On the 18th of June 2023, Silver Lining for the Needy Initiative (SLNI) hosted a grand gala dinner at the prestigious Lagos/Osun Hall in Transcorp Hilton. The event marked SLNI’s 14th anniversary, celebrating the organization’s remarkable achievements and recognizing the support received from esteemed guests, dignitaries, and partner organizations. The gala dinner showcased SLNI’s commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of the less privileged and highlighted the importance of collaboration and dedication to humanitarian service. This article provides an overview of the memorable evening and the inspiring moments that unfolded.
Honored Guests and Distinguished Attendees:
The gala event was graced by esteemed guests and dignitaries from various sectors, including representatives from the Federal Ministry of Health, Federal Ministry of Education, National Emergency Management Agency, National Information Technology Development Agency, National Agency for the Control of AIDS, and other distinguished organizations. Notable personalities in attendance included HRM Justin Ezeala, HRH Haliru Yahaya, Senator Ireti Kingibe, Dr. Garba Abari, Dr. Amina Aminu, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa CCIE, Hon. Faruk Aliyu, and many others. Their presence added prestige and significance to the occasion.
Inspiring Keynote Address:
Mr. Edwin Ikhuoria, a board advisory member of SLNI, delivered a powerful keynote address that resonated with the audience. He commended SLNI’s President and Founder, Ms. Hauwa Abbas, for her exceptional dedication and outstanding work in the field of humanitarian service. Mr. Ikhuoria highlighted the positive impacts made by SLNI, underscoring the organization’s commitment to transforming the lives of the less privileged. His address emphasized the importance of philanthropy and the role it plays in creating lasting change.
Testimonials of Transformation:
One of the most touching moments of the evening was the sharing of powerful testimonies from beneficiaries of SLNI’s initiatives. Attendees were moved by the heartfelt stories of individuals from BEMA Homes, the Piwoyi community, and the Kpaduma community. Notably, Chinedu, a former inmate, shared his journey of transformation and expressed gratitude to SLNI for providing hope during his darkest days at Kuje prison. These testimonials served as a testament to the tangible impact of SLNI’s work and inspired everyone present to continue supporting the organization’s noble cause.
Government Partners and Messages of Support:
The gala event received significant media coverage, with notable organizations such as NTA, ITV, Guardian, and The Punch newspapers in attendance. Esteemed government partners delivered goodwill messages, emphasizing the importance of collaboration between the public and non-profit sectors to address social challenges and create lasting change. Their presence and encouragement further highlighted the significance of SLNI’s work and provided inspiration for continued dedication and growth in pursuit of its mission.
Closing Remarks and Reflection:
SLNI’s President delivered a heartfelt closing remark, underscoring the urgent need to address health, water, and sanitation issues, as well as the importance of women empowerment advocacy. She expressed deep gratitude to all the attendees for their unwavering support and commitment to SLNI’s cause. The closing remarks reminded everyone of the vital work that lies ahead and reinforced the organization’s determination to make a difference.