The Christmas day festivities are long gone but we are still actively feeling its effect and impact. So are the 27 children who enjoyed quite a treat from the Boxing day tour organised by Project27 Africa, an NGO for kid in rural Africa.
Uncle Speed, President of the Project, took 27 Kids from AUD Primary School, Ibowon-Epe, Lagos, Nigeria on a FREE Tour to see the Largest and first-of-its-kind Offshore Vessel inNigeria – The Adessa Ocean King.
Before getting to the King’s ‘Palace’, Uncle Speed and the Kids made fun stop-overs at the Pedestrian Bridge just before the Admiralty Toll Plaza in Lekki just so the Kids could have ‘first-leg’ walk on the Bridge. The kids also visited fun places like the Silverbird Galleria in Victoria Island. With discounted tickets, the kids went in nine’s to see a 5D Cinema Flick. They were belted into rocking chairs. Wearing 3D Glasses, they soon discovered they were not only to see the flick but to feel it.
Reaching their destination in front of the Massive Ocean King which was launched July 1, 2013, the king ‘bowed’ in awe and excitement to His Majesty as it wobbled to and fro on its ‘throne’. Captain Taiwo Akinjide enlightened the Kids as they boarded and toured theCockpit, Cabins, Kitchen, Cold Room, Store, and other parts of the Vessel. The kids even climbed high on to the Heliport not only to see where Helicopters could land on the Vessel but to also catch scenic views of some parts of Victoria Island, some parts Eko Atlantic City, and some parts of Apapa Port.
Inside the ‘Mess’ of the King, the Kids were entertained and refreshed with cold soft drinks and an assortment of sweetened biscuits. And after they had seen enough of the Vessel, it was time to go and they waved the King goodbye. In the Tour Bus and on their way back to Ibowon, their hometown, the kids got exciting gifts which included: School Bags, New Sandals, Socks, Exercise Books, Pencils, Umbrellas, Mathematical Sets, Pens, Drawing Books, Crayons, Toothpastes, Toothbrushes, Toys, etc.
The Tour is the fourth since Project27 Africa began in 2012. According to the organizers, “Our goal is to take 27million Kids from Rural Africa on Free Education and Fun Tours by May 27, 2027. We just hit 108. We still have a long way to go.”