MTN ASAP: Famous Statues, Tiny Busses and Uber-talented Youngsters – All The Gist From Owerri (Photos)


We’ve been having a great time around the country! After making a stop in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, the MTN ASAP (Anti-Substance Abuse Programme) movement moved on to Owerri, Imo State, and we think we have become mini-professionals on all things Owerri. Hehehehe!

Last week, students of the Imo State University (IMSU) and the Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri, Imo State, had the time of their lives.

The mix of maximum fun and truths about substance abuse, had them all ‘gingered’ to learn all they could about addiction and substances

And we can’t forget Mr Shehu Lamuwa, UNODC trainer, his witty style of teaching has gotten him on our list of our all-time fave tutors on the ASAP trail. We laughed hard and understood everything he shared about the types of drugs and their effects.

Now, how did some talented students of the Theatre Department of the Alvan Ikoku College of Education shock us?

While David Jones David was performing one of his hit-songs centred around drugs, three students got up on the stage and freestyled a drama piece! The sheer talent had us doing a double take.

And in case you don’t know, Jones is an actor, singer and an anti-substance abuse advocate. He joined the ASAP trail in Port Harcourt and it has been one power-packed performance after the other.

Then the next day, the rain thought it could put a stop to our parade. Ah! The ASAP Awareness Walk fired on in spite of the rain!

In fact, the rain was like fuel for us, it powered us on.

After the Walk, a couple of us took a break to check out Owerri’s famous twitter-stirring statues at the Ikemba Ojukwu Centre.

On our last day in Owerri, we visited the land of the cute busses – Douglas Park! Lol. Owerri has these cute, black and yellow buses that have the word ‘IMOBUS’ emblazoned across their sides.

In no time, we were surrounded by young eager Nigerians who were really curious about all the splash of colour and the music.

It was the perfect way to reach a large number of people on the street, with the message on substance abuse. And oh, they had stories to tell about their experiences with various substances.

Owerri was one gorgeous experience!

(PS: We will give you the gist of our first taste of ‘Okpa’ [popular Eastern-Nigerian food made with dried Bambara nut/beans])