The Lumina Foundation
The Lumina Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, founded in 2000 by Ogochukwu Promise to encourage development through erudition and charity for the edification of man. It is rooted in the principles of altruism and enlightenment. The word Luminous, which means giving out light, radiates the light of knowledge and divine wisdom which the Foundation seeks and transmits in order that many may benefit from it towards collective development at various levels.
To work relentlessly in bringing about an enlightened public.
To generate knowledge in both our locality and beyond: disseminate it far and wide.
We are passionate about discovering talents, encouraging and celebrating excellence.
WHAT WE DO:
- We bring about development through enlightenment programmes.
- We administer Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa -$20,000 in prize money
- We promote and celebrate companies and individuals that have excelled in their chosen field of endeavour.
- We get people reading for leisure and self enhancement.
- We maintain high moral and educational values.
- We bring up responsible men and women of worth.
- We encourage learning and support scholarship for dedicated youths.
- We conduct exchange programmes for writers across the globe.
- We provide opportunities and facilities for self expression.
- We encourage a healthy reading culture through the establishment of viable reading clubs and well equipped libraries.
- We discover and promote talents, providing opportunities for them to flourish and contribute to development.
- We publish and promote great minds, that all may benefit from their knowledge and wisdom.
- We promote informative entertainment and create avenues for literary performance.
- We organize readings, workshops, seminars on reading and writing.
- We promote authors and their works.
- We promote new writing and readership.
- We publish THE LUMINA, a quarterly motivational journal on Arts, Literature and Social Responsibility which focuses on different African countries in each edition.
- We run The Lumina Children’s Hom
The Foundation was established for the following reasons:
- To generate and disseminate knowledge far and wide.
- To encourage learning and support scholarship for dedicated youths.
- To promote research and diffuse the product of such research.
- To foster interdisciplinary studies through exchange programs.
- To propagate the dynamics of self enhancement.
- To encourage a healthy reading culture through the establishment of viable reading clubs and well equipped libraries.
- To discover and promote talents, providing opportunities for them to flourish and contribute to development.
- To publish and promote great minds, that all may benefit from their knowledge and wisdom.
- To promote informative entertainment and create avenues for literary performance.
- To foster global harmony through the provision of opportunities for appreciation of cross cultural perspectives that will broaden people’s horizon.
- To be an institution of high moral and educational values.
- To bring up responsible men and women of worth.
Our organization provides administrative support for a wide range of knowledge-based and charity-driven projects, a few of which are highlighted as follows:
- A Motherless Babies’ home that is founded on the values of personal dignity, profound affection and quality education which we believe to be fundamental and inalienable rights of each and every one of our children.
- A Mobile library scheme that extends the gift of books to less privileged schools across Nigeria. Establishment of reading clubs in schools and a TV presentation of selected reading events.
- Circulation of African-Easy-To-Read-Books in homes, offices and schools. Publication of THE MANAGER, THE LUMINA, as well as TEEN’S and CHILDREN’S CLASSIC magazines to enlighten and entertain the corporate world, arts communities, teens and children respectively.
- Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa known as Africa’s Nobel
- International exchange program and intellectual discourse on literature
Bearing in mind the people we seek funds from, we recognize the following key points:
- As a not-for-profit organisation, we recognise that the majority of our operational funding will be acquired through grants, subventions, sponsorships and donations: All of which can come from individuals and corporate entities.
- Donating individuals will provide funding primarily out of a shared passion for our ideals and our goals. However such donors will expect that we use their funds properly, effectively and in adherence to principles of accountability.
- Corporate entities are driven by a more pragmatic appreciation of how our ideals and goals can provide a vehicle for positively projecting their business image and ethics, especially in the area of corporate social responsibility.
Given the three points above, we solicit donations with a clear understanding that such donations must deliver value, measurable results and an identifiable range of soft and hard benefits to the donors. It is for this reason that we treat each donation as a ‘Subscription’. It acknowledges the charitable intent of the donor while equally reinforcing our obligation as a beneficiary.
In the simplest terms, our social objectives are driven by an integral business focus, an approach which emphasizes our identity as an accountable, results oriented, not-for-profit organisation (A foundation run on business principles). We recognise that for the donors, any value exchanged must deliver results. This value for money may be in cash or kind, but requires a returned value none the less.