The recent floods have been one of the worst natural disasters to hit Nigeria. We at Mavin, like so many others, read the papers, watched the news but we did so from the relative comfort of our homes. This week, in collaboration with Genevieve Nnaji’s Reach Out project, we decided to take action.
On Monday Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Dr.Sid and other members of the Mavin family decided to visit Asaba, one of the areas worst hit by the ravaging waters. It was to be a visit none of them would ever forget.
Don Jazzy described the scenes as some of the most heartfelt he had ever witnessed.
“It is like watching everything you have ever worked for in your life disappear in a minute,” the Mavin CEO said. “How does one start afresh? I don’t even mean material things, I am talking about lost lives.”
The Mavin family visited two refugee camps during their one-night stay in Asaba and Dr. Sid said he was almost moved to tears by some of the scenes he saw.
“Despair, everywhere you turned. Storey buildings submerged in parts. Things people have built for years just washed away,” he said.
The refugee camps were littered with the vulnerable –old and young – lost and in need of supplies, support and loved ones. In spite of the palpable hardships, the Mavins were welcomed with joy and open arms.
“I saw a mother breast feeding two kids at the same time,” Don Jazzy said. “I was almost in tears when I was told that one of the children is not even hers. She was doing that to save the child’s life because the child lost her mother in the flood.”
With thousands of people displaced and still missing, Don Jazzy called for more Nigerians to sit up, take notice and lend support.
“We only seem to act concerned when situations affect our immediate relatives,” Don Jazzy lamented “We cry for help only when we are affected directly.
“This is a cry out for everyone to help in any way they can. Not just money, everything is needed in the situation. Even gifts like tissue paper, clothes, mosquito nets, bottled water would go a very long way.”
Here at Mavin, our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the thousands of fellow citizens affected by the floods. Please join us in contributing in any way you can.