The Olumeka Daniel Enwemike Foundation (ODEF) has donated an additional 220 books to over a hundred Deaf students of Andrew Foster Memorial college (AFMC) and Christian Mission School for the Deaf (CMSD) in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
Executive Director of the foundation, Olumeka Enwemike noted that these schools are among the first Deaf schools established in Nigeria by the late Dr. Andrew Foster in 1960.
According to Olumeka, he visited the schools occasionally before his migration and he knows some generous people there. He therefore feels so obliged to extend his philanthropic gesture to these two schools in celebration of his birthday.
Enwemike also disclosed how he had always dreamt of setting up a foundation during his time at University (National Open University of Nigeria) some four years ago.
He added that his aim for setting up the foundation was to promote the welfare of children in need given the level of poverty and social injustice in society. In addition, it will bring about a positive change in society’s social structure for a better tomorrow. According to him, the organization will also help orphanages/ destitute homes, etc.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the students and management of CMSD and AFMC, Assistant Supervisor, Ayanwole Babatunde John appreciated ODEF for the gifts to the students. He thanked ODEF on behalf of the CEO, Pastor Emmanuel Ilabor for his kind gesture, praying he never lacks in life.
Going down memory lane on the relationship between him and the celebrant, John added “I know Olumeka very well when he was one of my football players at the Federal College of Education special (FCEs), Oyo. I trained him to dribble and shoot the round leather. I am very proud of him today.”
John encouraged the celebrant to keep doing his best for deaf children and urged him to support some parents who couldn’t afford school fees for their children.
He called on other Deaf owned philanthropic organizations like the Chidi Olujie Foundation, to focus more on assisting deaf children in Nigeria.
Babatunde also called on Governor Seyi Makinde to help the school secure a permanent site along the Lagos – Ibadan expressway for the proposed future Deaf University, Vocational Center, and others.
“We are calling on the Governor to support by giving building funds”, he said.