By Niyi Tabiti
This morning happens to be one of my happiest days in life because I was able to fufill a mission. Remember, I wrote on this blog sometime ago that a group of young Nigerians living in the United States of America sent thousands of school items that would help less priviledged pupils in our public schools.
Due to some circumstances beyond control,we couldnt do it much earlier, we re-scheduled the presentation and finally, it was done this morning.
I thank Mutiu Leshi and friends who thought it fit to provide for the needs of these kids without askig for anything. I was very happy because it was a positive impact.
Two schools that benefitted from the materials this morning are African Church Primary School, Meiran, Ijaiye, Lagos and Community Primary School, Meiran, Ijaiye, Lagos.
You will be moved to tears when you see some of the pupils. On a monday morning, you see kids wearing dirty and torn uniform. Some of them came to school bare footed. Obviously, you can read on their faces that some of them are hungry.
There are classes where you see five or sex pupils stuggling to manage the same desk. When we got to one of the classes where the materials were distributed. Three most brilliant pupils were called out to shake hands
and receive special gifts. Two of them wore rubber slippers while one of them came to school bare footed in this age!
Photo 1- Some of the materials
Photo 2- A class in Community Primary school, Meiran
Photo 3- Some elated pupils after receiving shapners and erazers.
Photo 4- When I ( Niyi Tabiti) was presenting materials to Mrs. Adeyemi Lucia Ayodele, Head Teacher of African Primary School, Meiran,Lagos.
Photo 5-Three of the best pupil in a class
Photo 6- Another 'classroom'
Photo 7-pupils in a classroom ( They are so many..in fact if their population alone vote for Obama, he would win the election in a landslide victory)
Photo 8- When I ( Niyi Tabiti) was showing some of the materials to Mrs.
Akinde Risikat, the Head Teacher, Meiran Community Primary School,
Members of the group that sent the materials are
Mutiu Leshi ---- Founder and co-ordinator of the program. I presently work for MorganStanley.
Ese Aigbegun---- she is very resourceful, and she has acted as the organization publicity manager. She presently work for MorganStanley.
Jong Lee--- He is from Asia but very concerned about any issues affecting motherland. I will call him Asian African. he is been very supportive both physically and financially. He presently work for Decorum.
Dimeji Ayanwale-- He works for Citibank.
Tunde Tella --- He is a former employee of Oceanic bank Lagos, and presently an MBA student at University of Connecticut ( UCONN). He is one of our volunteers. He is very emotional about the issues affecting Africa educational system.
Bidemi Babajide--- He is a former IT student at Intercontinental Bank, and presently a Freshman at Baruch College. One of our dedicated Volunteer and Fatima Olude - She is very supportive and committed to the organization. She is one of the Nigeria in diasporas that has never been to Nigeria , but the committed to the growth of the continent. She graduated from University of Illinois in Chicago.
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