UK-Based Nigerian Motivational Speaker Launches 100 Scholarships for Makoko Girls
- Celebrates his 53rd birthday with 53 girls
• Takes them to watch Black Panters movie
• Announces educational scholarship for 100 indigent girls
By Tajudeen Hamzat
Eminent Nigerian and UK-based motivational speaker and top human resources consultant, Dr. Dayo Olomu has advised girls to be focused and never give up on their dreams irrespective of their current situation and location.
He was speaking at an event hosted by CEE-HOPE on April 7 at Makoko, Lagos and which featured girls from CEE-HOPE’s Triple G programme in the community, even as the girls put up cultural performances to mark the second year anniversary of Dayo Olomu Foundation.
After the session, Fifty-Three girls were selected for a film outing in commemoration of Dr. Olomu’s 53rd birthday. CEE-HOPE’s girl empowerment programme that benefits several hundreds of girls across Lagos. The film of choice was the inspirational, The Black Panther.
While addressing the girls at Makoko, Dr Olomu urged them to be committed to their education and seek advice from knowledgeable individuals. He also fielded questions from them on academics, careers and other areas of life.
In her address at the occasion, the founder of CEE-HOPE, Betty Abah appreciated the Dayo Olomu Foundation for partnering with CEE-HOPE to impact lives of girls who live in what is considered to be the largest slum community in West Africa.
Abah highlighted the educational challenges children are faced with in Makoko which is a major reason CEE-HOPE is committed to the educational development of every children in the community so they can be responsible adults in future, in addition to other initiatives aimed at developing vulnerable children such as them. She revealed that some of the schools in Makoko operate a daily school fees-paying system of N50 (Fifty Naira) per day yet many parents cannot afford the amount.
The highpoint of the day came when to mark his 53rd birthday which will hold later in the year, Dr Olomu sponsored 53 girls to watch The Black Panther movie at Ozone Cinema in Yaba, close to Makoko. The benefiting girls where drawn from various sub-communities of Makoko including Ori-Oke, Iwaya, Sogunro and others. After the outing, the girls, led by the leader of the CEE-HOPE’s Girls-Go-for-Greatness (‘Triple G’) club in Makoko, Mariam Kusika, expressed gratitude to Mr. Olomu.
Not done, Dr. Olomu also kick-started a scholarship scheme, aimed at sponsoring 100 children from Makoko ultimately, by announcing 10 scholarships for a start. The first recipient is 9-year-old Eleojo Gift Adaji, a Primary Four pupil in Makoko, whose school fees he paid almost immediately.
Abah appreciated Dr Olomu who was accompanied by Mr and Mrs Ayoola Iwayemi, for their kind gestures and desire to impact lives.
For the girls, it was indeed a quite momentous and most memorable engagement.
Dr. Dayo Olomu being presented with CEE-HOPE campaign materials by Betty Abah while Makoko chief, Mr. Wale Akintimehin watches