The beneficiaries of the Ike Okorafor (IOK) Educational Foundation Scholarship and their parents, led by their School Principals paid an appreciation visit to their benefactor and the founder, Prince Ike Okorafor on 26th December, 2021 at his Ozu Abam residence in Arochukwu LGA.
Speaking earlier, the Proprietor of one of the host schools, Mr. Ernest Ikpe said they embarked on the visit to thank him for extending his magnanimity to the students via his scholarship scheme and also appraise him of the performance of the beneficiaries.
He said the students has been performing excellently and expressed overwhelming joy for his kind gesture towards the needy which he described as a rare feat, adding that the beneficiaries will never forget in a hurry, his contributions towards providing them with the platform to attain their academic pursuits.
While using the medium to urge all lovers of education to emulate the philanthropy exhibited by Prince Ike Okorafor, the School Proprietor expressed optimism that the treasure which he is building, will yield positively in future.
Also, Mrs. Ngozi Okorafor who spoke on behalf of other parents of the scholarship beneficiaries expressed profound gratitude to the sponsor, Prince Ike Okorafor for his enormous support to their wards, noting that with the scholarship, the future of their children has been secured academically.
” Prince Okorafor, my heart was filled with joy when I heard that you have offered scholarship to our children. They have been emerging top of their classes. Your scholarship to our children has reduced our burden in training them in school. You have remained consistent and has never failed to provide all the necessary fees and logistics needed for their education. With this phenomenal feat, you have written your name on the Abam Hall of Fame and left an indelible mark on the sands of time. We will continue to pray for you and urge you never to relent in raising hope to the hopeless and providing help to the helpless. May Almighty God continue to protect, bless, guide and replenish all your good efforts in a million fold”, she added.
In his reaction, the President/ Founder of IOK Educational Foundation, Prince Ike Okorafor thanked the School heads and their parents for the thank you visit. He charged the beneficiaries to remain focused and always strive to be at the top of their class, explaining that education as the bedrock of any nation, remains a panacea for national development. He said the importance of education can never be overemphasised and reiterated his avowed determination to put Abam on the map of development by providing the necessary conducive environment that will enhance academic learning.
Prince Ike Okorafor who assured that his foundation will continue to contribute enormously and invest heavily in academic development in Abam and beyond, further stated his resolve to increase the number of the beneficiaries and enjoined the students to desist from acts capable of destroying their bright future.
” Shun all ill societal acts capable of jeopardizing your bright future. Take your studies seriously and make me, your parents, teachers, Abam and the society proud. I have confidence in your academic ability and know that all of you will continue to pass your exams in flying colours. I congratulate all of you for emerging beneficiaries and you have to utilize this golden opportunity given to you to accomplish your academic pursuits”, Prince Okorafor added.
The beneficiaries of IOK Educational Foundation Scholarship are students from Abam High School, Ozu Abam, Ernick Comprehensive Secondary School, Kolping Secondary School, Ozu Abam among others.