International African speaking drummer Aralola Olamuyiwa has told how she lost everything after giving up her “Eko inspire me project”.
Ara, as she is fondly called, said she was homeless and hopeless in 2019 after selling her four cars and moving out of her house.
She said this on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, alongside beneficiaries of her project.
The talking drummer said, “Eko Inspire me is an initiative to give hope to Lagosians who have been living in darkness and exposed to negative influences.”
She further explained that the initiative started 10 years ago. However, she said, she became frustrated and abandoned the project in 2019 for financial reasons. She had to sell her property, which led to her becoming homeless, she said.
“I was hopeless and homeless, I lost everything, and it was someone who gave me a room in a hotel where I slept with my son for a year. I had nothing and had to wait for kitchen food to survive.
“When people gave me a sign like N15,000, it seemed like millions. It was really terrible.
“It was my late mother who came to my rescue, prayed for me and got me a car. After COVID -19, I started afresh and I am grateful to the governor for believing and supporting this project ‘Eko inspire me’.”
She explained that her project aims to take drug addicts and illiterates off the streets of Lagos, and that the initiative will employ and empower those who are taken off the streets.
She said, “Many of them were not born that way, they were victims of circumstances. Our initiative will bridge the gap and give hope to these people on the streets of Lagos.
“We will hold auditions where we will discover new talents and support them to become something great.”
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended the entertainer for his initiative that could help the government reach out to the less privileged on the streets. He described Ara as someone who has changed the face of the creative industry.
The governor also agreed to work with the talking drummer to ensure that more people on the streets benefit from the project.
He said, “My job is to make the lives of my citizens easy and enjoyable. Ara is fulfilling part of our duties and we will support them to ensure that many people are taken off the streets.”