On 9th of October, 2016, Mr. Stefano Piotti, the Steph Foundation Chairman has been invited, as the main speaker at Beauty for Purpose Charity Gala Ball - 2016.

The theme of the Ball was Essences of Charity.

The hosts of the event: Nigerian Queens 2016 Winners.

The Chairman received an Award in recognition of his continuous, humanitarian and selfless services for the people from Nigerian Queen Organization.

 

Photo Gallery from Event

Mr. Stefano Piotti Speech

Topic: WHAT IS CHARITY AND ITS ESSENCES

Distinguished Guest

Ladies, Gentlemen and the Organizing Team

I am honored to be invited as a speaker in a charity event with this quality of audience. It is my pleasure to speak about charity which is something I have passion for.

Definition of charity:

  1. It is an act of kindness where a person who has more than enough of what he or she needs contributes a part of his or her surplus income for the fulfillment of the needs of those who are less capable.
  2. An organization set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.
  3. The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.
  4. Kindness and tolerance in judging others
  5. The theological virtue defined as love directed first toward God but also toward oneself and one's neighbors as objects of God's love.

Etymology:

Form the old Latin: cāritās, affection

What is a charity Organization?

A charity is a voluntary organization which is set up in order to do well. Charities aim not only to help and support people but also animals, the environment, etc. In size they range from small, local organizations (which provide support on a local basis and are usually staffed by unpaid volunteers drawn from the immediate area) to large, international organizations who have salaried professionals working for them as well as a global network of volunteers. Such organizations provide support on an international basis and deal with global problems.

There goes a famous saying “Charity begins at home.” This is an old saying with a deep hidden meaning inside. This means that it is not enough to contribute good and money to the charitable organization alone. If your own grandmother is lying on the bed and you do not serve her and instead are interested in helping a charitable organization, you surely do not understand the true meaning of charity.

What do charities do?

Charities have a variety of roles in the world today covering almost every aspect of human life. They provide food, medicine, bandages, prosthetic limbs, vaccination programmes, neo-natal care, water, irrigation systems, school-teachers, shelters, blankets, shoes, clothing and much, much more. They work hard to raise public awareness of the problems faced by many people in the world today and to raise money to meet the basic requirements of those in need. Many charities also respond promptly in disaster situations, sending emergency supplies to the worst-hit areas with impressive speed.

Other charities work in less dramatic surroundings, quietly looking after the elderly and infirm, supporting the terminally ill and caring for the depressed, suicidal and the mentally ill.

Charity as a matter of fact is a very wide phenomenon that cannot be described in words. It is said that if you give someone something, you get ten times in return. But this saying is incomplete; the truth is that if you give someone something with a pure heart, expecting nothing in return you will surely get more than ten time in return.

Speech

Today, we are often constrained to our own domestic affairs. We think of our own future, with hopes at the time of recession. But when we are in trouble, people in developing countries suffer from the crisis much, much more. They have to fight for their everyday needs. But they have few resources to struggle against their extreme poverty.

The most unprotected circles of African society are kids and single mothers. We regularly visit orphanages. It frightens us to see how kids are in need, but this also inspires us more.

Life is so beautiful. God presents us with this gift of life not to suffer from what we can have as our right, proper education, Health care protection, development of our talents.

Our mutual efforts and our support are much needed. Together, we will fulfill our duty of cherishing every human life.

The charitable sector is an important and fascinating one, economically, socially and culturally. Every one of the world’s great religions emphasizes the moral imperative of charitable giving. There is no code of ethics, whether religiously based or secular, that does not mandate the strong to look after the weak. In St. Paul’s great ‘ode’, in 1 Corinthians, 13, caritas, or charity, is placed even above faith and hope.

My personal appreciation of the importance of charity comes from the Christian-family background that shaped me.

My family taught me that there are no owners, only custodians; that from those to whom much has been given, much will be asked; that charity is a duty, not a whim or a personal indulgence.

What is perhaps surprising, but certainly encouraging, is that others arrive at the same conclusions from very different starting positions. The charitable imperative transcends the usual divisions and pigeon holes: left-center-right, radical-conservative, Christian-Jew-Muslim- Buddhist-Hindu or secular Humanist. Perhaps there is a charitable gene in all of us. It would make sense, since charity has great social survival value.

While the appreciation of the importance of charity and giving is universal, it isn’t always easy. You may be familiar with the sad story of the final communist party membership examination of comrade Ivan Ivanov in the days of the former Soviet Union.

The final test involved giving the correct answer to three questions:

“Comrade Ivanov, if you had three yachts, what would you do?”

