The CEO of the M-ental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC) and founder of the first sustainable beach in Nigeria; Doyinsola Ogunye, was on the spotlight as BBC world was on deck to chronicle the altruistic love for mother nature shown by her and other members of the volunteer force.
Ijeoma Ndukwe of the BBC radio arrived at the Kids Beach Garden around 9:30am on the 5th of October 2017, brimming with so much enthusiasm and zest to meet with Doyinsola and other volunteer members who devoted their time and energy towards ridding the ocean of plastics and putting recyclables into effective use. Having exchanged acquaintances with her host and other volunteer force members present, she delved into obtaining a vivid account of what led to the initiative and how it all began.
Ijeoma further sought to know the source of motivation in each volunteer member present. The volunteer force was on deck as each section of the garden were covered and chronicled to the minutest detail. Enthralled by the passion and selflessness shown by the team, Ijeoma watched as they raked plastics and all sorts of debris. She equally felt fascinated with how wastes were segmented into recyclables and non-recyclables.
Pressing further, Ijeoma spoke with some of the kids who later stopped by in the day to contribute their own little quota towards keeping a green environment. Impressed and overwhelmed by their positive energy and orientation, Ijeoma took her time as well to lap the zephyr streaming from the ocean across the garden.
Amid her fascination, she was also privileged to meet with delegates from the Action Coronation Trust (ACT) foundation who were on ground to laud the milestones that had been reached through the dedication of Doyinsola and her volunteer force members.
To cap it all, Ijeoma and her BBC team were around on Friday, 6th of October as well to witness a full clean up session involving kids and young teenagers who all partook out of their volition. Finally, she had an exclusive interview with the Doyinsola Ogunye; discussing a broad range of issues from challenges to long-term plans and aspirations in doing more for the environment and humanity at large.
By Tolani Kadiri