Humans First- The Story of Ita Faaji

The call for donations in the wake of the disaster

Life offers no guarantees to anyone; good and bad things happen to everyone at some point in their lives irrespective of their status. On March 13th 2019, we awoke to the rude shock of the news that a three storey building had collapsed somewhere in Lagos Island precisely Ita Faaji. The sad news hit home more when we read that about 18 people died, scores homeless and stranded. 

With the families on what used to be their homes

With fear and trepidation, a lot of people wondered what they could do to help. Help is good but well-coordinated help makes more impact. 

Rubble after the houses and school collapsed

Health Hub Africa

I was elated to see a group of health professionals come together and galvanize the public into action. I am proud to say I belong to that group. The group is made of forward thinking young health professionals from every sector of the healthcare space and trying to solve the Nigerian healthcare puzzle one piece at a time. 

From the social media drive and campaign, the Hub together with Heal for Africa realized the sum of N1,049,800. This was excluding other donations that came in kind including wheelchair, crutches, soap, indomie cartons among others. 

Health Hub members with the relief materials for the community

From this amount, the sum of N482,200 was spent on providing support for Ita Faji victims. Support ranged from payment of medical bills, cash relief to some victims, purchase and donation of medical consumables to some of the hospitals that were involved in treating the victims. 

There was continued support of victims until most of the victims were discharged from the different hospitals. 


Fast forward to December 2019, along came a spider named COVID 19 in faraway Wuhan, China, and the spider arrived Nigeria February 28th, 2020. There was a glaring need to support our healthcare facilities especially those working in the front lines. They needed to be adequately protected against this new virus that no one currently understood because there was little knowledge about it. 

After consultations with stakeholders, Health Hub Africa, we identified four facilities namely:

▪ General hospital, Gbagada, Lagos 

▪ Oyo Isolation Centre, Ibadan 

▪ FCT Isolation Centre, Abuja 

▪ Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH),Zaria. 

The balance of N567,684 was spent to buy PPEs for these facilities to be distributed equally which also included items like facemasks, gloves, hand sanitizers, shoe covers, hair covers among others were purchased for healthcare workers in these facilities. 

What lies ahead?

I am definitely full of optimism of what the future holds. Things will get better in Nigeria for Nigerians if only we all play our parts from our leaders down to the citizens. I am glad that a group like Health Hub Africa exists and taking leaps on stride at a time. 

They remind me that after all said and done, we are humans first above all. 

Written by

Dr Ronald Ikpe (MBBS, MSc)



My Family

Where else can you be loved and adored?

Where else can you be treated as an equal?

Who else will hold you in high esteem?

Who else will care for you no matter what?

What else can you ask for?

J’aime ma famille.

Mo feran ebi mi.

I love my family.


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This is the product of a 5-minute brainstorm on creativity. It was sent in by a high school student who is a budding writer.

True Love

This is a thought-provoking poem by a young writer named Tia
* * *

Love takes a long time to grow
True love is patient

Love has its conditions,circumstances and situations
True love is understanding

Love has its ups and downs
True love endures

Love is decisive
True love makes the right choices

Love is demanding
True love is selfless

Love is full of expectations
True love satisfies

Love has its bouts of betrayal and distrust
True love is forgiving

Love is special
True love is unique

Love is good
True love is the best

Love is affected by distance,dilemma and background
True love stands the test of time

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Sometimes destiny doesn’t allow us to be with those we love.
But true love gives us the fortitude to let go and keep them in our hearts forever…

– Tia

Her strange aura sets you at ease
Whether it is Maryam, Adeola or Maryama
You are left puzzled at what kinda being she is

No fragrance
Her essence defies presence
With a magnitude so hugely dense
You can hardly make an explainable sense

No touch
To her you connect
Beyond reach
Her effects glowingly reflect

You realise, what touches you more
Is her essence
What you value more
Is her presence

A woman of uncommon substance
You bet she’s also of principles
But at that, she’s got a smile for everyone at every instance
She got eyes that give you that sparkle

To describe her best
You’d find words endless
From Noble, Reliable and Honest
To Strong, Different and Relentless

The love she gives 
Would beat yours hands down
The life she lives
Is hardly for her alone

What’s more amazing
Is that of all that seem so obvious
She finds least pleasing
Preferring to stay humble and oblivious
Truth is, between me and her
There’s no other friendship more genuine
Infact, I become yOumissher
When she’s not in the scene


sent in

Well…how do y’all ‘bloggists’ start? :s

Er…okay ‘blog’ by anonymous; sounds cool right

Anyways lemme get on with it… This is totally random. Imma be writing as it comes so bear with the ‘cool story’. J

I’m  gonna be writing a story of one person with split personalities (yup. They exist).

