A non-governmental organization, A Mother’s Love Initiative, AMLi, has advocated the adoption and official recognition of March 4 as Annual Son’s Day in Nigeria and other African Countries to ensure the well being of the boy-child.
The Annual Son’s Day, is mostly celebrated in the Western world.
The Executive Director of the NGO, Mrs Hanatu Enwemadu, made the call in Ikeja at an interactive session with newsmen
tagged “Recommitting to Fatherhood”.
to herald her Organisation’s activities to create awareness on the need to raise a responsible boy-child and celebrate fathers.
Mrs Enwemadu who said there was need for affirmative actions to improve the wellbeing of the boy child, noted that a well balanced boy child today will turn out to become a well groomed gentleman tomorrow.
She observed that there are so many concentration on the girl child in the society, a situation which she said had had led to the neglect of the boy child physically, morally, mentally and psychologically, thereby leading to increase in crime and other social vices in the society.
“We are encouraging our governments to please adopt this day, it is something that we really need to do for the future of this Country, for the future of Africa and for our peace of mind” she advocated
She said from today, her NGO will start receiving a reflective Essay on the Importance of Father-Son Relationship from the lens of the Boy- Child, till the 20th of April.
Mrs Enwemadu who announced that the essay competition is classified into two categories listed the first category as open to boys in Senior Secondary School 1 to 3 and the second for undergraduates across all States of the Country said
Urging boys and young adult male interested in the competition to submit their essays to firstname.lastname@example.org, she said a laptop would be given out as the first prize in each categories, while second place winners will get an ipad each and third place winners will go home with a smart phone each.
Mrs Enwemadu implored fathers, male family members, and political leaders to exhibit appropriate behaviours, moral and ideals worth emulating by the boy-child.
She called on other NGOs and Civil Society Organisations to join hands with AMLi to change the narrative on the boy child with a viewing to breeding good leaders of tomorrow
Some veterans in the entertainment industry who were at the event, including Mr Segun Arinze Mr Jude Chukwuka and Mr Nobert Young also advocated that equal attention should be paid to both genders’ wellbeing for a balanced and morally upright society.
The theme of this year’s Annual Son’s Day celebration is: “The Boy-Child in Africa: Thriving or Surviving?