Child Care Unit, Poly Road, Adebayo, Ibadan.

6th Feb, 2016


Total Attendance: 150+ (110 Children and staff, 40+ well-wishers)

As reported by Tunde Badmus


“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give”

-Winston Churchill


“The most devastating thing you can ever do to yourself is to give up; because help is on the way”

-Tunde Akinola





Nothing excites me and gives me a sense of fulfillment like meeting someone’s need which is why I felt my last birthday celebration would be a perfect time to touch the lives of wonderful kids at the Child Care Unit (orphanage), Ibadan. My birthday mate (Adeola Adedeji) and I agreed to actualize this dream, and Feb 6 became a turning point in the lives of over 110 children.


The outreach was tagged ‘Hope to thrive again’ because it’s aim is to reawaken souls that feel they are neglected, rejected and written off by their parents, family, nation and perhaps you, yes, you, simply because of what their fate became and because the world stopped caring.


The occasion featured a great speech by a young superstar Ogunbowale Olugbenga and powerful prayers from Pastor Opeyemi Oyeyemi. Gift items including noodles, diapers, disinfectants, raw food, beverages, Clothes and Shoes donated while the children were served a delicious lunch!




The children were uniformly dressed and in high spirits ahead of the occassion. The decoration crew put finishing touches to the look of the hall. Dignitaries and well-wishers from all walks of life arrived and exchanged pleasantries and pictures.




MC Joshua invited the pastor to give a short opening prayer and two of the children led us in a thrilling worship session. A few folks shared on what they knew about the 2 birthday celebrants. Deola was described as a very nice lady reputable for being straight forward with others. Tunde was characterized as a man of honour, who is a role model for the younger ones with peers alike!


The guest speaker, Ogunbowale Olugbenga wasted no time in delivering a sensational speech. Not only did He entertain the children by teaching them two kinds of clap (Milo and Locomotive), He cited examples of Ayefele and Cobhams, both physically challenged but yet successful in music. He didn’t forget to share the story of an orphan, Steve Jobs who made Apple what it is today. He inspired the children and held them spell-bound as they soaked in the words and their eyes lit with hope. Even the well-wishers were motivated. He rounded up the speech with his personal testimonies especially that of his written exams in Secondary school. In his SS2, He wrote GCE and had 7 credits, 1 distinction. He was dissatisfied with the result and started reading for about 6 hours per day in readiness for WAEC. Less than 1 year later, He had 7 distinctions and 1 credit, a reverse and drastic improvement in his result. He never gave up on himself. He believed he could thrive better, He put in the effort and achieved gargantuan success.


The pastor later prayed for the celebrants and children, affirming the project as a fulfilment of one of God’s plan for Tunde personally. The children’s cultural dance troupe treated the audience to exceptionally captivating dance steps. The two celebrants also joined them and a huge applause from the crowd followed.


The presentation of gift items was done shortly together with paparazzi. The officer-in-charge of the orphanage was ably represented by Mrs. Alasoadura who was mesmerized and elated all through the event. I seized the opportunity of the vote of thanks to appreciate the people who generously donated to make the outreach a success.




Once again, I say a big shout out to all those who gave their resources towards the actualization of HOPE TO THRIVE AGAIN. Many thanks to Mr Toyin Adisa (Gaji), Mrs. J. O. Akinola, Engr. Adetokunbo, Mr Adegbola, Agboola Caroline, Joshua Olatunji, and every other donor both far and near. You have helped put a smile on a child’s face and you just blessed the lives of over 110 children. Your gifts have left an indelible mark in the lives of these children and your kindness will never be forgotten.

I also want to celebrate the entire crew; your sacrifice of time, energy and money is deeply appreciated, God bless you richly.

To you reading this report, I urge you to consider celebrating your birthday in a different way this year. Find those desperate in need and put a smile on their face, show someone that you care, because, in the end, our lives are measured by its donation and not its duration.





Developing the nation and impacting lives!






Elizabeth Akinbola


Master of Ceremony

Joshua Olatunji


Key note Speaker

Gbenga Ogunbowale


Spiritual Impact

Pastor Oyeyemi Opeyemi



Timileyin Morakinyo



Myrrhcy Cakes



Evidence Pictures



Mrs Sade Aderonmu

Anu Babawale

Bose Oluseyi

Joshua Olatunji



Akinola Babatunde

Adeola Adedeji


Chief Host /Event Director

Akinola Babatunde


Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded Epower.ng, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.


  1. i love dis because the day was a glorious day av ever experience in my life before it a challenge ad may u grow up in wisdom knowledge ad understanding

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