BSOF SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT
Sam Chibuzor is one of the several beneficiaries of the Barrister Sam Otoboeze Scholarship Program. His story comes with a bitter-sweet memory as it was during the lockdown imposed by most states in Nigeria while BSOF was reaching out to support several families in poorest communities with relief materials that he was met. This particular outreach was in a local community church in Port Harcourt where someone mentioned a boy whose mother was killed by some unknown people after she had gone to her farmland to harvest some plantain for her daily business.
Unfortunately, that was the last time she was seen alive as her corpse was found later in the bush. She died leaving behind her unemployed sick husband and three sons. Sam the beneficiary was her first son who had no other means to continue his education. Then luck shone his way, when the matter was brought to the knowledge of the President of Barrister Sam Otoboeze Foundation. On hearing the sad tale, the President swung to action immediately to provide for her first son, Sam who, coincidently, is his namesake. Sam was offered scholarship all through his primary and tertiary level.
“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special” – Nelson Mandela
Barrister Sam Otoboeze Foundation under the auspices of the Founder and President has given this boy hope and something to truly look forward to: An Education!
Thanks BSOF4. SAM CHIBUZOR
TESTIMONIALS OF BSOF BENEFICIARIES 360 DEGREES TURNAROUND
Anukwu Rosemary Isioma is a beneficiariary of the free training program of Barrister Sam Otoboeze Skills Acquisition Centre in Ochima Enugu State. Her strong desire to learn how to make dresses and beads making was rralized through benevolence showed to her and several other women and youths inclusive of the People Living with Disability (PLWD). Rosemary is an amputee who was assisted with an artificial (prostethic) limb and a small scale business take off grant of N50,000 (about $115) in November. Intrestingly, today Rosemary has a successful business in fashion and designing and beads making.
Her bead making business has provided her multiple streams of income, where she not only makes the beads and sells but also rents them to customers as wedding adornments/ ornaments for their marriages. The 360 degrees complete circle is almost completed as, Rosemary is engaged to be married in October 2020.
Thanks3. ROSEMARY ANUKWU ISIOMA
TESTIMONIES FROM BSOF BENEFICIARIES
Ifeanyi Chukwurah, BSOF Beneficiary for IYEP 2019
I want to sincerely express my gratitude to BSOF for deeming it fit to present me an award. I make no light of it. It is a pleasure and indeed an honour to hear once again from the Barrister Sam Otoboeze Foundation.
So far, I have added two more product lines to my production portfolio; namely
- Processed chilli pepper and
- BSF larvae (an alternative protein solution for livestock farmers) in addition to my processed habanero pepper.
I have also employed over six direct and indirect staff in the last six months. In addition, recently I distributed free facemasks to mitigate and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, I have been nominated among the top 25 innovators in Africa for the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) organized by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) who are billed
to showcase their businesses at the Global Gathering of the NEF in Nairobi, Kenya later this year.
In addition, my business is currently being incubated by at the Orange Corners Nigeria (OCN) Business Incubation Program, which is being funded by the Government of Netherlands and implemented by FATE Foundation
My challenges however, are supply chain problem owing to COVID-19 pandemic but I’m well positioned to reinvent myself, and business Post- COVID.
Thanks for everything you do for others especially the less previleged.
2. IFEANYI CHUKWURAH
This is to appreciate the president, Barr Sam Otoboeze foundation and the entire BSOF team for making me the man I am today. Years back, I was an indigent medical student striving to see the light of the day. After getting the touch of BSOF on my life, the story changed for me. All my school bills were all paid from inception to graduation as well as my induction fee and licence fee into the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria(MDCN). You changed my life from that kid from nowhere to the little man I have come to be. I’m such a happy me right now to the courtesy of Barrister Sam Otoboeze Foundation. I pray on this day that the Almighty God continues to broaden the horizon of this selfless organisations to touch more lives. God bless everybody and safe trip to your respective destinations.
God bless us all.Dr. Obisike ObeluMBBS(Nig)