Unarguably, it is sad when you lose a loved one.
But you are consoled when you realise again that the deceased lived a fulfilled life worthy of emulation.
This feeling becomes more tellingly effective considering the reaction of Nigerian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Maureen Tamuno, to the passing of her father, Elder Clement Chepaka, recently.
The patriarch of the Chepaka family of Agbabiri in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State died at 93.
The late Chepaka, who was a media practitioner and producer with the Rivers State Ministry of Information, was a statesman, a custodian of history and tradition and disciplinarian to boot.
In a condolence message, President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with the High Commissioner over the passing of her father and family’s patriarch.
In a statement, the President sympathized with the family, friends and associates of the departed, urging them to find solace in his good works, especially at the Rivers State Ministry of Information and Broadcast, where he worked for many years as a producer and broadcaster.
President Buhari also prayed for the repose of the soul of Elder Chepaka.
Although the date for the burial is yet to be announced by the family, a source revealed that plans are ongoing to give their patriarch a befitting burial.
Tanumo, a woman blessed with brains, beauty and confidence, is someone who believes that women should play important roles in the society.
Over the years, she has continued to deploy her God-given talents to the service of humanity.
Since she was appointed as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, she has not disappointed her people and those who entrusted her with the job.
Omobola Ashabi Foundation Hosts fundraising Event for Poor Students, Vulnerable Women, Widows
The Omobola Ashabi Foundation with the aim and mission to ‘Give A Child Future’ has announced a fundraising event for an initiative targeted at breaking the cycle of poverty by helping children and women in marginalised communities to have access to quality education and training towards the possibility of a better life.
The foundation, put together by popular educationist and trained schoolteacher, Dame Mrs. Omobola Ashabi, was inspired by the need to advance quality and sustainable education for children, and empowerment for vulnerable women and widows in need. With education and personal growth with keen interest in women empowerment.
It is also committed to setting up a sustainable plan to bridge the gap of poverty and provide access to quality education for children and women who require the support to scale in their businesses.
The fundraising event for the Omobola Ashabi Foundation is scheduled to hold on Monday, May 16, 2022, at Holy Cross Schools, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. The event will coincide with the 66th birthday celebration of Dame Mrs. Omobola Ashabi who has devoted more than three decades of her existence to advancing child education, imparting knowledge, and promoting sustainable support to enable growth for women focused initiatives.
Commenting on the development, the promoter of the Foundation, Solape Akinpelu said: “Presently, over 30% of Nigerian children do not advance beyond primary education due to factors such as poverty, insurgency, insufficient funding in the education sector, cultural barriers, among others. With more than 10.5 million Nigerian children out of school, it is pertinent to have an initiative that helps scale up quality, affordable education for child, vulnerable women, and widows to build the next generation of human capital and place them at the center of an inclusive global economic recovery.”
“The foundation is also committed in helping to support child education and provide sustainable support for vulnerable women in low and middle-income homes, providing them with adequate support for non-formal education, technical and vocational training in addition to set-up funds for women,” she added.
The Omobola Ashabi Foundation is a non-governmental organization committed to the advancement of education for children, and empowerment for vulnerable women and widows through school sponsorship, seed funding and training programs, particularly in Ogun State.
Oando’s boss, Wale Tinubu’s gratitude for Mothers
A mother’s love is priceless.
A mother’s love is unconditional and never-ending.
It is always there to fill our hearts when we need it. We owe our mothers a lot in life and it is never in doubt that we cannot fully repay them for their love.
A child’s indebtedness to a mother for her unending and unselfish sacrifice is simply eternal.
They are always dedicated to make sure their children grow with joy and great health.
No doubt this may be one of the reasons Mother’s Day was established in 1914 to celebrate and honour mothers for their eternal love for their children.
As Mother’s Day is celebrated today across the world, Oando Group Chief Executive, Jubril Adewale Tinubu joins other people in the world to show gratitude to mothers.
The oil guru took to social media to pen a beautiful and powerful message.
