How One SMS Changed Over 500 Lives In Abuja

Posted on April 15 2019 , at 02:26 pm
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Blessing Adams’ face was priceless as she listened to the laughter of over 500 students. She was filled with joy and a sense of fulfillment for being a conduit of blessing to other humans.


Blessing is the only PTA Teacher in UBE Primary School Kutunku 2 Gwagwalada Abuja, where over 500 pupils unanimously chorused “thank you aunty Blessing” at the assembly ground. The excited children flaunted their new school bags containing exercise books, pencil cases and raincoats.

Blessing was one of the thousands of Nigerians who nominated their communities for projects under the MTN What Can We Do Together initiative. She had jokingly sent a text and now, her school pupils were singing and benefiting from that simple gesture!


What Can We Do Together – in its third year – is geared towards developing grassroots communities through collaborative efforts. It provides Nigerians with the opportunity to nominate their community for a developmental project, including refurbishment of Primary Health Center, provision of borehole and supply of school learning materials in primary schools.



Coordinator, Economic Empowerment, MTN Foundation, Christian Osi; Nominator, MTN What Can We Do Together (WCWDT) Adam Blessing; Head Teacher, UBE Primary School, New Kutunku ll, Gwagwalada, Abubakar Adamu; Senior Manager, Program Implementation, MTN Nigeria, Abasi-Ekong Udobang and Deputy Director, FCT Universal Basic Education Board, Idris Isyaku Ibrahim at the handover of school learning materials by the MTN Foundation at the school.


Over 300,000 communities were nominated in 2018 for the third phase. The screening process which began in January 2019 had officials traveling to multiple locations to verify the nominations by Nigerians.


Verification Team in January 2019 at the UBE Primary School, New Kutunku ll, Gwagwalada verifying the school, needs school learning materials as nominated by Blessing Adams.


Now in its implementation phase, the What Can We Do Together (WCWDT)  has commenced deployment of the school learning materials in primary schools across Nigeria.



Pupils of UBE Primary School, New Kutunku ll, Gwagwalada Abuja elated upon receiving their School Learning Materials From MTN.

MTN Champions’ arraigning the School Learning

Materials before distribution.

Cross-section of the School Learning Materials.


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