“Well, comrades, I would keep one and give two away, for the benefit of the proletariat

Giving out some of the hard earned money, it is definitely a very difficult thing. But if we do I assure you we will definitely be rewarded.

Charity is also done for religious purposes; it just depends on where your interest lies in donating. It is estimated that one should give at least 10% of his or her profits in charity or donation. This fact has been shared in one of the most famous books about money management named “The Richest Man in Babylon” written by George S. Clason about 1926. Just spending your money on yourself and your family and living a life full of material pleasures will not give you the peace of mind that you need. The moment you know that your little deed of charity has brought a smile to someone’s face is the moment you will achieve that peace of mind which you truly desire from the bottom of your heart.

How charity changed my life

About Steph Foundation

Steph Foundation was born out of the desire to help the less privileged. It was incorporated in January 2015 but actually started activities in 2012. Below are headlines of few things done by Steph Foundation:

  • 2012/2013 Theme
    • Educational sponsorship of children from five different families
    • Payment of medical bills for a sick cell patient till date
  • 2014 Theme:
    • Up-keep
    • Widows/Children empowerment (skill acquisition)
    • Medical bills
  • 2015 Theme:
    • Youth empowerment & community development
    • Treatment for Cancer patient
    • Surgery for Hernia
  • 2016 Theme
    • Up-Keep
    • Water supply to communities
    • Two Surgeries
    • Screening & prevention of Prostate Specific Antigen for 20 men
    • Screening & Prevention of Cervical Cancer for 16 Ladies (Pap Smear Test)
    • Educational Sponsorship
  • 2017 Theme:
    • Non profit activities for development
    • Open heart surgery at Gaslini Hospital in Italy

Taking Charity to the next level

I believe that the real meaning of Charity derives from sympathy which meaning is “Suffer Together with You”. Therefore Charity is Passion, Passion for life, Passion for the people.

If we have passion for people the real thing we have to do if we want to make charity an important part of our lives is to understand the real need of a large part of the population in Nigeria that is getting a job and providing for their needs

“Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.

Obviously this does not absolve us from solving daily pressing problems of other people.

So what is the next step in charity in Nigeria today?   Be good citizens, therefore invest, create jobs, spread wealth, allow people to live with dignity   allow children’s talents to develop, this is the kind of charity Nigeria mostly needs today and as good citizens we must stand firm and give our own contribution to uplift the lives of so many people affected by the current economic downturn.

Charity can be the message. A strong political message, charity can be the tool that will make all of us be active engines of changes. Charity will also improve your life as it will make you feel action to promote a better society,, knowing that we live in a country that is blessed with so many talented people and vast resources.  

Nigerian economy has gone through a lot and needs to be rebuilt with our hands, with the hand of everybody we can do it and we must do it.

So to conclude, charity is power, the power to change the world and make it a better place to be, where diversity is respected and unity is sought, where love and kindness are spread around and none is left alone.

We must show with example that humanity has nothing to do with bombing, killing, raping, destroying, we must show that love exists and it is real.

Quote:

"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go."

- Mother Teresa

My name is Ohuo Grace Chisa. I was born on the 18th of June, 1998 in Shomolu , Lagos State, Nigeria. I am the second daughter to my parents Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Ohuo. I am an indigene of Elele town, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers State. Both of my parents hail from Elele, Rivers State. My dad is a civil servant and my mum is a business woman.

I am currently a second year IT student of Rivers State Polytechnic Bori, I studied Science Laboratory Technology for my National Diploma (ND) obtaining an ND certificate and I am soonest to forward my Higher National Diploma (I-IND) by January next year to study microbiology motivated by my love for learning and succeeding as I strive to become an outstanding and successful woman.

I attended Olatunde Fagbeyiro memorial school for my nursery and primary education where I sat for the common entrance examination at basic 4 and moved to my secondary school STA international college, Jibowu, Yaba all in Lagos state and stopped at senior secondary school 1. I came from Lagos back to Rivers state with my family in the year 2011 due to some ups and downs and financial breakdown. Relocating back to our hometown though was tough but I had to accept life, sit up and face the challenges.

I continued my secondary education from SS 1 at Silver Palms Educational Centre where I was elected as the Deputy Senior prefect of the school and wrote my WAEC examinations in SS3 at the school’s WJ\EC branch center Government Army Secondary School Elele, I also sat for my Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) exams.

During my ND days in higher institution, I was the departmental queen with the title Miss SLT. I have come across the good, the bad and the ugly sides of life but I have being determined never to give up. I am currently the Miss Steph Charity Queen of Steph foundation
I am passionate about my acting career and that of pageantry.

