In our continous bid to raise autism awareness and funds for the proposed permanent site building, the Zamarr Institute celebrated its fifth Anniversary on Friday, December 2, 2011. Nigeria’s premier bank, First Bank of Nigeria Plc partnered with the Zamarr Institute making the event a reality. The event was glamorous showcasing talented children with various degree of Autism.
The dinner was graced by various dignitaries, parents and well wishers. In attendance was the Guest of Honor, Her Excellency, Hajiya Amina Mohammed Sambo, the Wife of the Vice President represented by Mrs. Oluyemesi Akinwumi wife of the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources. Mallam Lamido Sanusi the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria represented by Mohammed A. Yakasai. The Minister of Women Affairs was also fully represented at the dinner.
The dinner was filled with series of events lined up for the evening. The audience was enlightened with a short play depicting the ordeal of parents living with Autism which was quite revealing to the guests. They were able to appreciate the purpose of the dinner.
Mrs. Akinwumi, the Representative of the wife of the Vice President at the dinner read the speech of Her Excellency Hajiya Amina Mohammed Sambo. In her speech she commended the Zamarr Institute for the worthy cause it has done in the rehabilitation of children suffering from autism. She also stated that autism is long overdue especially for those victims and their families who have been undiagnosed, misunderstood and are everywhere looking for help. She encouraged everyone to STAND UP FOR AUTISM.Special performances where rendered to spice up the evening as the dinner unfolded into the night. The children of the Zamarr Institute performed with Di’Ja a US based artist and afterwards rendered a special song.
A Child Psychiatrist Dr. Anette Amodu based in the UK and also a Consultant with the Zamarr Institute gave a short presentation on the autism spectrum disorders at the dinner which was very informative
Other Nigerian artists at the dinner were Brymo, and Lindsey who rendered beautiful performances while the guest enjoyed their lovely dinner.
One of the major event of the dinner was the formal investiture of the TZI 2011 Autism Ambassadors to be the face/voice for autism awareness in Nigeria. Those nominated for TZI 2011 Autism Ambassadors were M.I., Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Joke Silva, Mrs. Tosin Dokpesi, Sen. Khairat Abdul Rasaq Gwadabe, Hon. Khadija B. A. Ibrahim, Tony Uranta, Amb. I. J. Sagay, Ms. J. Ibrahim, Funke Adedoyin and Ice Prince
As the night progressed the MC announced the cutting of the cake marking the fifth anniversary of the Institute. The cutting of the cake was done by the founder with the special children of the Zamarr Institute. The dinner came to an end at about 11:30pm