Linda Osifo: Doing big things at 30

In celebrating her 30th birthday, award-winning actress, model, and philanthropist, Linda Osifo, who was recently named as one of the most dynamic young women in Nollywood today, releases stunning new pictures with TIMELESS as its theme.

Photographed by Nigerian creative photographer, Kelechi Amadi Obi, often described as one of Nigeria’s groundbreaking celebrity photographers who has “helped put Nigerian photography on the world map”, the soft-spoken actress said she’s thankful to God for adding another year.

: “I’m thankful for the influences I have had in my life. What I know for a fact is do not let anyone who knows nothing about you or has never walked a day in your shoes tell you how to live your life. Always remember that black is beautiful and black doesn’t crack. And to young African women, I’ll say: Strive to be a woman of substance and embrace your imperfections with confidence and self-love. Your looks alone shouldn’t define who you are. Your authentic self is your best self, flaws and all. You will always be a gem; original, unique, and exquisite”.

Known for her love for less-privileged children and the support she provides several orphanages in Lagos, the gorgeous Edo native has maintained a yearly birthday tradition of creating the time and reserving the energy to give back to society, through CSR activities organized by her Love and Oneness Foundation (LAO) which has ongoing projects like ‘The Child to school Project’ and ‘The Clean water for all Project’, whereby every year she donates food items and laptops to orphanages. This year, the beneficiary of Linda’s benevolence is The Arrows of God Orphanage Home, Oke Ira-Nla, Ajah, Lagos: A safe haven and a charitable trust organization that provides support for abused and neglected children, where they will receive seven brand new personal computers for the children.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the founder Rev. Lt. Col. D.C. Ogo (Rtd) and the orphanage, an emotional Mrs. Funke Francis said ‘’Thank you on behalf of the founder of the home for having Arrows of God in mind. It is not everyone who will think outside the box and beyond the immediate needs to take it upon themselves to set up e-learning facilities for the kids”. On Linda’s part, she feels blessed to be able to be a part of putting smiles on these children’s faces. Linda said “I have been very much involved in community work growing up as a young girl and I have come to understand that one of the things we can do without expecting much back is to give back to the people. I chose the orphanage home because my father was orphaned at a very young age and I can understand the grief he went through. My part and that of the LAO Foundation is to eradicate poverty and illiteracy and I can do this by donating these PCS”.

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