BY OMIKO AWA
RECENTLY Nigel Rapp, the agent for Laurent-Perrier in Nigeria and his partner, Chief Tunde Onakoya, backed by his manager, Emeka Nwankwo, held a cocktail party at the Petroleum Club, Ikoyi , Lagos, to thank the company’s existing patrons and to introduce more guests to the elegance of Grande Sceicle, the premier brand of Laurent Perrier as well as Cuvee Rose preferred by ladies.
Laurent Perrier being the first champagne house to produce ‘Pink Champagne’ showcased their lead in the market through their products, which came in various unique and sophisticated colours.
The event was also used to unveil grande Siecle Aiguiere, which could be likened to the modern day ice cubs or blocks as it keeps drink cool for as long as the bottle is on it.
Speaking at the event, elated Chief Onakoya thanked members of the club for allowing the club hall to be used as a venue and its numerous patrons for their patronage.
Chairman of the company, Baron Bernard de Nonancourt, who was in Nigeria for the event, expressed delight that more Nigerians are enjoying their company’s products.
Christmas with a difference @ Passo
AS part of its Christmas with a Difference 2009 project, Escroll Education & Childcare Foundation (EECF), Abuja, distributed welfare items to more than 70 families in Passo community, Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja.
Delivering his keynote at the event, which held at the premises of L.E.A. Primary School, Passo, the visioner of the Foundation, Mr. Osung E. Osung, stated that poverty tops the list of the many challenges facing the Nigerian society, followed by corruption, erratic power supply, security issues, unemployment, economic meltdown, climate change among many others.
He added that all over the world, about 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes and narrowing this down to Nigeria, some of the deaths could be attributed to malnutrition, malaria, polio, mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS etc, with poverty as the underlying factor.
Osung stated that the Foundation has an undying passion for sustainable development in Nigeria and is focusing on children, the leaders of tomorrow and the future of our nation.
In his response, the Etsu of Passo, Seriki Joshua Madaki, noted that the Foundation’s intervention was quite timely, as less privileged children, particularly orphans and other vulnerable children were assured of having something to eat during the festive period, stressing that going the extra mile to provide clothing and shoes for the children would help to minimize the cases of ailments associated with cold, especially during the harmattan season.
Items distributed were Rice, Vegetable Oil, Cornflakes, Golden Morn, Seasoning Cubes, Noodles, Beverage, Milk, Biscuit, Caprisonne drinks, Children clothes, shoes and school bags. Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets were also distributed to nursing and expectant mothers to curb the spread of malaria in Passo.
Indomie Noodles was also there to serve all children present from its Indomie Noodles Mobile Kitchen.
Set up with the primary aim of making accessible to the less privileged child, quality education, sound health and general wellbeing, the Foundation’s activities and projects revolve round the child, in terms of his/her total wellbeing, and its objective is to ensure that children, especially the less privileged, are adequately equipped for the near future.
Projects include award of scholarship to pupils in various schools, equipping and standardization of school libraries, among others.