On Sunday 16th September 2013 Nollywood superstar, Monalisa Chinda lit up the hearts of female prisoners at the Kirikiri Prison, Apapa, Lagos with an exhilarating charity visit which lasted several hours.
Aside donating various items including food stuffs, cloths, under wears, toiletries, perfumes, provisions and the likes through her Arise Monalisa Foundation, the multiple award-winning actress took her time to interact and encourage the prison inmates who were overjoyed to receive her.
The visit came to a high point as passionately Monalisa emboldened the inmates to keep hope alive as there is nothing impossible for God. “Though we may not be in control of what happens to us in life, we are absolutely responsible for our reactions to what happens to us. And it is our reaction that ultimately determines the results and quality of our lives. On getting here today, I was told some inmates were recently released by strange interventions, so this can’t be the end for you.” she said.
Some of the prison inmates couldn’t help their teardrops as she continued. “I want you to know that there is more to your life than your present state and, no matter what anyone has said to you, there is hope for you." She also shared a word of prayer as she bonded with the beaming inmates who couldn’t contain their joy and excitement.
Although the inmates were not allowed be photographed, they all had a great time bonding with Monalisa who made a commitment to regularly visit and send items to them from henceforth.
As is her custom, during the week which also marked her birthday, the actress also visited the Patrick Speech & Languages School in Lagos – which cares for autistic children – to make donations as well.