The 25th of February, 2018 marked the beginning of a great movement to prevent suicide in Africa as Kunle Pelemo and his team unveiled the project, Live And Not Die (L.A.N.D). The unveiling took place at The Empowerment Centre, Allen-Avenue, Lagos.
The venue was set to welcome guests as celebrities graced the red carpet in time to kick off the program. The L.A.N.D team was on ground to welcome guests in branded L.AN.D T-shirts. The event kicked off with an opening prayer and introduction of guests, panelists and pressmen.
The unveil of Live And Not Die hosted by Alayande Stephen T. (The Project Director) kicked off with a brief welcome speech by Coach Triple A to sensitize the audience on the purpose of the gathering. Followed immediately by a music interlude by Forthbeing, the audience was engaged as they sang along with the artist. A drama skit by Glorious Performance Drama Ministry (GDPM) led by Olusanya Babalola also prepared the audience for what was to come; suicide is real but not the solution to hardship. The event had musical performances from MAXIM and Forthbeing while Pietrina did the honour of a special poem rendition on Suicide.
L.A.N.D Convener, Kunle Pelemo took to the stage to give the Press briefing. He spoke on suicide and how the World Health Organization in 2011 affirmed that suicide is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. By 2020, the WHO approximates 1.53million people will die from suicide based on the trend. Kunle Pelemo highlighted the idea and passion for this suicide prevention after his successful intervention to prevent a friend from carrying out this destructive act.
In his words, he said “The LAND project is aimed to support people with suicide related issues. L.A.N.D believes everyone has the right and reason to live. The project seeks to prevent suicide with the help of Research, Information, Technology and Support (RITS) in Africa and other parts of the world. This support ranges from moral, mental, material and psychological support. A #landchallenge initiatives which would be launched across social media, aimed at celebrating the gift of life and spreading the suicide prevention message to all was unveiled and projected to the participants” he averred.
The insightful and educative panel discussion can be described as the high point of the event. The panel comprised of Tinsel star, Adelegan Rotimi Ademiluyi, ace Comedian, Owen Gee, Eniola Adeniji, Teniola Adeyemi, Remi Dairo and Pastor. Victor Azuka Adigwe.
The panelists dissected the causes of suicide sharing personal experiences that inspired members of the audience. Comedian Owen Gee, opened up on his near suicide experience last year that left the audience in shock.
The social media handles are Facebook- Live And Not Die, Instagram and Twitter- LAND Project1, website- www.landproject.org.ng and the hotlines are- 08038603727, 08034641258. The L.A.N.D team encourage as many people as possible to give a helping hand in showing love and LISTENING to other people’s plight with a view to giving them a shoulder to lean on because that could be the simple step to prevent someone from committing suicide.
The event ended with questions and answers, group pictures, interviews etc. The audience and celebrities also participated in the #landchallenge to start the movement to prevent suicide in Africa.