Sup­port for Humanitarian Part­ner­ships Sun­day Ehi­gia­tor

Re­ports on the move by The Made Man Foun­da­tion in Nige­ria to sup­port humanitarian works of pe­cu­liar non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, who are tai­lored to bet­ter the life of the boy-child, with­out tak­ing dig­nity away from the girl child

THISDAY - - CITY STRINGS -

With a mis­sion to up­lift and en­gage ac­count­able male lead­er­ship in community ser­vice pro­gram­ming for the un­der­served, and create a sus­tain­able so­cio- eco­nomic and racially eq­ui­table so­ci­ety for man, woman and child; The Made Man (TMM) Foun­da­tion was borne.

Thor­oughly ded­i­cated to up­lift­ing en­tire com­mu­ni­ties through an in­volved and evolved man, who re­flects a com­mit­ment to em­power and in­vest in com­mu­ni­ties, TMM is a multi- chan­nel or­gan­i­sa­tion that high­lights and con­nects pos­i­tive male change agents as role mod­els and lead­ers, by har­ness­ing the power of men­tor­ship and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion fea­tures lead­ers who are in­vested in el­e­vat­ing the image of men by en­cour­ag­ing ac­count­abil­ity to ad­dress is­sues that im­pact so­ci­etal sta­bil­ity, in the home, pro­fes­sion­ally, and per­son­ally, to in­clude fel­low men, women, and youth.

Fol­low­ing its dec­la­ra­tion an­nounce­ment on Jan­uary 25, 2019, at a con­fer­ence in Benin- City, Nige­ria, as hosted by Prince Har­ri­son Ehimiyen Foun­da­tion, TMM re­cently met with a host of other non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) for the first time, in a bid to sup­port what they are do­ing to bet­ter the life of the boy-child, with­out tak­ing dig­nity away from the girl child.

The event which was well at­tended by var­i­ous NGOs in Nige­ria, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Prince Ehimiyen Foun­da­tion, was de­scribed as an in­ter­face be­tween TMM and Nige­ri­ans on how TMM can bet­ter ap­pre­ci­ate the vi­sion of NGOs that are re­ally close to the grass­roots.

In an in­ter­view with THISDAY, Psy­chol­o­gist and Founder of TMM, Dr. Ky Dele said: “This idea started from my per­sonal jour­ney. Be­ing with a sin­gle mother and not hav­ing my fa­ther around. And see­ing how it af­fected my sis­ter and my brother; my brother who ended up in pri­son, even though my mother was amaz­ing.

“I saw so much while grow­ing up. And been a psy­chol­o­gist, I had an un­der­stand­ing that a lot of chal­lenges in the home are left to the men. But I am not here to point fin­gers but to do the op­po­site.

“Though I see a prob­lem, there is a strength that we are not look­ing at and that is, that there are great men out there. So in­stead of me con­tin­u­ing to talk to this young ones about im­prov­ing, let me go out there and get the great lead­ers that have fig­ured some­thing out, bring them back into the community, so they can help me be role model to th­ese young boys, so they can see that; you re­ally can come out of th­ese com­mu­ni­ties and be okay.

“I can’t keep say­ing it, they need to see it on their own. So we went to th­ese men and said; you fig­ured it out, can you bring back your blue­print, help th­ese young men, help us raise them, so that we won’t have moth­ers with­out their fa­thers around, or have young ladies been raped and mo­lested.

“They are not go­ing to solve ev­ery­thing, but I feel when young men sees some­thing dif­fer­ent in some­one else that looks like them, they can im­prove on their char­ac­ter. And by sim­ply say­ing thank you to men for not leav­ing your wives, thank you for rais­ing your kids, and so on, it goes a long way to help shape the so­ci­ety bet­ter. So we should fo­cus on what men are do­ing, not what they aren’t do­ing, be­cause you can only build from strength, not weak­ness.

“The Made Man is an in­volved and evolved man. He in­volved in his community, home, ac­count­able, and trans­for­ma­tional. And he is evolved by un­der­stand­ing the con­scious­ness of know­ing that it is not just all about him.

“He has to be re­spon­si­ble, he has to un­der­stand that he can­not do any­thing with­out the en­tire community, and he steps back and lead at the same time. So TMM is not nec­es­sar­ily a wealthy man that has all the money to throw around. He is a man that un­der­stands the prin­ci­ple of hu­mil­ity, community de­vel­op­ment and how to ex­tend a help­ing hand”.

Speak­ing on the pur­pose of TMM in Nige­ria, she said, “The pur­pose of this event is to start a dis­cus­sion, know­ing that we are not go­ing to come into Nige­ria with­out talk­ing to Nige­ri­ans first. First, we say thank you for hav­ing us, and se­condly we needed to know what ex­actly we should be do­ing and where should we start.

“I don’t want to come like an Amer­i­can into La­gos and say; hey! I am a doc­tor; I am here to fix your home. That will be dis­re­spect­ful, but rather, we are here to work to­gether, and we need you to tell us what you need, and we need you to be in front of the con­ver­sa­tion. Lead us to help you.

“So we are do­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tion not to tell any­one what to do, but to aid them in do­ing what they are do­ing. We are in part­ner­ship with the United Na­tions, and their em­bassy, and they have asked us to come here. But we would be for­mal­is­ing part­ner­ships mov­ing hence­forth, now that we un­der­stand some ground work of what to do.

“We are look­ing for­ward to for­malise part­ner­ships with noth­ing less than 25 part­ners from community based or­gan­i­sa­tions that are in line with what we are try­ing to do, and em­power them to con­tinue do­ing what they are do­ing.”

L-R: CEO, TJS Oil and Gas Ltd, Dr. Em­manuel Paddy Iyamu; CEO, The Made Man Foun­da­tion, Dr. Ky Dele, and MD/CEO Aliens­me­dia Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Segun Awosanya, at the event

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