Thursday, the 30th of July 2020 is a day the people of Ajegunle community Lagos State became the host for African Clean Up Initiative together with other partners (  Achievers Factory International,  Wevo, Wecyclers, Inspired Next Initiative, Dreams from the Slum Initiative and Yagazie Foundation) with about 39 volunteers, for the Recyclespay Covid-19 Support and #MaskUpSlum Project which is proudly sponsored by Coca-Cola Foundation.

At about 8am, some of the  people of Ajegunle were already gathered and by 9am Mrs. Blessing Onyelekwe, the Communications Manager of African Cleanup Initiative, gave a welcome address  to everyone both partners and volunteers at the event She spoke about the essence of the exercise and thanked everyone for volunteering to be part of the exercise.

Mr. Alexander Akhigbe, the Chief Environmental Officer of African Cleanup Initiative introduced the projects to the people of Ajegunle who were gathered waiting for their recyclables to be collected, which are the Recyclespay Covid-19 Support Project and #MaskUpSlum Project. He said, the project is a way of giving palliative to the communities as a result of the Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is the reason the organisation is giving double the amount that is normally paid for the recyclables per kilogram and also gave them mask as a means to curb the community transmission of the covid-19 pandemic.

While speaking to AIT (African Independence Television) correspondent, Mr Akhigbe mentioned that African Cleanup Initiative works with low-income communities and Ajegunle is one the low income communities they have being working with since the inception of the Recyclespay Educational Program.

These interventions was made possible with the support of the Coca-Cola Foundation. And other Individuals and Organisations that partnered with us.

The program for the day kicked off with the volunteers being put into groups of 5 by Mr. Shedrack Bright, the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of African Cleanup Initiative. The groups include, Photography, Welfare, Weighing team and Protocol/Security. Everyone took position and immediately swung into action.


Some of the Partners expressed their thoughts and impact of the project and equally sensitized the people of Ajegunle community on how to stay healthy and be environmentally responsible.

Some of the beneficiaries shared their expression of joy after the project as they were delighted to have the opportunity to be among those that benefited from this timely intervention.

Mrs. Elia, a widow  narrated her story how she has been picking bottles for a while to survive but a company who she prefers not to mention their name have come to pick them up but up till date they didn’t give her money which has affected her but she’s so glad that she brought her bottles today and was paid immediately with other gift items. She thanked Coca-Cola Foundation and Africa Cleanup Initiative for organizing this kind of project.


Another beneficiary Mrs. Nwanchi described the project as a good one which has helped in cleaning her surroundings. She then thanked Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting this project.

Alhaji Aribiyan a beneficiary stated how glad he is at the project as it helped in cleaning his environment and as well provide money to do basic things for him and his family. He thanked Coca-Cola Foundation and African Cleanup Initiative for a project like this.

The CEO of African Cleanup Initiative, Mr. Alexander Akhigbe in his closing remarks expressed his excitement and thanked the Coca-Cola Foundation for their support and the other partners for the success of the project.


The total recovered recyclables collected from the project are: Pet bottles 1774.3 and glass bottles- 7.5kg.