20 May Our Founder Godman Akinlabi at the African Philanthropy Forum 2019
On the 16th – 17th of May 2019, Our founder Godman Akinlabi was present at the African Centre on Philanthropy and Social Investment conference in partnership with African Philanthropy Forum, Trust Africa and Harvard Centre for African Studies, where he spoke about the Role of Religion in organised Philanthropy and how the Church in Africa should go beyond charity giving and also pursue organised philanthropy so we can move from pity to providing opportunities and focusing on empowering our people for self reliance.
The opening remark was given by the Board chair African Philanthropy Forum Mrs. Tsitsi Masiyiwa, while the Keynote Address was given by Kola Karim (CEO & Managing Director, Shoreline Energy) at the Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie, Lecture on African Business and Entrepreneurship), others present were Nigerian delegates with Prof. Adam Habib, the Vice Chancellor of University of Witwatersrand, Mosun Layode (ED, African Philanthropy Forum), Kemi Da Silva-Ibru (Women at Risk International Foundation) and Reps of TY Danjuma foundation.
According to Godman Akinlabi or PGee as he is popularly known here at the PISTIS foundation,
“We cannot separate philanthropy from religion. Philanthropy is about giving. Religion is about helping others. They are interlinked. And churches need to make the shift from charitable giving to impactful philanthropic giving”.