Origami Society Nigeria was built to spread the passion and possibilities of Origami arts in Nigeria. We are a charity-based initiative with a mission to promote cultural integration, social empathy, mental health awareness and peace among nations or groups through Origami. It started with enthusiasts from the 3 seasons of our origami therapy challenge, a free virtual mental therapy through origami that we did to help people through the lockdown imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Our first project tagged, ‘Origami in Mental Health’ led by Oluwatobi Sodimu and co-Founder Olympus Ade-Banjo, was held in October 2020 in commemoration of World Mental Health Day. The 2-day event kicked off with a virtual conference on the 9th of October and was concluded with an outreach the following day. The virtual conference was first of its kind in Nigeria and most definitely in the West African sub-region as it was graced by the presence of origami heavyweights from around the world, mental health experts, nutrition expert, and a consultant psychiatrist from Nigeria; who all expounded on the topics of mental health, the role of Theragami as a contemporary intervention in mental health and local actions to improve mental health advocacy in under reached communities.
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