Prolific hitmaker and music producer Davido turned 21 on November 21st, 2013. To celebrate his special day, he marked the occasion with chartable donations to Ikeja Government Primary School and later The Heart of Gold Children’s Hospice and the Heritage Homes Orphanage, all located in Lagos, Nigeria.
Davido who is also the founder of HKN Records, donated school supplies and food items, among other things, to the children he visited.
Now typically, I am a bit hesitant to share images of celebrities visiting prisons, charity homes etc. to donate items etc. I have always felt it unnecessary to have a media spectacle around such visits. Nevertheless, I think there is something remarkable about a young man (only 21) having the foresight to do this at his age and; from the items and amount donated, it appears it is not some show for public approval/validation, per se. It seems like his heart was in it. I think this is good and for the many young people who follow Davido, I think it is a great example to remind them to give back to their own communities that help them become successful i.e. to whom much is given, much is expected.
I also think it would be very encouraging if our celebrities, like some American celebrities, can ask their fans on their birthdays to donate to a charity in Nigeria or wherever the fans may be based.
On a different note, seeing images of Davido’s donation reminded me of my mother and growing up in Nigeria. We never really had much but my mom always made it a point to always buy bags of beans, rice, and other food items, haul us (my siblings and I) in the car with those items and donate to those in need. In returning to the States, that example and that of other persons in my life who also did the same, has been very good to watch and emulate in my own way.
If you have young ones, plant the seed. It goes a long way in the future.
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