On 11th of December, 2016, Steph Foundation organized its annual Steph Event in Grace Event Center, in Port Harcourt. The event was an unprecedented success, being attended by more than 400 guests and being supported by more than 100 organizers staff.

Agenda of the event:

Please see below a gallery of the event. More to come!

My name is Daniella Ozioma Adinusor.
I am a Nigerian. I hail from IMO state, Ngor okpala LGA, Umougbe Autonomous community. I was born into the Adinuso family; Mr Chux .B. Adinuso and Late Mrs Chrisphina Adinuso. Mr Chux is a Civil Engineer and Late Mrs Chrisphina was an Actress and a Business woman.
I am the fourth child of my family out of six children; five girls and a boy, I am the third daughter.
I am a student of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education. I study English and Literary Studies.
My hobby is Writing and Singing.
My dislike is Disloyalty and Pride
My like is Loyalty and humility.
I am 5.6ft tall.

My life at camp for the pageant was exciting, it was fun. I learnt to tolerate different attitudes, to understand that not everyone knew how to tame their tempers and their actions towards certain situations. In all, the camp was Awesome.

No one was as surprised as I was when my name was called as the winner of the pageant. I was graced by God to be the Queen of Steph foundation 2016.

My advice to the future Queens of all pageant is, Never to look down on yourself, you are Amazing, you are a Queen of your Heart, of your Body and of your Self. You don't need a crown to know that, have in mind that you are one Amazing Winner. Cheers.

Appreciation:
All my life I've written stories, dramas and sang beautiful songs but right now I'm short of words on how to Appreciate God and my family and friends.
Well, all thanks be to God, to Jesus and the Holy Spirit my Bestie. Thanks to my beautiful family and friends in school and around the world. Thank you to Steph foundation for making a wise choice. Cheers!

A successfully event was held at Chrisholik Hotel, on 12th of March, 2016 and a new Queen emerged, DANIELLA ADINUSOR from Imo State. Congratulation to the new Queen and we wish her all the best for the duration of her reign.

Miss APPOLOS NATASHA BARINUA was elected as the First Runner and Miss DIVINE E. BERNARD as Second Runner and also as Miss Creativity.

Miss SUCCESS DAVID was elected as Miss Photogenic.

All contestants are welcomed to participate in the Steph Foundation's Pet Projects.

The Contestants - Miss Steph 2016

  • 01 - Delight DELIGHT OKEAH
  • 02- Natasha APPOLOS NATASHA BARINUA
  • 03 - Jennifer JENNIFER FRANCIS OGBUSO
  • 04 - Daniella ADINUSOR DANIELLA
  • 05 - Ngozi NGOZI ENYI
  • 06- Emilia EMILIA G. DONATUS
  • 07 - Joan JOAN E. EGBONO
  • 08 - Lisa WALA LISA ADA
  • 09 - Success DAVID SUCCESS
  • 10 - Miriam OKEAH MIRIAM CHITUGA
  • 11 - Divine DIVINE E. BERNARD
  • 12 - Preye MOSES PREYE

Miss Steph Queen - 2016 - The Winner

Steph Foundation organize this year the 3rd edition of Miss Steph Charity Pageant 2016.

The form is free.

ISSUANCE OF FORMS STARTS 21ST DECEMBER - 22ND JANUARY 2016, WHILE SUBMISSION ENDS 29TH JANUARY

Final Audition Holds February 21st 2016 Camp Opens Tuesday 22nd March

Main Event: Saturday 26th March
FORMS OBTAINABLE AT THE FOLLOWING CENTERS
1. FLO-S DISTRACTION #89 Ohiamini Street opp. Transformer behind Elekahia Primary
2. CHRISOLIK HOTELS LTD #5a Peter Odili Rd Sasun round about by Dunamis Church.
3. JOONWYYT ENTERTAINMENT #4 Elekahia/Rumukalagbo link Rd., Elekahia, PHC.)
4. TOTAL BRIDAL COLLECTIONS #126 Ogbunuabali Rd, Port Harcourt)
5. CHARLIE'S TOTAL FITNESS Stadium Road, Port Harcourt.
6. PH COOPERATE OFFICE #6 Ohia street by Atako Building opposite Gada Street
For Enquires Call:
07032461385,07082567754,08125520441
Visit www.stephfoundation.com

On the 21st of March 2015 , during a night of Glamour inside the Banquet Hall of Chrisholik Hotels in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Preparedness with good fortune and turn around the life of 22 years old Onyinyechi Gloria Ikechukwu, an undergraduate of Ken Saro Wiwa polytechnic, Rivers State was crowned the Miss Steph Charity Queen 2015 outshining other beauties to win the most coveted crown.

