A Nigerian Princess, Modupe Ozolua of Benin Empire, wishes to offer her total support to victims and survival of Boko Haram terrorists by raising awareness and money to assist displaced victims at her inaugural “Rise Above Terror” African Art Gala at the Besharat Gallery on Saturday in Atlanta.
The Associated Press report says it pains the Princess every time she hears about suicide bombings, killings and kidnappings by Boko Haram in her ancestral homeland. Her realization of how aftermaths of the attacks goes unheard propelled the Nigerian Princess who does not want the victims to be neglected, into action.
“When people hear about Boko Haram, you think about ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ only, but it’s much bigger than that,”
“Figures are being thrown around about how many people are being killed. It’s bigger than that. There are millions of people who have survived these attacks, seeing their families killed in front of them. Their lives are completely traumatized. Nobody is giving much attention to them. Our focus is on them. They should be assisted.”
Princess Ozolua is an American cosmetic surgery philanthropist, who has brought aid to victims in Africa since she started her nonprofit foundation, Empower 54, in 2003. But this is first time she is holding the fundraiser in the United States, calling it a “coming out party.”
The fun raising gala will be co-host by Hollywood actress Kat Graham. Graham, who is of Liberian descent, said:
“It’s my privilege to join Empower 54 and help internally displaced persons in northeast Nigeria.”
“The horrors of IDPs losing their loved one’s possessions and rendered helpless does not make them hopeless.”
Ozolua has every intention of giving underprivileged children in Nigeria a chance at a better life. Her event in Niger last year raised $100.000. She hopes the gala on Saturday, April 30, can bring in more than $400.000. Ozolua said:
“A lot of the children there are resentful and hurt.”
“If we do not start giving them a reason to have self-worth, and get past this hurt, then someone will give them another direction to point to. Money will be applied to those camps. We have to continue to rebuild schools and provide books so they can have something positive.”
Although the Nigerian Princess does not have official sponsors, she has several partners for the event including the city of Atlanta, the Andrew Young Foundation and the Nigeria High Consulate in the city.