SMI Rally in Abuja, Nigeria - A Historic Gathering for Change

Report by: Adeshina J Mathew, SMI Abuja Coordinator

Date: 31st January 2011

Event Overview: 

History was made on the last day of January 2011 in Abuja, the heart of Nigeria's federal capital territory. The significant event marked the formal launch of Sweet Mother International (SMI) Abuja Chapter, held at Unity Square. This event, hosted in collaboration with Build a Better Nigeria Volunteers (BBNV), was themed "Abuja 2011 Peace Declaration and Campaign Against Pregnancy Related Deaths."

Distinguished Attendees: 

The launch was graced by a diverse group of dignitaries, including:

The event particularly resonated with the youth, inspiring them to volunteer their time and resources for societal and national development.

Coordinator's Address: 

Mr. John Adeshina, the Convener/Coordinator of SMI Abuja Chapter, welcomed the volunteers with a compelling message: "As we unite in our voices and actions, we become one people, one world, united in progress." He emphasized the critical need to prevent avoidable pregnancy-related deaths in Africa, challenging everyone to stand in solidarity against this crisis. 

Key Issues Highlighted:

Call to Action: 

Mr. John challenged volunteers, governments, communities, and organizations to join forces and declare "Enough is Enough" to the avoidable loss of women's lives due to pregnancy complications. 

Event Highlights:


The SMI Rally in Abuja was a groundbreaking event, signaling a new era of commitment and action towards improving maternal health in Africa. It was a momentous occasion that united people from various walks of life in a shared mission to save lives. 

Launch of SMI campaigns in Kawu District, Abuja, Nigeria

Catholic Archbishop Supports SMI Programs in Abuja, Nigeria

L-R Archbishop J.O Onayekan and SMI ABuja Coordinator Adeshina J Mathew

Click here to read full report on the Catholic Archbishop's support at the launch of SMI campaigns in Kawu District, Abuja, Nigeria

SMI Abuja Proudly Supports MISS NGO Project

An Unforgettable Night in Abuja: 

The nation's capital was alight with African entertainment and celebration at the maiden edition of Miss NGO, organized by Sky World Entertainment. The event, supported by Sweet Mother International (SMI) Abuja, was a dazzling showcase of talent and beauty.

Crowning of Miss Judith Thompson: 

The highlight of the evening was the crowning of Miss Judith Thompson, who emerged as the winner in a competition filled with talented participants. Her victory was met with applause and admiration, marking a memorable milestone in the event’s history.

A Gala of Glamour and Culture: 

Held at the renowned Cyprian Ekwensi Art and Culture Gallery in Abuja, the event commenced with a glamorous red carpet reception. The evening was a blend of pomp, pageantry, and cultural celebration, reflecting the vibrant spirit of Africa.

SMI’s Commitment to Empowerment: 

Sweet Mother International’s involvement in this event underscores our commitment to empowering women and supporting initiatives that highlight the role of women in society and their contributions to various causes.

Experience the Magic: 

For a more detailed account of this spectacular event and to view photos from the night, we invite you to click here for the full report and pictures.

SMI Participates in Key Health Initiatives in Abuja