Queen Moremi Ajasoro, Miss Shola Shittu visited some schools in Ijegun, a suburb of Lagos to celebrate their End of Session activities in a bid to identify with indigent children.
During her visit to about four schools in the area, she offered scholarship to some indigent children who could not afford to pay their fees.
Miss Shittu, who was represented by Mrs Vivian Onyebukwa, said at the end of the tour that the gesture was in line with her pet project of caring for less privileged children.
“I am pleased to associate mlplyself with children in the suburbs to see and feel their pains, this is in line with the vision of his imperial majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
” His vision of giving back to the society is directly implemented through the House of Oduduwa Foundation and managed by Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, who sent me to this area, she said.
According to her, there are so many children out there who cannot afford to go to school due to one reason or the other and that is what we have set out to do.
While she was in Holy Family School, Ijegun, the queen awarded scholarship to Kamoli Olajide, a student moving from Junior school to the senior school.
She said Olajide was selected because he lost his father and the mother had an accident that kept her away from doing any job to earn a living for several months.
She added that she would offer more scholarships to more less priveledged school children through the kind gesture of the House of Oduduwa foundation during her subsequent visits.
“These children are blessings from God to our parents and we must offer a hand of fellowship to encourage them achieve their goals, and when we do so, we are also helping to reduce crime in the society.
” If we don’t encourage these children to go to school, they would eventually be lured into youth vices as gangsterism, cultists, cybercrime, and several other vices in the society,” she said.
Shittu also urged the parents to monitor their children whenever they returned home, adding that the contemporary children pick up bad traits from the schools.
She further commended the three students moving from Junior school to the senior school, Kamoli Olajide, Blessing Kelechi and Angela Obute, who had spent 12 years in the school to remain focused and consistent in their studies.
Reacting to the offer, the mother of award recipient, Mrs Adebisi Olajide, a parent in Holy Family School, who wept in joy, though she spoke in yoruba language, thanked the queen and all that assisted in selecting her son to be the lucky receipient.
” I thank Queen Moremi and Oduduwa Foundation, for giving me this great offer, may God continue to bless her and her team, i also thank Oba Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, the great giver, who is promoting these projects of reaching out to the less previledged in the society.
“I want to also thank the foundation, managed by the Queen’s cultural ambassador, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, who sent the queen to our local area, may God bless them and give them the spirit to reach out to more families,” she said.
The recipient, Kamoli Olajide, while appreciating the offer, said that the queen had restored his lost hope of continuing with his senior secondary school education which was almost lost.
“I thank God for this offer by the queen because my mum initially said that she would not able to continue with my senior school education.
” she said I would remain a tailor which I had been going for training after school hours because no one was there to assist her, ” he said.
The Parent’s Teacher’s Association (PTA) chairperson of Holy Family School, Mrs Ethel Orji commended the queen for showing an act of humility and care for the less priveledged in the society.
“We are highly honoured to have the beauty queen in our midst, it shows her humility for coming to a local area to mix up with the less previledged children and most amazing, offering hope to the downtrodden,” she said.
The coordinator of the school, Mr Gerald Emejom said the visit of the queen was a boost to not just the school, but the community, and he also urged other celebrities to emulate her kind gesture.
A science teacher in Holy family school, Victor Mbuba appealed to the Ooni to assist them with computers and boosting the laboratory rooms, in a bid to encourage more science children.
Also speaking, the proprietor of Alex schools, that performed “Queen Moremi Ajasoro” dance drama, Mr Alex Akin, commended the Ooni of Ife for promoting culture through this project of the queen.
“It is a nice thing that an oba is projecting our tradition and culture through this Queen Moremi project and is bringing it down to our children in the schools.
” He deserves good commendation because our children are fast loosing their culture and this should be tackled as fast as possible through such a program, ” he said.
According to the proprietor of Prevailer Schools, Mr Austeen Agali, the House of Oduduwa Foundation is doing a good job by reaching the less previledged children in the suburbs.
He noted that immediate past Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, came to Ijegun in 2017 to share the plights of the down trodden children, and Queen Moremi is doing same, he then urged other beauty queens to emulate such gestures.
“It is not just enough to become a beauty queen without having to reach out, feel and witness the life of the downtrodden, that alone has boosted the queen’s personality.
According to Mrs Alli, the proprietor of Matoik Schools, Atan, who was a guest, the House of Oduduwa Foundation that is promoting the queen should extend this gesture to more schools.
” This visit will remain in the minds of these children and would encourage them on humily and sacrifice, we are highly honoured to have the beauty queen in our midst, may God provide for the foundation to extend more fellowship, ” she said.
The queen gave out gift items to school children during her visit to Holy Family Schools, Alex School, Privailer School and Patrician School, all in the same suburb.
Highlight of the event was a colourful Bata dance, a specially composed song for the queen by Holy family school and the Queen Moremi Ajasoro dance drama by Alex School.