‘To those who loved us even before they saw us, knew us before we were self-aware, saw our potential even when we were feeble, and laid the foundations so we could realise our ambitions, without you there would be no us’.
Happy Mother’s Day.
Also, Oando PLC also went poetic with powerful message in its Twitter handle:
A mother’s love is coloured cotton.
A million tiny threads woven with care.
Patterns and fabrics as bright and soft as her smile.
Warming cold nights, shielding tiny eyes from the sun’s blistering stare.
For all that you are and do, thank you.
Happy Mothers Day.
When Ex-Enugu Commissioner, Hon. Rita Mbah, Shone Bright Like a star
Her name would not make the list of top society ladies in Nigeria. However, It is not due to lack of the requisite qualities to be so described, she does not court cheap publicity, as Rita Mbah, three times Enugu State Commissioner comes across as a powerful inspiration to many in Enugu State where she has continued to dazzle all.
This lady of substance is one of the few ones among her peers blessed with remarkable brain, beauty and confidence.
During the administration of former governor Sullivan Chime, Obi, who was then a special assistant, earned the respect of many given her diligence and uprightness.
This, it was gathered, paved the way for her appointment in the Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Although her appointment as commissioner had been greeted with condemnation by some of her traducers, she was able to wormed her way into the hearts of many in the state as a result of her invaluable contributions to the state.
Perhaps, this also explains why she was said to have gotten the ears of the state governor until she left in 2019.
However, since she left the government she has continued to shine and remained relevant in the scheme of things in the state and beyond. She has proven that she was born to shine; and wouldn’t let anyone steals her light.
In all her humane deeds she does her things without expecting any reward from anyone.
Therefore, when she founded the Keepinghopeabreast Initiative and decided to offer free screening of 1,000 women annually for breast cancer, little did she know that some people had opened a dossier of sorts on her.
It, therefore, came as a pleasant surprise to the beautiful CEO of Modern Diagnostic Centre, Enugu when an organisation in faraway United Arab Emirates contacted and nominated her for an award.
She thought it was a joke initially when the organisers requested her profile.
It was gathered that the organisers had been most impressed with her intimidating profile.
Specifically, on March 12, 2022, the intelligent woman shone bright like the star that she is when she joined other prominent women who have shattered the glass ceilings to receive awards in Dubai.
An obviously elated Mbah, in her remarks on the occasion, said: “So ,when I decided to screen 1,000 women annually free for breast cancer, little did I know that an organisation in faraway United Arab Emirates would stumble on my Keepinghopeabreast initiative.
“Yes, they did and nominated me for this prestigious award. I was indeed honoured and humbled when they requested my profile and were convinced after going through my political journey as a woman that I deserved this award. I thank God for his blessing upon my life.
The internationally recognised awards organised by the Ladies in Business Magazine Global took place at the Double Tree By Hilton in Dubai.
It aims to recognize and appreciate ladies and women in business all over the world who have risen above their struggles and are now successful in their capacities.
It is also to encourage them to do more and achieve more.
The recognition did not come as a surprise to many who are aware of the antecedent of the brainy woman who has succeeded in all her endeavours in the past.
Mbah, a graduate of Micro-Biology from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa, obtained an Associate in Medical Laboratory Science (A.M.L.S) from the Federal College of Veterinary & Medical Laboratory Sciences NVRI, Vom Plateau State was first a former Special Adviser on Intergovernmental Affairs and Multilateral Partnerships and then a former Commissioner for Special Duties to Governor Sullivan Chime; a former Secretary , Enugu Movement for Goodluck Jonathan 2015; a former Secretary , Gburugburu Campaign Organisation 2015; a former Commissioner for Special Duties to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi , 2015 and a former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in 2017.
She also served as a member of the Enugu State Economic Advisory Committee alongside top and respected personalities such as the former Deputy Senate President , Ike Ekweremadu and the Founder of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing, Innocent Chukwuma.
Apart from her enviable political positions , she is the Chief Executive Officer of Modern Diagnostic Centre Enugu as well as CEO, Holiday Lights ( Commercial Christmas décor company).
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