give, I’m not thinking about race or ethnicity.

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?

Absolutely not.

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.

8 thoughts on “❼ Why are you helping Indians instead of Nigerians or Africans? (reader question)

  1. The downside of living abroad is that your every move is criticized. You’ll never be Nigerian enough according to their standards and you will almost feel like you have to prove your Nigerian or African enough to show that you’re not ignorant/hateful of the culture/people. Good thing I left pleasing others in my past. Looks like it’s not your cup of tea either. Go Kola! :)

  2. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Hahahaha

    Girl, puleaze your permission to perform comes from no one but God. Glad to follow your journey to greater…and greater….and greater things!

    1. LOOLL @ ain’t nobody got time for that ! Thank you Maggie – greater things to come for us all AMEN!

  3. I would like to know more about your efforts to help children. I don’t see a link on your website. It’s a dream I’ve always had but quite honestly haven’t done much beyond the typical monetary donations to UNICEF and other such charities. Do you physically go places and directly instruct and care for kids or do you raise money and stuff. I bet you have answers on this site somewhere I just cant seem to get to it.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. This is a great question!! I might re-organize the site a little bit once my book launch is done to make information easier to find :)

      To answer your question though – I do both. I travel to various countries to explore and find opportunities to help in ways that are sustainable. The most recent trip was to India – here’s a video about that trip

      I’ve also done something similar in Nigeria, Haiti, and Mexico.

      I also raise money to support projects that I have visited. Currently, the main project that Beta Motivation is supporting is the Global Orphan Project in India – More information here

      How would you like to get involved with helping children? I’d be really curious to talk more with you and hear your heart on this topic

  4. Thanks for the links! I knew you had some information in here somewhere.

    Well, my grand vision when I was in 9ja was building free primary schools for the socioeconomically disadvantaged in Nigeria but it never amounted to anything. Just a stillborn idea, which is Kinda sad. To think that the next Philip Emeagwali or Chinua Achebe could be hawking rat poison and the likes on Nigerian streets is a pathetic heart breaker. My younger wide-eyed dreaming self used to think to himself while driving around nigerian streets, “I’ll lift all these hawkers out of poverty with free high quality education.” But real life happened. smh. Honestly, i’m jealous to see someone not too busy to do something about poverty and its effects.

    If there’s anything I can do to help I’ll be more than glad to.

    1. I really resonate with this. And I strongly believe that it’s never too late to start something that makes a difference.
      Please make sure you are subscribed to the email updates so that we can stay in touch that way. I want to continue to be a part of your story because I firmly believe that this dream of yours is still possible. And at the right time, it will manifest

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