‘When I look at the faces of these kids, I see myself in them’.
Over 400 students of the Bright Achiever’s School, a free slum school community project for disadvantaged children in Ilaje Bariga, were beneficiaries of the benevolence of the MD/CEO of Sujimoto Group – Mr. Sijibomi Ogundele, on the occasion of his 40th birthday, during a charity visit to the community.
Speaking during the visit, Mr. Sijibomi Ogundele who came bearing loads of gifts and cash prizes for the children was touched by their plight and recounted his experience as a student in Oko-oba Primary school, Agege. “I know what it means to be poor and I have experienced what it means to not have food to eat. The fact that these kids are in a public school doesn’t in any way affect who they will become in the future. I also attended a public school too – Oko-oba Primary School, but today I don’t look like it to the glory of God. I believe that these kids are destined for success.
According to Mr. Ogundele, “Giving back is the new luxury! If it doesn’t impact, then it is not luxury”. The young CEO who rose to fame as a result of his hardwork and dedication to changing the lives of Nigerians through luxury real estate, shed more light on Sujimoto Group’s CSR philosophy.
“For us at Sujimoto, giving back is not a CSR Initiative or a PR stunt, it is our lifestyle. As an organization, generosity is ingrained into our DNA. I remember while growing up, we had a lot of relatives living with us and my Mum took responsibility for their education. Some were people we were not even related to, yet my Mum will ensure they eat the same food and wear the same clothes as her children. She would say to us then when we grumble as kids “Òkè lọwọ́ afunni ńgbé, meaning the hand that gives never lacks.
Speaking on the tenacity of the children, Mr. Ogundele remarked “Never have I seen children that lacked so much, yet still filled with hope and excitement. While they are not responsible for the ovarian card life dealt them, but their show of character and dedication is an indication that they will drag the bull by the horn!”
It was very emotional seeing the kids in a state of excitement and renewed hope as the Sujimoto train dished out bags of goodies. Speaking to the children, Mr. Ogundele admonished them on the importance and value of education. According to him, “One child can change the destiny of a nation”.
The birthday boy commended the founder of the free Slum School (Bright Achiever’s School) for such a selfless initiative emphasizing that our society needs more selfless people and outstanding initiatives like this. He supported the organization with a cash donation and also promised a free scholarship for the best 10 students and yearly support package for the Institution. According to him; “The foundation of the Free Slum School was laid on the principle of Generosity!”
Mr. Ogundele was full of appreciation to his friends who not only surprised him with a dinner party, but also put together the Charity visit to celebrate his 40th birthday. According to him, “I am forever grateful and indebted to these amazing friends, turned family, who have proven that a man’s true worth is measured by the quality of his network.
They are; Adedoyin Alatishe, Kabiru Rabiu, Chioma & Kika (Good Hair), Maurice Khawam, Jad Jarmakani, Frederic Nader, Seyi Tinubu, Hafeez Balogun, Olori E, Maiden Ibru, Toke Ibru, Tive Ibru, Hajia Tai Elemesho, SIP brothers , Eni Adenuga, Mr. Obi Iyiegbu (Obi Cubana), Petee, Chief Chikelo Ejikeme, (Amb) Dr. Sowemimo Abiodun, Bovi, Ubi Franklin, Tosin Oshinowo, Dr. Wole Aboderin, Folajimi Lai-Mohammed, Arese Alonge, Alh balogun, TJ Saro, Folly Coker, Chef Tolu Eros, Ahmad Damcida, Mariam Timmer, Akin Cole Onitiri, Dabota Lawson, Rasheed Muri-Okunola, Habeeb Okunola, Tayo Otubanjo, Bamikole Omishore, Tim Trevari, Victor Ovia, Rep Babajide Obanikoro, Tunde Otufale, Chinedum Odogwu, Niyi Adeyemi (sirspin), Hon Ololade Onakoya MFR, MKD Araoye, Suleiman Sani Bello, Akin Cole Onitiri, David Branbaifa, Hon Elvis Dada, Mbadiwe Twins, Mary Dinar, Mr. E.A, Miss MA, Demola Fashola, Seun Okin, Chima Anyaso, Alao Semih Oladimeji, Andrew Zidon, Nkemkanma Kama, Akinfemi Akinruntan, Commander, Tunde Otufale, Korede Roberts, Joseph Orike, Kennedy Njideofor, Christopher Taiwo, Laniyan Kolawole, Victor Ikem, Uzoma Konyeaso, Mr. Akin Afe, Nkemkanma Kama, Osemwengie G. Agbonlahor II, Tope Ajileye, Lanre Badmus, Solomon Agbataekwe – Richmond, Ogunlesi Simon Kay, Ola Daramola, Suwaid Muhammad, Wemo, Afolabi Olatunji, Funmilola Olotu, Sam Iwuajoku Jnr., Olakunle Olaniyi, Owolabi, Farouk Bello, Hon Funke Adesiyan, Tobi Emeke, Saheed Kuteyi, Mr. Tajudeen Ahmed, Olaseni Ogundairo, Richard Nnadi, Alaoma Anumudu, Rt Hon Amarachi C. Iwuanyanwu, Ogunlesi Simon Kay, Mr Tajudeen Ahmed, Nicole Tafawa Balewa, Lakunle R, Joseph Orike, Zero percent, Mustapha Umar Ali, Dr. Jamal Akinade, Uzoma konyeaso, Mr Akin Afe, are Aliu TDA, Akin Olaoye, Sagun Malumi, Donald Wokoma, Babajide Balogun, Tayo Otubanjo, JT, Yahaya Zekeri Junior, Leke Dokunmu, Dr. Jamal Akinade, Aedan Asika, Gbenga Adeyi, Rasheed Kashamu, Stephen Ajadi, Estanola Oyelese, Rilwan Layode, Seun Okin, Tope Shonuga, Mazi A.V. Orji, Frank Papas, Barr Ify Morah, Kennedy Njideofor, Lanre Onabowale, Dr. Ibidapo Fashina, Gbolahan Osinowo, Aramide Adetayo and others.
Sijibomi Ogundele is the MD of Sujimoto Construction Limited, the No.1 Luxury Real Estate Company in Nigeria and the Developer of LeonardoBySujimoto, the 24 storey luxury building, including private Cinema and full home automation; the Lucrezia, the 14 Storey Residential High-Rise with premium features and facilities; the QueenAminaBySujimoto, a first-of-its-kind luxury tower located in highbrow Abuja; and the developer of the proposed Sujimoto Tower in Downtown Dubai.