The Love and Pint Blood Drive was held at the Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, Lagos on Saturday July 28th, 2018. According to Joshua Okoduwa, the founder of Restructure Africa, the blood drive was organised to address the unavailability of blood in Nigerian blood banks and to promote the culture of voluntary blood donation amongst youths.
Apart from being a Blood Drive, Love and Pint was also a hangout. It took place in the relaxed ambience of the Muri Okunola park where everyone was encouraged to connect with new people through several activities such as board games, face paintings sessions and a mini art exhibition.
The 28th of July also happened to be World Hepatitis B Day. To commemorate the event, a representative from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital gave a brief talk where he acknowledged that early detection was key to combating the disease.
Guest artistes Skibii and CDQ were also in attendance and they played a game of charades with guests at the event. There were also performances by other upcoming artistes.
NigerianNGO was able to talk to some of the attendees about their experiences and expectations. Mr Olarenwaju Solanke, a 500-level medical student of Babcock University was a donor and a volunteer at the event. His expectations were to acquire knowledge that will help boost his medical career and expose him to what it might take to set up his health center. He donated blood and described the experience as normal and a bit ticklish. We also caught up with Miss Mosopefoluwa Okeowo. Having volunteered for Restructure Africa last year, she came again to support Restructure Africa because she saw it as a good opportunity to give back to the society.
NigerianNGO spoke to the founder and pioneer of this initiative, Joshua Okoduwa. When asked about how he started Restructure Africa, he replied that Restructure Africa was first inspired by God. The organization exists to promote access to education, health care and community development. In addition, the organization aims to change the African Narrative of poverty, corruption and sickness. According to Joshua, the organization also has projects in underserved communities in the states of Oyo, Lagos and Makurdi.
Blood is essential for the existence of any human being. There is no telling how many lives will be saved with the blood donated. We at NigerianNGO celebrate everyone at Restructure Africa for pulling off an amazingly successful event and we look forward to partnering with them in future projects and initiatives.