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    Posted January 9, 2014 by
    Lagos, Nigeria
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    GCF Gang Lagos State Nigeria takes responsibility For Elegushi Beach

    Some young pacesetters in Nigeria have taken into their hands a responsibility to cater to our environment. The GCF gang is a never-been-seen initiative that is making real impact in our society through youth development and community building. Groups like the Gidi Culture Festival are much needed in Nigeria today as we live in society where people criticize systems, but are not willing to take the steps that make a difference. Volunteers cleaned out the beach and its surrounding areas which attracts over 3,000 visitors on the weekends alone.
    On Saturday the 28th of December 2014, The Gidi Culture Festival team and its volunteers participated in a novel movement, being the first ever ‘Beach Sweep’ by clearing out litter and debris at Elegushi Beach in Lagos. The beach was in very bad condition following visits from Christmas holiday makers but at the end of the exercise, it became a pleasure to behold again. The event took place on the last Saturday in the month of December in 2013, thereby aligning with the Lagos State Government’s call to a clean and safe environment and highlighting the importance of the environmental sanitation. They removed bottles, debris from the waterways and litter from the rock bay.
    Litter is a stark challenge across beaches in Lagos. There is a growing need to stop this problem by educating visitors of the beach and the local community. Again, marine and shoreline litter can come from without, some are blown in by the wind or travel by river streams and storm drains also. Whatever the source, it is important to uphold causes such as this.
    The Beach Sweep is part of the ‘Rep Your Community’ drive by Gidi Culture festival to encourage youth participation in local communities and community projects. It also served as a tool of value transfer to visitors and users of the Elegushi Beach, with the message of a clean and healthy environment at the forefront. Gidi Culture Festival is engaging its network to help support the beach and its local residents.
    “Elegushi beach is an integral part of our local community and organising the sweep is one way of encouraging visitors and local residents to take ownership of the beach and keep the beach superior and clean during visits” said Chin Okeke, Founder of Eclipse Live.
    Chin Okeke continued, “We hope to make this a quarterly event, which we would like to roll out to other beaches across Nigeria. We have found that this sort of event encourages a sense of community and encourages local residents in giving back to their local community".
    It is important to clean the beach and the shoreline to protect the local community as well as the wildlife that call those areas home.

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