I have names for both personalities; Larry ❤ :*  and Wake.

To be honest, I don’t believe the whole split personality business .I just believe personality 1 was all a farce. When u’re done, kindly lemme know what you think J (please don’t sleep)

I met Miss Split Personalities in 2010 and it was love at first sight 😀 (I swear I’m straight)….the kinda music she was listening to gave me

Impression 1;  that bitch weird (+300 cool points. I love weirdos) and I’m like ‘you listen to this nigga?’ I can’t remember her reply but it made me laugh!

Impression 2; she’s funny! (head over heels already). She was really nice and friendly and I was determined to make her a good friend (I practically famzed her… smh). After some 2/3 weeks she fell ill and I kinda helped, then we started getting close. 😀 😀 (pause! What does random mean again?)

We started gisting a lot and doing things together a lot and it was really romantic. 😀 (I’m straight se!) I loved my new friend. We had our first fight in late april 2010 (2wks after she made her braids) can’t remember the cause and we didn’t talk till the day she finally took off her braids (after  2 and half months..smh). I had to talk to her first! Kmt. Proud bitch. We got closer after this and we started telling each other EVERYTHING ( 2 innocent children, no bfs invoved. this was easy). She knew my passwords sef so what was I hiding?

 Then my birthday came and she got me the BEST  BIRTHDAY GIFT ever!  It made me understand what a ‘birthday gift’ actually is…. It is about the thought behind it and nothing else. She listened to me go on and on about how I wanted to get something so bad with just a smile on her face and gave it to me 12midnight on my birthday (freakin romantic right? okay am I straight?:s)

Sha sha , the session ended and we were given a very long break and she had to travel and everything>L…it was really sad. Communication wasn’t fresh as calling was a tad too expensive and her internet time was REALLY limited. But it still didn’t break us, she came back January 2011 and everything went back to normal.

February had us in school fighting stress and everything. In between it all lari ❤ :* had a boyfriend and became a twitter addict. it  was still cool and everything till some time in may/june. My friend became really moody and …… I really don’t know the word sorry. I found myself having to adjust to her mood swings and it just wasn’t fresh. I took my time to find out what exactly triggers this mood swings and I realized anytime her boyfriend passes some funny comments or does something funny on twitter, I get to bear the consequences. :(. it continued like this and somewhere……sometime….somehow along the line, my lari ❤ :*disappeared.


Wake came into my life. More sarcastic than funny, very judgemental , very condemning, secretive in a funny way and yeah still weird. Weird in this context meaning I just couldn’t place her. The sweetness in the beginning was nowhere to be found (pseudo). i Know I got y’all lost here but to be honest I do not know how personality 1 became personality 2. Our friendship became surface and somehow later, non-existent. we  sit down to talk about food, movies, things you’ll talk about with someone you meet at the airport. Private gists were awkward. And the one time I tried to confide in Wake….you really don’t wanna know what happened after. She’d never defend you when people are talking trash about you outside. I tried really hard to figure out what the problem was and this was what I came up with;

  1. Twitter- she has a lot of friends and there, she probably thought ‘having more online friends is better she can go to hell. J’ L
  2. Her boyfriend- I don’t think he really liked me. We kinda went back to being good after their break up till…..never mind
  3. She is a pretender. Pulled off an act for about a year and is now being herself.
  4. A case of ‘friend of all, friend to none’. I think there should be a difference between friends and close friends.
  5. Maybe my time expired.

Whatever it is sha it was really cool having lari ❤ :* in my life even though it was for a very short period.


Y’all can take off your winter coats now,

I’m done. 😀