Community Champion: Chiemeka Chiedozie Promotes Animal Welfare In Nigeria
Chiemeka Chiedozie, the Project Director HUMANE GLOBAL CONCEPT in Nigeria and Africa, is passionate about caring for animals. Through his non-governmental organization, Chiedozie promotes animal welfare by engaging children below the ages of 19 years. He says his mission is to impact knowledge on the children to have relevant information about animal kingdom and how to care for them.
Chiedozie who had been running this project for the past four years has taken the campaign to different primary and secondary schools.
“I have been to over 200 primary and secondary schools to educate young people about animals. I show them documentary and take them to Zoos to see animal life. This is to let the children have good relationship with animals so that they won’t develop the passion of killing the animals,” he said.
According to Chiedozie, the project is first of its kind in Nigeria. “Nobody has done this in Nigeria, I just took the challenge upon myself to start the project,” he said.
On how he gets the project funded, Chiedozie who has travelled to Ghana to address people on animal rights said he gets only material donations from United Kingdom and United States of America to run the project.
“I have done animal conferences and exhibitions which had over 300 people in attendance. I financed it myself. I also task people to donate to the project. Finance is the major challenge rocking the project,” he explained. He also got support from a non-government organization, People for Ethical Treatment of Animal (PETA), in United Kingdom.
He wants the government at all levels to partner with the non-governmental organisation to be able to fund the project as part of the support.
Chiedozie who had been featured in Animal Times Magazine in United Kingdom had just been made world animal ambassador for Nigeria.
His goal is to educate Nigerians on how to care for animals.
“Animals have feelings and emotions just as people have because they can’t talk people take advantage of them, if every Nigerian has feelings for animals’ people will not be killing their neighbours and families for rituals,” he advised.