‘Difference is Beautiful’ Project
Work in Progress…
Mmaku’s Unexpected Moments is the first edition of a book series written by Ogo Maduewesi and illustrated by … The series of books discuss living with a visible difference, skin conditions, diversity in appearance, self-love, living with scars, burns, birthmarks, living with disfigurement, family support system with homework/exercises for parents/guardian and Teachers to practice with the children.
‘Difference is Beautiful’ campaign was inspired and created to educate, socially empower, celebrate Sub-Saharan African children living with skin conditions and visible differences. It began as a Facebook conversation with someone who reached out to me about a lonely child with a severe skin condition that makes other children run from her, bully and would not play with her. Her name is Funmilayo, her mother left because she couldn’t stand the shame that comes with the embarrassing skin condition, schools would not accept her too, according to the girl’s father who takes the girl to the streets of Lagos to ask for alms for their feeding and shelter… My concern about her welfare and that of other children with skin conditions and visible differences grew into an initiative under Outer Shell Africa called ‘Ọdịmma-Ụmụaka‘ (Children’s welfare).
We are working towards programs that will unfold following this book’s publication to teach and socially empower kids, children and teens about Diversity in Appearance, skin conditions, visible differences, empathy, self-love and having faith in oneself. The ‘Difference is Beautiful Campaign will travel to schools and children’s programs to help educate everyone to embrace the beauty in differences. By teaching children in Sub-Saharan Africa (and anywhere this reaches) to embrace and appreciate differences in appearance, to accept every human as they are, about different conditions that make one look different, live confidently and to be friendly and supportive to all children and adults battling any kind of visible difference. The Difference is Beautiful Campaign discusses diversity in (visible differences, looking different, being different, family support system), empathy, and more.
Our goal is empathy, faith in oneself, self-love and social inclusion for children with visible differences.
Children’s Book series title ‘Mmaku’s Unexpected Moments‘