The 2nd edition of Oba Adewamiri Ayokulehin Olaide Memorial and Prince Kayode Olaide annual scholarship scheme took place at Keme Balogun College in Ibeshe.
Organised by Prince Kayode Olaide, the event dated the 6th of April 2023, brought old students of the college, former teachers, principals and parents to the school for favourable motives.
Former Minister for Works and Housing, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, a strong source of support to both the school and the scholarship scheme, also made his presence felt.
The first edition (which occurred in 2021) saw 28 students awarded from the course notched up in 2023, as a total of 41 students benefited from the scholarships.
Even teachers were not left out of the support system, as Prince Kayode Olaide, in his remarks made it clear that the role of teachers which enhances the performances of students must also be acknowledged.
Speaking further, Prince Kayode Olaide said the program aims to encourage the academic performance of students, the same way he was helped during his early age.
He continued, “I was educated to understand that giving back is a necessity of life and also, we rise by lifting others”.
“I was provided support which aided me to finish from Keme Balogun in 1991, and afterwards I moved to Somolu and coached students preparing for JAMB and WAEC for 20yrs before travelling out of the shores of Nigeria”.
“In 2021, the need to give back set in, so I came back to Nigeria to set this scholarship scheme in motion. It’s a program I envision not only for Ikorodu but also for the entire Lagos State”.
Explaining the program’s impact, Prince Kayode said for the past 3yrs, the school has maintained a good standard in WAEC exams, due to boosts from programs like this.
“Students are now imbibing the competitive spirit to earn educational victories, knowing that at the end of the year, this program is coming to appreciate academic feats” he asserted.
Senator Adeseye Ogunleye, in his speech, said support programs like this must be encouraged because the Nigerian government has not put the adequate structure in place to propel school graduates.
He said that if the 1.6 million students that write JAMB yearly is well catered for, Nigeria will be a very sophisticated Nation in terms of providing top-notch educated individuals cut across numerous field of study.
Using the medium to urge the government in taking the educational sector of the country more seriously, Sen. Ogunlewe advised the students not to give up on their studies, exhorting them to keep up their pursuit as support will arrive when due.
Mr Adegoke Olatunde, Principal of Keme Balogun Senior College and Mrs O. Ameh Moyib, Principal of Keme Balogun Junior College, both in their respective speeches thanked Prince Kayode Olaide for always reaching out to support the students.
Before the start of the program, a free medical check-up was also facilitated by the old students association to mark their 30th anniversary.
The program was anchored by Otunba Dare Odufowokan, Editor, of The Nations Newspapers, and an analyst at TVC.
Others in attendance include; The Council of Baales representing the Olubeshe of Ibeshe, Mr Akeem Bello, Principal Oriwu Senior Model College, Mr Kunle Adelabu, Publisher, The Impact Newspaper, and Bar. Kabiru Olawale, Mr Kazeem T.D, Evangelist Folakemi Bamidele, Mr Ganiu Olaide, Mrs Jeniliat Olaide, Mr Kola Fadero, Alhaja Animashaun Bashina, Mr Adeleke Shoderu, Mr Salami M.O, Mr Ali Mujide and more.
A special recognition award was also presented to Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe at the climax of the event by Prince Kayode Olaide.
Both Principals of Keme Balogun Senior and Junior College were also recognised with a special Award by the organisers.
The 2023 edition of the scholarship scheme benefited students that performed well during the 2022 academic assessment year.
JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL BENEFICIARIES;
1. John Ester Ngozi
Best Student In Mathematics, (Jss 1)
2. Ugbaja Ebere Mercy
Best Student In English Studies, (Jss 1)
3. Ekuma Joshua Francis
Best Student In Basic Science And Tech. (Jss 1)
4. Olurode Waliu Akono
Best Student In Religious And Vocational Studies (Jss1)
5. Adesina Kaosara Eniola
Best Student In Business Studies Jss 1
6. Daniel Oluwakemi Grace
Best Student In Mathematics Jss 2:
7. Alina Chinelo Ovu
Best Student In English Studies Jss 2
8. Isaac Olaitan Bolatito
Best Student In Basic Science And Tech.Jss 2
9. Najeemdeen Abdullahi
Best Student In Religious And Vocational Studies, Jss 2:
10. Ajayi Eniola
Best Student In Business Studies, Jss 2:
11. Ajani Testimony Jesutofunmi (Jss 2)
Overall Best Student In Mathematics:
12. Akinsola Taiwo Janet
Overall Best Student In English Studies (Jss 3,)
13. Bill Faith Effiong
Best Student In English Studies Jss 3
14. James Praise Favour
Best Student In Mathematics Jss 3
15. Oganija Idris Olawale
Best Student In Religious And Vocational Studies Jss 3
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