Jumoke Odetola, the Nigerian actress, has marked her birthday at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) rehabilitation centre in Lagos.
In a statement, the actress fondly called Miss Gargantuan, said the gesture was to show love and support to those who are bold enough to submit themselves to rehabilitation.
“It’s a very bold step, especially in this part of the world where I’ll-teasing people with sensitive and personal information casually referred to as ‘catching cruise’ has become a lifestyle,” she said.
“With statements where those in psychiatric or rehabilitation centers are referred to as Yaba left patients or Sa’laro, it becomes difficult to submit oneself to rehabilitation for the fear of stigmatisation and mockery.”
Odetola, who is an ambassador of War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), an NDLEA initiative, said society must embrace drug users willing to turn a new leaf.
“Not about condemning or stigmatizing those involved in it, rather it is about seeking redemption for them. This is why those that are seeking the path of rehabilitation need our support and love not stigmatisation,” she added.
Highlight of the event includes cutting of her birthday cake as well as donation of food items, drinks, toiletries and other items to clients at the facility.
Below are photos from the event:
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