Fund Raising Event Makes a Million!

On 28th April the Kakofoni Arts Foundation held a fund-raising event in Lagos to support the Forest Project. The aim was to raise one million naira which will go towards developing a Demonstration Medicinal Herb Garden, restoring the IITA Arboretum and buying a water pump.  Though core funding for the Forest Project is provided by the Leventis Foundation, these major enterprises require additional funding due to cost increases in materials, wages, fuel and services.

Yes we can!!

The target one million naira was not only reached but exceeded.
Total: N1,065,100.

The event took the form of a Reforestation Ball with dinner, music, dance and fashion show. It was held in La Scala Restaurant at the Muson Centre, Ikoyi, and organized by Elder Chief Josephine Oboh-MacLeod, assisted by her husband, Chief Norman Core MacLeod, Mrs Zusi Ward and Mrs Osuare Egbuonu. Guests included Dr Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General, Mr Philip Hall, Leventis Foundation. and Mrs Isabel Schmidt, German Consul. Deni Bown, Forest Project Coordinator, who gave a short Powerpoint presentation on the Project and sold signed copies of her books to support the cause. The Master of Ceremonies was Mr Desmond Majekodunmi, a leading environmental activist and Council Member of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, who gave a rousing speech on the need for Nigerians to commit to conservation, especially of forests – a point emphasized also by Mr Peter Muir CBE who gave the vote of thanks. Relaxation came in the form of music and dance. Piper Norman and Nigerian percussionists, Patty Band, opera singer Oyin and outstanding dancers performed to rapturous applause. Another highlight was a fashion show by Oosuá whose slogan “stylish, spirited and African” summed up an evening to remember.
The Forest Project thanks all those who contributed in any way.  

reforestation ball April 28 2012


African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon)

The African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon), known as arere in Yoruba and obeche in Bini, is a large fast-growing tree, reaching 65 m (213 ft), usually with a straight trunk and buttresses up to about 8 m (26 ft) high. It belongs to the family Sterculiaceae and is common in semi-deciduous rainforests from Sierra Leone to Gabon and Congo, including secondary forests where it may fill gaps as a pioneer species.

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