When I was a little girl, I’d flip through magazine pages, listen to the radio, and watch television in admiration. Staring at these celebrities and wishing to be like them when I grow up. As a child, my vision was limited because I admired things like a stylish outfit, a great dance move, or a resonant voice (these are not bad either), but as I got older, those things became secondary. Beyond charisma, celebrities that are unselfish, who think about others and how to use their platform to promote worthy causes are absolutely my favorite humans right now.

It’s one thing to be a celebrity, and it’s another thing to be impactful. This shouldn’t be mistaken for entitled fans who bully celebrities on social media, demanding giveaways as their birthright.

During this coronavirus pandemic, many have been downsized. They are currently unemployed, depression and anxiety rates are on the rise, and there’s no better time to spread love and remain united. It’s also safe to note that to be your brother’s keeper, one must strictly adhere to these;

Considering the challenges that 2020 brought and how we need to maintain a united front to fight this virus, many Nigerian celebrities are taking the lead by helping individuals stay afloat in these uncertain days. Hopefully, we all follow suit according to our pockets.

Nigerian celebrities are giving back to society, especially during the pandemic. There’s no greater beauty than to look beyond oneself. This further shows us that love is a universal language that breaks barriers and unites everyone irrespective of social status, religion, and ethnicity.

Unarguably, with great power comes great responsibility. It’s almost hypocritical to behold the glitz, glamour, stardom and ignore the hard work behind the scene. These stars are letting it all out without restraint from medical supplies, job opportunities, and cash gifts. Some would rather have giveaways on social media, crediting the bank accounts of random fans. In contrast, others undergo the stressful and satisfying process of sharing food items physically with the needy.

Nigerian celebrities are giving back to society; check out a few of them…

#1. Chika Ike

Beautiful Actress, Chika Ike, visited some orphanages during the lockdown, giving out bags of rice, noodles, and other food items. She obviously made their day and would remain in their hearts.

#2. Runtown

Runtown (Douglas Jack Agu), the sensational afrobeat singer who is ever ready to lend his voice, resources, and presence to transform society and his generation, has always been an example and a source of admiration to many. He pledged to donate the sum of 10 million Naira to his fans, to which he kept his words. Elated fans took to Twitter to share transaction screenshots and a vote of thanks.

#3. Folorunsho Alakija

Alakija might not be your regular ‘celebrity,’ but she’s one of Africa’s most influential and wealthiest women. This is one businesswoman who isn’t solely driven by profit maximization, as she donated 250 million Naira to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Lagos State Government each. To date, she’s still involved in philanthropy and is worthy of emulation.

#4. Banky W

Entertainer and Politician Bankole Wellington chose to head out into the streets, interacting and sharing food items with the poor and needy.

#5. I Go, Dye

Frank Agoda, an A-List Nigerian comedian, decided to take a different but well-meaning route as he donates his newly built mansion to the Benin state government as an isolation center for coronavirus patients. This was one move that got me teary and hopeful for humanity.

#6. Davido

Amiable musician David Adeleke has always been known for his positive vibe and energy. The singer took an applaudable step by channeling every penny made from his song—D&G to support the international fashion house Dolce & Gabbana’s Coronavirus Research Fund. This step was also inspired by his personal experience with the virus.

#7. Williams Uchemba

Before the pandemic, Child actor and social media comedian Williams has always taken to the streets to hand out cash gifts, foodstuff, and other essential items to the needy. He continued his good works during the pandemic. It didn’t come as a surprise to all, as he fed about 5,000 Nigerians during the pandemic.

#8. Tonto DIkeh

The controversial actress, Tonto Dikeh, might have been in the news for different reasons, but one thing she has consistently done is feeding beggars and paying the school fees of random students. This pandemic was no different as she donated sanitizers and food materials to thousands of Nigerians.

#9. Toyin Abraham

The actress revealed that she has funded a supplier with N100,000 to give out hand sanitizers to 100 people. As well as other donations to help support citizens during these challenging times.

#10. DJ Cuppy

Dj Cuppy, daughter of Nigerian billionaire—Mr. Femi Otedola is the opposite of what people think she’d be, typically because rich kids are usually snobs or perfect patties. Florence Otedola (Dj Cuppy) took to Instagram to announce a 50 million Naira donation to the COVID-19 response.

These are just a few that I handpicked from the sea of empathetic Nigerian celebrities giving back to society.

A wise woman once said, “It’s not only the rich who gives but the kind as well.” In other words, as the second wave of the coronavirus hits globally, we can choose to look out for one another in the simplest ways. This is the time to spread love, no matter how small. Share a meal with someone, give out what you can according to your capacity, put a call through to a loved one who might be going through challenges. Sometimes we look at celebrities and their significant donations and just wish to have that much to give.

A giver gives according to their capacity. It’s better to save and touch a life today than to wait for tomorrow, as uncertain as it is.

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  • Spicy ray is the founder of the site and has a passion for writing developed in early childhood. His goal as a writer is to provide readers with inspiration, dedication, motivation, and critical thinking skills. He has a solid commitment to allowing writers to share their stories from a variety of backgrounds. He enjoys reading non-fiction, having tarot card readings, going to movies, and watching boxing in his free time.

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Spicy ray is the founder of the site and has a passion for writing developed in early childhood. His goal as a writer is to provide readers with inspiration, dedication, motivation, and critical thinking skills. He has a solid commitment to allowing writers to share their stories from a variety of backgrounds. He enjoys reading non-fiction, having tarot card readings, going to movies, and watching boxing in his free time.

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