The New Year may have began sadly for us at Sesor with news of the 02 January Benue attacks but it certainly ended on a happy and hopeful note! Read on for our third piece of GREATLY INSPIRING NEWS…

On Friday January 5, 15-year old Taslim Salaudeen,  donated N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) to support internally displaced persons! YES! You read it right!! N500K – funds he raised himself from friends and family!! To hear more about what got him to do this, see the video above.

Taslim says he was inspired to take action after he felt that the government should do more to provide for the displaced.  Speaking to Sesor’s intern, Olamide Osunsina (who also happens to be an alumna of Taslim’s school), Taslim explained that he was doing some research on displaced persons in the country when his father suggested that he donate to them.  He then went on to fund raise for the displaced in order to meet their needs, stating that “it will be of great benefit to the nation”. INDEED!

Accepting the donation on behalf of Sesor, Ms Osunsina thanked Taslim for his inspiring gift. She said, “This will definitely be impactful and will go a long way. Thank you very much!

Sesor’s Intern, Olamide Osunsina receiving the donation from Taslim Salaudeen, on behalf of Sesor

We are inspired by Taslim’s amazing example and even more determined to continue to support internally displaced persons.

Not sure how you can help? Or overwhelmed by the over 1.7 million displaced in Nigeria? We can all draw inspiration from Taslim and do our bit!

Contact us at info@sesorafrica.org if you would like some ideas AND remember that TOGETHER WE WILL REPAIR!



To support the over 80,000 currently displaced in Benue please, donate to STANBICIBTC ACCT – 0002888203 or GTB ACCT – 0170089727 (if you have a Naira account) or click on http://www.sesorafrica.org/i-would-like-to-donate/ if you are outside Nigeria.





Two days before we closed out for the year 2017, Coca-Cola Nigeria partnered with Sesor to provide 51 micro business kits worth N3,000,000 (three million naira) to enhance the livelihood of 51 women, as part of their 5by20 initiative – the company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020.

The micro-business kits (each kit consisting of a cooler, a cooler carrier, a parasol and 5 crates of soft drinks) were distributed to the women at our office, on Tuesday 19 December, after a 1-day business management training session organized by Coca-Cola for them on Monday 18 December. The soft drinks were delivered to the women on Wednesday December 20.

Speaking on behalf of Coca-Cola at the event, Emeka Mba, the Community Affairs Manager, congratulated the women saying, “Women are blessed with the gift to multitask when it comes to trading and that’s why we have decided to provide you these products to sell in addition to your other businesses. Well done.”

In appreciation, Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, said, “We are very excited about this partnership as it has created an opportunity for the women to grow and become more self-dependent.”

A spokesperson for the women, Madam Veronica, thanked Coca-Cola on behalf of the women saying, “Thank you very much. God bless you for what you have done for us. We are also very grateful to Sesor for always bringing people like you to help us all the time. Thank you all very much.”


Coca-Cola Sales Trainer, Steve Alawode, leading the management training while Madam Veronica interprets in Hausa
L-R: Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Coca-Cola’s Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Amaka Onyemelukwe and the Community Affairs Manager, Emeka Mba as he addresses the women
Sesor team and the Coca-Cola team with the very happy women
The women during the training


More good news to come..



The new year has been a mixed bag of the good, the bad, the ugly, and then, some more good for us at Sesor.

First, the bad and the ugly:

On January 2, Nigerians woke up to the news of militant herdsmen attacks in Benue that left 73 people dead and over 60,000 displaced. There have been 2 more attacks since then and Sesor has been in Benue to assess the situation. More on this in the next few days; we will be needing your support more than ever before. Thank you in advance!

And now, the good news! Just before the holidays, Microsoft Corporation donated hardware (notebooks, tablets and an android phone) worth $4,400 to support our work and Sesor received the donations on Friday December 15, 2017 in Microsoft’s Lagos office.

While making the donation, Microsoft Philanthropies President, Mary Snapp, said:
“At Microsoft, we believe technology can do amazing things. That’s why we partner with thousands of organizations like yours around the world to help each one achieve its mission. Through Microsoft Philanthropies, we provide technology tools, training and resources that can help create opportunities and transform communities.”

In appreciation, Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, said;
“This is our 2nd year of partnership with Microsoft and we are extremely pleased to see that they are attuned to the needs of their civil society partners. When we first received a software donation in 2016, we noted that software without hardware will only go so far in aiding our work. They heard us and here we are today. We thank the Microsoft Citizenship team and Microsoft as a whole for these devices which will go a long way in enhancing our relief work with survivors of emergencies.”

