NIDCOM Urges Nigerians to Emulate MBE Holder
The selfless attitude of Aina Olasubomi-Obe- a recipient of the third highest British Honour of Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) - is to be emulated by all Nigerians. This is the view of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM.)
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the call while receiving the United Kingdom (UK)-based Nigerian in Abuja, noting that the awardee has uplifted the lives of 10,000 youths in Nigeria and many less privileged persons in UK.
Dabiri-Erewa, while decorating Olasubomi-Obe with the title “Diaspora Ambassador” for her humanitarian service, noted that she represented a true Nigerian in the diaspora imbued with passion for selfless service to humanity, particularly youths in the country and UK. She also urged her to keep up the good work to humanity.
“And we said it is not all about government all the time. For her and her NGO (non-governmental organization) alone to touch the lives of about 10,000 youths, she should be celebrated.”
“Apart from that, she is in Nigeria working to enhance the lives of Nigerian youths; that is why we decorated her as our diaspora ambassador because you see she is focusing on selfless things.”
“Mrs Olasubomi-Obe represents the actual Nigerian in the Diaspora. She is in the UK doing selfless things, selfless service, working with the youth there.”
“She is an example of how we should be as a people; she's doing her part, you are doing your part; if we all do our parts collectively, we will build a better society," said Dabiri-Erewa.
Olasubomi-Obe while earlier presenting the award to Dabiri-Erewa, said her passion to uplift the less privileged earned her the award.
Recounting her tough start, she said sometimes she would do odd jobs in order to raise funds for humanitarian purposes.
She said that her foundation, “Light-up Foundation" had been able to impact the lives of thousands of people positively through various humanitarian programmes both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
“I spend everything I have, so far there is problem on (the) ground; my goal is to ensure we solve the problem. So, whatever I have got goes into it. I cannot count the number of people I have impacted.”
“I started with the children in the SOS home (while I was) in secondary school and when I got to Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile-Ife, that was when I started Light-Up Foundation and it started Organization for Youth and Women Affairs.”
“So, I must tell you that I cannot quantify how much I have invested; I'm sold out to humanity," Olasunbomi-Obe said.
Aina Olasubomi-Obe- was on November 26, formally installed as Member of the British Empire (MBE.)
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)