My Vision To Be A Blessing To Others Dates Back To Childhood – Odita
… Equips Over 500 Orphans To Resume School, Empowers 2 Widows
By: Patrick Ochei
One of Nigeria’s most resourceful journalists and founder of Anioma Youth Network, Mr. Odita Sunday has revealed the secret behind his philanthropy, adding that his vision for such dated back to when he was a child.
He made this revelation at the third edition of the Anioma Back To School Project, which he dedicated to orphans this year by giving not less than 500 of them school bags, long and short notebooks, math sets, dictionaries, King James bibles, novels and others to enable them resume school unhindered.
Odita who gave thanks to God for the grace to embark on the project, recalled growing up without the care of a mother. He said he grew up with people and at a time, was a shop keeper for one of his uncles at Onicha-Ugbo.
He also paid glowing tribute to Prince Ned Nwoko whom he described as a wonderful philanthropist, worthy of emulation. He said a poor teacher with St. Pius Secondary School Onicha-Ugbo was seriously sick and needed N2 million for treatment; and just by a text message to the Star Prince to help, he responded and had subsequently paid N2 million into the teacher’s account.
He affirmed that Prince Ned was one of his inspirations for doing what he is doing today.
Odita equally appreciated the monarch of Onicha-Ugbo, Obi Victor Chukwumalieze, former Deputy Comptroller of Immigration, Mr. Brasca Ifeadi, former Director of DSS, Mr. Mike Ejiofor, the Ihama of Onicha-Ugbo, Chief Nmadu Nwayobuije and a host of others for keying into the project since three years ago.
He said apart from a donation of 40 pieces of big King James bible and 10 small ones from a police officer, ACP Akinbayo Olasoji and a former course mate who donated 48 pieces of math sets from her supermarket in Lagos, he stressed that over 80 percent of the funding comes from his personal savings.
He therefore, appealed to the orphaned pupils and students to make judicious use of the materials by studying hard to become better citizens in the society.
He stated that there were calls for him to spread the project beyond Delta State, promising to start two editions every year – one for Delta and another elsewhere. He posited that what he is doing has no political bearing but the desire to contribute to changing the society while remaining a proud participant in the private sector.
Before the special guests of honour gave their speeches, there was a quiz competition between St. Pius Secondary School Onicha-Ugbo, Onicha-Ugbo Mixed Secondary School and St. Stephen’s School Onicha-Ugbo. However, St. Pius emerged winner while Onicha-Ugbo Mixed and St. Stephen’s emerged first runner up and second runner up respectively.
Speaking to the pupils and students, the representatives of Hon. Onyemaechi Mrakpor, CP Adeleke Adeyinka, Prince Ned Nwoko and Abba Kyari told the stories of their growing up while advising them to shun vices capable of jeopardizing their chances of better future but instead to focus on their studies and launch themselves to the top.
The highpoint of the ceremony was the presentation of the school materials to the beneficiaries, as well as the presentation of cheques to two widows to start a petty trade of their choices.
Moreover, the Star Prince of Anioma, Hon. Dr. Ned Nwoko was equally presented with the Star Award for Charity as a mark of appreciation for his kind gestures towards the needy in the society.