“This thing we call life is very difficult. If you cannot make it easier for the next person, please, don’t make it harder.”
In what way are you making life easier for other people? “I organized a reality singing competition for orphanages around the country.”
What made you come up with this idea? “I am an engineer and a filmmaker. My first film, ‘Nnenda’ was about the experiences of orphans in Africa. We took a tour of orphanages in Nigeria after shooting the film. One thing I always noticed was that whenever you visit, the children will come out to sing to you. So, music seemed like a natural way to get the orphanages involved in a competition. We gave out over N20 million in prize money to the top eight orphanages. That money has gone a long way to help improve their infrastructure and welfare.”
“Orphans are not the architects of their plight. They are victims of life’s unfortunate circumstances. That makes them our responsibility.”
What is your mantra? “Loyalty is rare very rare, if you find it, keep it.”
Diamonds, like Adonijah, are also very rare.
Adonijah Owiriwa organized the first reality singing competition for orphanages, “Melody Shelters”. He is an example of how each of us can make life better for the next person. His story, and those of other compassionate Nigerians can be seen on “Naija Diamonds” every Saturday at 20:30 CVAT (19:30 WAT) only on EbonyLife TV, DStv channel 165.
To support Adonijah and Melody Shelters upcoming projects, contact him through :
4b Eleme Street, Old GRA, Port Harcourt, River State.