In a remarkable initiative aimed at fostering education and empowerment, The Sowore Foundation celebrated a two-day event, “Come to Kiribo,” held in Kiribo, Ondo State, resulting in over 100 applicants receiving scholarships and empowerment awards.
The beneficiaries, carefully selected from across Nigeria but with a predominant focus on indigenes of Ondo State, comprise students from tertiary institutions and skilled artisans.
Notable among the student beneficiaries are Adewole Folasade from Ondo State College of Health Technology, Irinyemi Ayeomo from Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Ero Faith from Edo State Polytechnic, Moses Roseline from Millinium College of Health, and Amos Lucas from Novena University.
Some of the artisan beneficiaries of the cash empowerment scheme include Emola Monday, Tosin Emmanuel, Lupin Temetan, Owolewa Ebunoluwa, Balawa Tunmise, Adenike Ogunniyi, Liopo Temitayo, Ebun Julius, Jimi Moses, and Joseph Kehinde.
The two-day extravaganza, held from January 1st to 2nd, featured a delightful picnic at the enchanting Ago Baba Tayo island, a thrilling boat regatta competition, exciting track events, and a competitive swimming contest.
The grand finale on Monday night showcased additional events such as a thought-provoking quiz competition, an adrenaline-pumping football contest, and a mesmerizing dancing competition, each adorned with prizes for the talented winners.
The Sowore Foundation, the visionary organizer behind this impactful event, was established in 2005 in memory of the late human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore’s father, David Sowore and has been transforming lives by awarding scholarships to indigent students since then.
Dignitaries, including Fanny Amun, MON, former Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation and ex Super Eagles coach, who triumphantly led the Nigeria national under-17 team to victory at the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship; the renowned Adjarho Obaro, also known as World Wrapper Man; and Akinwunmi Sowore, the Ondo State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, graced the prestigious occasion.
This momentous event not only reflects the commitment of The Sowore Foundation to education and empowerment but also serves as a beacon of hope for the recipients, marking the beginning of promising journeys ahead.