And in other to help Nigeria’s future leaders chart the right path to self sustenance and a wholesome future, Nollywood veteran actor and national icon, Kanayo O Kanayo has started a foundation dedicated to shaping the right future for Nigeria’s young generation.
Accrding to Kanayo, popularly called KOK, the foundation called the Kanayo O Kanayo Mentoring Academy, is meant to provide thr right mentorship to young people, steering them to thier dreams and making sure they do not derail.
Kanayo also disclosed that it was his own way of giving back to the society that give him the opportunity to emerge as a beloved star of the silverscreen.
The four cardinal objectives of the academy, he stated, would be to “change youth’s orientation to life through attitudinal moulding, help raise better citizens for the future, help them to rediscover their potentials and excel in life and benefit them via the provision of free educational materials to support their studies”.
According to him, “Today marks another historic day in my life as I formally make public my longtime dream to give back to the society having also received so much from the society.
This longtime ambition to give back to society is what has given birth to Kanayo O. Kanayo Mentoring Academy (KOKMA). KOKMA is about mentoring young ones – the youths, young adults, the generation X and Y who constitute about 40 per cent of our population, who, unfortunately, are under-privileged or have been negatively influenced with wrong orientation and therefore may have lost hope in themselves and the future. Incidentally, majority of these categories of young people fall within the secondary school cadre and other institutions”.
He explained the key message of his foundation, letting them “know that they can be whatever they desire to be in life. Therefore, they must be guided not to allow any circumstances to limit their desire to excel in life. This also requires that they must take their education very seriously as the stepping stone and one of the key prerequisites toward achieving their dream in life”.
KOK cited the instance of the poor scores recorded yearly in national examinations as indication that young people were experiencing difficulties, adding, “With the nose-diving national economy and society’s value system perilously tilting to the negative, our youths truly need a sense of direction via mentoring. Youth unemployment, which can never be over-emphasised, is another cankerworm that requires the attention of the intensive care unit of the government and private sector”.
Present at the launching were Dr. Max Uba, Alozie Nwokoro, Mrs. Nkiru Umeh, Lawrence Ani, KOK’s son, Montel Onyekwere Kanayo, Mr. Tim Alao who chaired the event, Mr. Declan Opaleke among others. Sienna Allwell-Brown and former PDP chairman, Adamu Mu’azu are in the governing board of the foundation.