Sesor’s Programme Officer, Nancy Ogwah, receiving the donation from Microsoft’s Communications Lead, Yemi Orimolade


Stay tuned for more good news…



Mr Macaulay with the women and the Sesor Programme team


On Friday December 1, the International Church of Christ (ICOC) Lagos, visited our office to donate food items to our women & their families. Mr Kofo Macaulay presented the items to the women on behalf of ICOC. They gladly received the items which included rice, beans, cooking oil & tomato paste.
Addressing the women at the event on behalf of ICOC, Mr Macaulay welcomed the women saying: “We have heard stories about your struggle and your unwavering resilience and we are very happy to give you these items to support your families.”
In appreciation, Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver said, “It gives us great joy to see that our work with these survivors is always appreciated through various supports. We will keep up the good work and hope to solicit more support to impact more lives. Thank you so much for your support.”
The women were not left out in showing their appreciation as their spokesperson, Hajia Karo, said “Thank you very very much for helping us. May God bless you all. Mun-go-de (‘WE ARE GRATEFUL’ in Hausa).

Mr Macaulay presenting the donated materials to the women



Last week, our Charity Walk-a-thon partner (remember the Walk on October 1?!), Fieldco Limited, donated the sum of N350,000 towards supporting victims of the August Benue flood. As part of their corporate social responsibility, Fieldco organizes an annual charity walk-a-thon event on every October 1st which aims to cater to identified needs and impact the lives of the less-privileged who have very few options to surmount real challenges. This year, their selected beneficiaries are the Benue flood victims.
We are absolutely delighted about the donation as the funds will be used to support our work rehabilitating victims of the flood within the first quarter of 2018.


And finally…help us close the year in a spectacular way!!

We would like to have a Christmas party for our women & the children of the women this Friday 15 Dec 2017 BUT we need your support!

As we wrap up activities for the year, what better way to celebrate a productive year and appreciate these young survivors than a party with lots of gifts, games, dance and laughter?
Help us make it happen. We already have some money for some toys to give as gifts. We need cash for food, drinks etc. Please donate to our GTB A/C 0170089727.
Thank you



Sesor and the Benue We Deserve Foundation (BenDeF), congratulate our partner Amb. David Adjarho Obaro, also known as World Wrapper Man, for the successful completion of his 40-day Lagos-to-Benue Charity Ultra-marathon. The ultra-marathon was completed on Saturday November 25 in Makurdi. Upon his arrival in Makurdi, he was warmly received by the Commissioner of Water Resources & Environment, Engr. Dr. Terlumun Utsev; representatives from Benue State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sesor and BenDeF. The Benue people also turned out in colourful attire to welcome him to the Food Basket capital.

As part of activities to mark the completion of the ultra-marathon and this phase of our partnership, Sesor, BenDeF and World Wrapper Man visited two communities on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. The two communities, Kighir and Achusa, were among those flooded in August 2017 where approximately 800 households (452 in Kighir and 348 in Achusa) were affected.

During the visit, BenDeF and Sesor donated relief items of food, clothes, shoes, bags, mosquito nets and protective footwear valued at over N550,000.00 (Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only). This visit was also supported by Sesor partners, staff of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Thandos Shoes Limited.

The Charity Ultra-marathon of about 900 km, raised One Million steps that will be sold for One US Dollar (USD 1) or Three Hundred and Sixty Naira (NGN360) per step. The money realized will be used to economically empower as many as possible as those affected by the floods. So far, steps to the tune of N14,000 (Fourteen Thousand Naira) have been bought through Sesor’s dedicated account for the ultra-marathon. Sesor will continue accepting donations for the ultra-marathon until 31 December 2017. The funds raised will be utilized for empowerment interventions for some affected flood victims. Donations and steps can be bought through Sesor FCMB Account 3758767024.

The Benue Commissioner of Water Resources & Environment, Engr. Dr. Terlumun Utsev; Benue SEMA representative, Mr Emmanuel Shior; Sesor Programme Officer (Benue Liaison office) Trace Ahe and some Makurdi natives with World Wrapper Man as he makes his way into Makurdi town to complete his final steps


The Commissioner of Water Resources & Environment, Engr. Dr. Terlumun Utsev officially welcoming World Wrapper Man to the Food Basket capital



World Wrapper Man in a church in Achusa community


Some of the relief items donated in the church for the people


L-R: The church Priest, BenDef representatives (in green shirts); Sesor Programme Officer (Benue) and some church officials


World Wrapper Man with BENDEF & Sesor representatives at Kighir community


Some of the items donated in Kirghir community

Once again, we congratulate World Wrapper Man on the successful completion of the charity ultra-marathon and look forward to working together to improve the lives of the Benue people.


On Wednesday 25 October at Freedom Park, Sesor’s Day of the Survivor came! And it was a celebration.

51 women displaced by conflict received micro- funds (N30,000 for 42 women; 9 women had previously received N40,000 to reinvest in their micro businesses) for their businesses and gifts as Sesor and its partners celebrated the resilient spirit of the women and their courage as they seek to rebuild their lives.

