by Oge Okonkwo
Following a landmark endorsement by the United Nations, Generational Voices (GenVoices), the project-driven platform to harness the offline and online energy of young Nigerians for practical efforts towards nation building, has unveiled other details for the historic 100,000 Voices Telethon to be hosted by host station, Channels Television from 10am – 1pm on Saturday, 18 January.
“We are excited to announce that Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment Network, EbonyLife TV will be airing the broadcast live as well, working through Channels Television,” said Naomi Lucas, who is Project Manager. “They will be joined by the preferred station for young people in Nigeria, Beat FM, which will also be broadcasting the event live.”
With this, the GenVoices Telethon will be broadcast across Nigeria through Channels Television and to at least 22 African countries through DSTV’s EbonyLife TV – reaching at least 25 million across the continent and the Diaspora through the internet.
30 chapters of GenVoices will also join the broadcast live across the six geo-political zones as well as 10 country chapters of GenVoices, with Channels Television also broadcasting live from the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja. YouTube, Google+, Online Streaming, Tweets and Facebook posts will be flooded with our “Ready To Lead, Ready To Serve” message. During the programme, we would receive live correspondence from the over 30 GenVoices Chapters in the United Kingdom, Cyrpus, Texas, New York, Washington DC, Canada, Spain, Ghana and the six geopolitical zones across Nigeria.
Some of Nigeria’s most respected leaders have also been unveiled to make generational statements at the telethon – they include the chairman of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; Nigeria’s former High Commission to the United Kingdom, Christopher Kolade; Chief Executive of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu; Chief Executive of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq, agriculture entrepreneur and The Future Awards Africa Young Person of the Year 2011, Nnaemeka Ikwegwuonu; actress and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, amongst others.
“We are very excited to begin the countdown to 10am Saturday,” said Alkassim Abdulkadir, who is with the coalition. “A generation is about to speak – and take charge of the Social, Technological, Economic and Governance sectors of our society. It’s about time.”