Olamide Adedeji, also known as ‘Baddo’, advised pupils of Command Children School, Ikeja, Lagos, to be hard-working, have mentors, and be focused on their studies.
He spoke on Thursday, at the itel Nigeria 2022 Children’s Day party which took place at the Command Children School, Ikeja, Olamide, who is also the itel brand ambassador told the pupils to dream big and should not let their environment hold them down.
He said, ‘‘I am a kid from the corner that chose not to let his environment decide what he becomes. Through hard work, dedication, and prayers you can achieve greatness. You can become what you want to become without allowing your background to affect you. It is good to get yourself a mentor. Make sure you are focused. To some people, success is power, money, and education, everyone here should be able to have one of these things. Success is a function of the mind. Never be pressured, always put in your best.’’
itel Marketing Manager for West Africa, Oke Umurhohwo, said, “Children’s Day is an annual day set aside to celebrate our children, the leaders, pacesetters, and stars of tomorrow. It is because of them that we chose to begin the Love Always On initiative, and it is because of them we will continue to give back to society. Our children deserve to be celebrated and supported in every possible way because the future belongs to them.’
‘‘It is exciting to see how itel has incorporated sustainable development goals into its core business strategies, making it a brand that doesn’t just provide smartphones and appliances for everyone, but also a brand that cares deeply for the needs of its consumers and society at large. With itel, love is always on.’’
itel donated mobile libraries, textbooks, school bags, and other educational materials to the pupils.
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Head Teacher, Mr Abdulrazak Jimoh appreciated itel for its kind gesture.
Also in a different location, Presidential aspirant and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi advised Nigerians to always consider the future of the children in their political decisions.
Obi also gave the advice against the backdrop of the 2022 Children’s Day commemoration, marked every May 27.
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Obi, whose popular slogan is: “The society we abuse today will take its revenge on our children tomorrow”, said the slogan was born out of the pattern he observed over the years, where politicians do not think about tomorrow and about the children, insisting that no country can survive by recklessness and extravagance.
He said the parameters of national development continue to point towards uncertainty for the future of Nigerian children, owing to the failure of governance in different tiers.
According to him, unless the present dangerous trend of failure is reversed, the Nigerian child will remain disadvantaged.
Obi urged Nigerians to leverage the coming elections and elect a leader who has the interest of the people at heart, noting that they must avoid being seduced into transactional politics and ensure that only credible persons, with track records of success, are elected into power.
He advised children to remain on good behaviour, take their education seriously and remain law-abiding and useful to the society while wishing them a happy children’s day.