There are some certain individuals in life who are inherently generous and charitable. Nothing pleases them than the act of “giving”. They are fondly called natural born givers!
Kyle Irwin, a one time sociologist researcher, with the sociology department of Baylor University in Texas revealed that “givers” can be quite unpopular at times, because they make certain people look bad. Or make them feel jealous or like they are not doing enough. Hence, they ensure that “givers” are punished at all cost!
And talking about one man who has a heart of gold and looks out for the less privileged, Bamidele Omosehin is that man.
The founder of Bamidele Omosehin Foundation, BOF, hails from Iju Odo, in Okitipupa Local Government area of Ondo state, the business mogul has a grass to grace story, like most other affluent individuals. On several media publications, he has claimed to be a product of hard work and consistency.
Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson once said Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” This is why every act of kindness is significant. It is not the amount that matters, but the very thought itself.
With investments across various sectors of the economy, Bamidele Omosehin is not just businessman, but also a giver and education enthusiast who has spent over a decade of his life helping the poor, widows and the less privileged.
Due to his love and affection for the needy, in 2020, launched the Bamidele Omosehin Foundation, with the vision of providing help and succour to widows and orphans in Ikale land.
The foundation among other things is to alleviate extreme poverty in communities across the country by providing clean drinking water, food, and encouraging the education and empower young and old.
Since it started two years ago, the foundation has so far touched directly the lives of over 500 widows, who to a large extent were left stranded due to situations of life, and has also indirectly rubbed positively on over 1000 households.
The foundation has also succeeded in paying for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) fees of over 100 students drawn from private and public schools in Okitipupa Local Governemnt Area of Ondo State.
According to him, setting up the foundation was his little way of contributing to the growth of the Ikale nation and putting smiles on the faces of the needy, particularly in Ikale land.
He noted that his desire to reach out to the poor, the brilliant but indigent children of schooling age and the orphans motivated him to establish the foundation as a means through which these less privileged ones can have their education updated without having to encounter financial hiccups and securing their future.
“Giving scholarships to students willing to be educated but are financially handicapped is a philosophy which I embraced as a memorial to my own growing up years in Ikale land as a student who never had it easy” he said.
It is also worthy of note that BOF, has offered to fund the 18 year old # EndSARS protester, Kemisola Ogunniyi who gave birth in the custody of the Nigeria Correctional Service, Ondo State Command through her University education.
In promoting sports and grassroots development, the diehard football enthusiast, during the Yuletide season organised the Bamidele Omosehin Football competition to showcase talents from the grassroots and give necessary supports in actualizing their dreams.
Bamidele has continued to demonstrate his affection for his people, task after task, no matter the cost. In spite of the economic crunch in the country.
As Bamidele continues to give himself to the service of humanity and God. What should, therefore, be done is for Ikale people to support him so that we can build a society that thrives on human and communal compassion.
While felicitating with him on the occasion of his birthday and wishing him many more years of selfless service to humanity, it is my prayer and hope that this humble visionary achiever, peace Ambassador, dependable personality, and compassionate character is set for greater impact in Ikale land, Ondo state and Nigeria in the years ahead.
Bayo Jimoh, a journalist and psephologist writes from Abuja, Nigeria.