Ex-Big Brother Naija Housemate in the just concluded Season 4 edition, Esther Agunbiade has been unveiled as Project Enable Africa Ambassador, a non-profit initiative with primary focus on empowerment of persons with disabilities.
Mr. Olusola Owonikoko, Project Director of the initiative announced this recently when Esther Agunbiade visited the Inclusion Hub, a digital hub for Persons Living With Disabilities.
Giving details at the unveiling of Esther Agunbiade as a disability champion and ambassador, at the Inclusion Hub, in Surulere, Owonikoko made it known that the Inclusion Hub, which is the first tech hub for persons with disabilities in Nigeria is happy to have Esther Agunbiade lead the advocacy for social and digital inclusion for PWDs.
“We are happy and excited to have Esther join prominent Nigerians who are dedicated to see that persons living with disability live beyond the stereotype, deprivation and discrimination that they daily succumb to. We have a target to reach out to 100 million Nigerians with increased knowledge and understanding of the Nigerian Disability ACT and its legal provisions, and that prompted the #FollowDISACT campaign we launched in September.”
Further explaining detailsof the campaign, Owonikoko said the project was designed with the aim of monitoring, tracking, reporting and driving the implementation of the newly assented Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Bill, 2018.
Esther, while addressing Project Enable Africa Fellows who are presently undergoing digital marketing and Web design training classes at the Inclusion Hub, admonished them that the community of PWDs have all her support and that she would use her media reach to advance their cause, stating that she has always been passionate about them and she is happy to know that the young and vibrant people at Project Enable have taken the advocacy further by putting structures in place to empower PWDs with digital trainings and internship opportunities.
She added that followers of the BBNaija show can attest that she didn’t have it cool with one of the housemates when she described mentally challenged people as imbecile.
“We all have a role to play in making life better for this marginalized group of persons and it start with addressing them properly and also taking them into considerations in our thoughts, processes, structures, policies and programs,” She further explained.