The beauty queen reveals and shares moments leading to her crowning as the Miss Steph Charity Queen 2015.

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF

I am Onyinyechi Gloria Ikechukwu and I’m Miss Steph Charity Queen 2015. Am a student from Ken Saro Wiwa Polythecnic Bori, Rivers State studying insurance and Risk management and currently on my Industrial Training. I hail from Imo State, Mbaitoli LGA. I come from a family of three (Two girls and a boy) Second child precisely.

WHO ARE YOUR ROLE MODELS?

My mum is my role model. A virtuous woman and epitome of a Christian mother. She’s what I aspire to be in the future.

SO HOW DID YOU BECOME A CONTESTANT IN THE PAGEANT?

Actually, I was encouraged by a friend to pick the form, Procrastinated but eventually picked the form.

HAVE YOU PARTICIPATED IN ANY PAGEANT PRIOR TO MISS STEPH CHARITY QUEEN?

Yes, I have but this is my first time of emerging as a winner.

HOW DID YOUR PARENTS REACT TO IT WHEN YOU TOLD THEM YOU WERE TAKING PART IN THE MISS STEPH CHARIY PAGEANT?

From the onset, my mum was never okay with me participating in any pageant because she believes that it entails going nude as other girls do all for pageantry. But her perception changed when she found out that you must not go nude to be a model.

COMING INTO THE COMPETITION AND SEEING THE ARRAY OF BEAUTIFUL CONTESTANTS LIKE YOURSELF, DID YOU THINK YOU STOOD A CHANCE OF WINNING?

Well in camp I must admit, I had lot of competitors and the stake was high but I had to psyche myself back.

HOW WAS LIFE IN CAMP?

I would have to say, camp was amazing. I learnt a lot from the in- house instructors and organizers on the journey of being a queen. We went out on a visit to the compassionate home, and even went shopping. It was really fun. The other contestants wear beautify and talented.

CAN RECALL HOW YOU FELT THAT MOMENT WHEN YOUR NAME CAN WAS CALLED OUT AS THE CROWNED QUEEN OF STEPH FOUNDATION?

Yes I do remember that evening, I also remember been in the top three and knowing for sure that I was not going to win because of the crowd that cheered the first runner up each time she’s on stage. But I was puzzled and surprised when my name was called and the crown put on my head. I was very happy and overwhelmed……and I cried (Laughs and makes a funny face).

(Photo from Miss Steph 2015)

CRIED TOO, ISN’T THAT BECOMING CEREMONIAL AT THE END OF EVERY PAGAENT?

Oh no! There are some tears you cry and you take it but if it is something that means so much to you and has to do with your dream I bet when you achieve that, you will feel it and it will get you all emotional.

ON YOUR PET PROJECT HOW DO YOU INTEND TO RUN IT?

My main aim in my pet project is to empower the less privileged in our society, to create more entrepreneurs who can be able to stand on their own and start up something good to earn a living for themselves in line with the quote that states: ”Give a man fish and you feed him for a day; but teach a man how to fish and you feed him a life time”

AS A CHARIY QUEEN, HOW CAN YOU DEFINE CHARITY?

Charity they say begins at home. To me I see charity as involving myself in the plight of the less privileged and needy.

HOW HAS YOUR LIFE CHANGED SINCE YOU WON THE PAGEANT?

My life has changed a lot but my person has not changed at all. I still feel like Onyinyechi. The only thing that has changed is that I am famous apart from that, I’m still grounded in my principles and values.

WHAT LEGACY WILL YOU LOVE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR, EVEN AFTER YOUR REIGN AS A QUEEN?

One thing I know about legacy is that it’s knowing how you will affect the lives of the people around you. In the end, I want to make sure that I am successful with the things I choose to do and be a woman to reckon with in the society.

GIVE A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO GIRLS WHO WOULD LOVE TO BE LIKE YOU IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Let me encourage the girls out there by saying have confidence in yourself and know that whatever it is you want to be in life, you can achieve that if you believe in God and in yourself.

AWARDEE’S

  Mr. Valentine Nwaereka popularly known as Porico is an on-air-personality who believes that one can only achieve success when hard work is put in place. Porico is a graduate of OAU Ife. He read Marketing. He started working with Raypower 100.5 FM in Lagos and Radio Nigeria 3 Lagos before proceeding to Wazobia FM Lagos where he got a transfer to Wazobia FM Port Harcourt. Porico as he’s fondly called has bagged home so many awards... 

