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The OCI Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be officially supporting the “Face of Tiv International” beauty contest. The event, being organized by the “Kano Tiv Carnival”, will hold on Sunday, November the 29th, 2020, at the City Bay Event Centre, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.

An overall winner of the pageantry will be crowned the “OCI Foundation’s Faceplate ArOY Campaign, of Benue State”, and will play a key role in the Benue State’s flag-off ceremony of the Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Health Campaign. The flag-off ceremony will hold as soon as the COVID-19 lock-down is eased across Nigeria.

The OCI Foundation’s participation in this event is part of its quest to spread the ArOY Health Campaign that seeks to make anti-breast and anti-cervical cancer information available to every Nigerian (more details below). The Foundation will, therefore, be publicizing its free, life saving “OCI CerviBreast” mobile phone application at the event. The CerviBreast App is freely available on the Android and Apple stores, and can be downloaded by simply searching for “CerviBreast”.

The OCI Foundation will also be donating its customized T–shirts and ArOY Campaign textbooks to all 12 contestants.

For the records, the ArOY Campaign is a novel, Harvard-endorsed, WHO-supported, and evidence-based health promotion initiative of the OCI Foundation, which is being introduced across all senior secondary schools in Nigeria as a way of tackling breast and cervical cancers. In September 2019, it was rolled out across all the 261 senior secondary schools in Anambra State of Nigeria, and a similar event, scheduled for Benue State in May 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of Nigeria’s 36 states (and the FCT) are expected to benefit from the ArOY campaign on or before the end of 2025, and the ongoing consultations are part of this whole process.

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