Sesor’s supporters and partners got to hear first hand the women’s stories of displacement & survival. Tears flowed freely and hugs were exchanged as the women and guests interacted. Sesor gave special gifts to 9 women who had passed through the first phase of its business empowerment programme.

Sesor also celebrated the sponsors of programme – Grooming Centre and Greensprings School and lauded their contributions to the cause of IDPs in Nigeria.

Sesor also especially recognised other corporate partners present for their support for Sesor’s work with IDPs, namely; Africa Radio Drama Association (ARDA), Ice Cream FactoryInspiration FMRadi8 LimitedRuyi Communications & Sabinews.
Other individuals who had contributed significantly to building Sesor were also recognised at the event.

More pictures here:

Sesor’s Executive Director giving the welcome address


Some of the women sharing their harrowing experiences during the Survivor Talk moment


Some of Sesor’s partners present


Sesor’s ED with Greensprings School represented by the secondary school Principal, Mrs Magdalene Okrikri, Chairperson for Charity Committee, Mr Denis Igodifo, staff and students of the school



The Sesor team and the excited women showing off their gift bags at the close of the event


Greensprings School marked Nigeria’s Independence Weekend with fun, culture and uncommon generosity from the school’s students, parents and board. They donated N2m to Sesor to support displaced women and their families. The presentation was made at the school’s National Day after a culturally rich variety show by the school’s talented students featuring poetry, dance, Nigerian fashion & drama.

Secondary school student’s performance
Pre-school performance
Elementary performance

Helen Brocklesby, Head of School, Anthony Campus, said the funds were raised mainly by the students efforts and would not only enhance the women’s businesses but would help them look after their families.

Mrs Lai Koiki, Executive Director, presented the cheque to Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Sesor’s Executive Director, in the presence and expressed their support for Sesor’s work with the displaced. Ier Jonathan-Ichaver thanked the school for their kind donation, saying the funds would make a difference in the lives of the women and their families. She stated that the school would receive reports on the women’s progress and accepted the cheque on behalf of Sesor’s Board.

The day closed out with prayers and a buffet featuring food from various parts of Nigeria.

Helen Brocklesby, Head of School. addressing the parents and students present
Mrs Lai Koiki, Greensprings School Executive Director, presenting the cheque
Sesor’s Executive Director giving the introductory speech with Communications Officer, Jasmine Asekome
School representatives and Sesor team at the cutting of the Independence cake

Thank you to the Greensprings School Family for making a difference in the lives of the women we work with.

To support our programmes, kindly donate to our Sesor Empowerment Foundation StanbicIBTC Account 0002888203 or GTB A/C 0170089727



PwC’s representatives, Obioma Ubah, Delia Asuzu & Okemute Olatunji-Albert were at our office last week to make the donation on behalf of their colleagues. We, of course, were gladly on hand to accept the cheque.

Speaking at the presentation of the cheque, Ms Ubah, Partner at the professional services firm, said the partners and staff decided to make the donation for Benue Flood Victims after they saw the scale of damage floods in the last week of August had wrought in Benue.

Sesor’s Executive Director, Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, thanked the PwC team for their donation, stating that the funds would be used to support victims in as yet unreached rural communities outside the Makurdi metropolis that were also affected by the floods. A report will be made to PwC on the use of the funds.

Many communities in Benue State were flooded late August following heavy rains., leaving 110,000 people displaced and over 24 communities flooded. There is extensive damage and relief materials are yet to reach some communities outside the Makurdi metropolis.
Sesor and its partners continue to visit such affected communities, deliver relief materials and begin to assess medium to longer term measures for preventing future catastrophes.

L-R: Delia Asuzu, Senior Manager Clients and Markets Development, PwC; Obioma Ubah, Partner, PwC; Ier Jonathan-Ichaver, Sesor’s ED; Habiba Bakare, Account Officer, Sesor and Okemute Olatunji-Albert, Clients and Markets Development Executive


To support, kindly donate to our Sesor Empowerment Foundation GTB Account 0170089727 or our StanbicIBTC Account 0002888203.
If you are outside Nigeria, visit our website and donate via PayPal.

Leading real estate firm, Fieldco Limited, has selected Sesor as its Charity Partner for the 2017 edition of its Annual Charity Walk. The beneficiaries for this year are the Benue flood victims.
Sesor and friends will be joining in. Please join us on Monday 02 October 2017.

Muster Point: Rebecca Court, Banana Island, Ikoyi.
Time: 8:00AM – 11:00AM
Distance: 5KM


Registration for the event is N 3000.00 and all proceeds will go towards the cause.

To register, please click on the link below and look out for our updates and blasts about the Walk next week!



Benue Flood Emergency Update

Sesor #1 – 02 Sep 2017