Mr. Efe Nwabueze Ubuara a.k.a Baba Funky. A native of Delta state. Graduate of the University of Port Harcourt, department of Theatre arts. DPC (d people’s comedian), as he’s called by many started comedy way back at school. He has performed in the prestigious Nite of a thousand laffs, world music day, to mention but a few. He has worked with Raypower 106.5 FM Port Harcourt, Journey Walker, MTN, Dark n Lovely, etc. C.E.O of Comedy Fever and Baba Funky n friends show…

 
 

Fortune Okuenyia hails from Abia state, a degree holder in management from the University of Science and Technology P.H. Fortune whose timbre slays so many has netted home some lifetime awards, such as City People awards, Odudu awards, etc. Her new single is currently rocking the air waves: Baby carry me go…

 O.C Niggi is a Computer science graduate who started his musical carrier in 2008 with resounding ‘HIT SINGLES; Surugede, My Lady, Adure and many more. He later joined the world of broadcasting as an on-air- personality with Wazobia 94.1 FM Port Harcourt in 2012 and then made a forward slide to Family love 97.7 FM where he currently presents (kasala and hello Nigeria)…  

 Sandra Ezekwesili is a Nigerian born On-air-personality and host of the “Good morning Nigeria program on cool FM 95.9 Port Harcourt. She graduated from Enugu state university as a Mass communication graduate. She has before moving to cool FM worked with the Enugu state broadcasting corporation, Kastina state television, and Radio Bayelsa etc

Barnabas Emmanuel AKA Iceblinks Barmani an event manager he has work with 360 Entertainment base on stage and light but currently work with 101 Entertainment as an event and stage manager also grooming of models. Barnabas Emmanuel is a man of so many ideas on entertainment which made him work with various body including carniriv. Hails from Obot Akra, Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria but was born and bred in PH.

 

 

 

CREW

THE PRODUCER:

Mr. Samuel Amara also known as Sammy Lanky is a former host of “Teenage eye t.v show in NTA and Kiddies World. A song writer, actor, event planner, pageant producer and also beauty queens movement hails from Aboh-Mbaise in Imo state. He studied Sociology from Imo state university. He has worked in top ranking events including Caniriv. He is the Chief executive of 101 Entertainment.

 

THE CHOREOGRAPHER:

My name is Ekegwu Eze Innocent, the CEO Side Out Entertainment. Graduate, university of Port Harcourt theatre arts department to be precise. A director, choreographer, dancer and make-up artist. Have been in the profession for more than a decade. Have done notable jobs within and outside the country. Dance instructor for Miss Niger Delta Beauty Pageant for 7 seasons. A highly professional and disciplined thespian.

 

THE CHAPERONE:

Miss Faye Briggs is a native of Abonnema in Rivers state. She has a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Port Harcourt. A costumier, playwright, actress, dancer, director and a chaperone of no mean repute. She has worked with various cultural and theatre outfits in the country but currently she’s working with the Rivers state council for Arts and Culture…

 

THE HEAD OF PRODUCTION:

Mr. Charles William, a meticulous young man who is good at what he does, no wonder he is loved by any he comes in contact with; has bagged in a couple of degree’s and certificates, a higher diploma in mass communication from the federal polytechnic, Oko and other certificates in Cinematography and so on. An Akwa Ibomite by birth, and a Nigerian by nationality, he has worked on a couple successful projects; Ada Ohaneze Beauty Pageant, caniriv, Calabar Carnival, etc. He is the owner of the brand Wiseconcept Media…

Miss Steph 2015

Mr. Stefano Piotti is proud to announce the organization of Miss Steph 2015 contest.

This is a charity initiative for the development of some talented young individuals.

  • Phase 1: from 20-01-15 to 15-02-15: advertising and collection of applications.
  • Phase 2: Girls audition, screening and final selection: from 15-02 to 28-02.
  • Phase 3: Contest.
  • Phase 4: Event.

Prizes:

  1. Winner: N. 100,000 plus various contracts and events participation.
  2. First runner: N.50,000
  3. Second Runner: N. 30,000.

Total: N. 180,000

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MISSION

To support the least privileged individuals, offering more chances in life.

VISION

Starting from an initial capital of 5 million Naira (year 2014) to increase constantly and become a leading charity/skills development foundation in Nigeria.

Motto

  • "Helping the persons in need is a privilege for few"
    Stefano Piotti
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