Ogunde Celebrates Birthday at Goshen Orphanage; Pledges Support for Outstanding Students.



Ogunde Celebrates Birthday at Goshen Orphanage;
Pledges Support for Outstanding Students
For the children and staff of Goshen Home & Orphanage,
Akute, Ogun State, Monday, May 29th 2017 will for a long
time remain memorable; not just because it marked Nigeria’s
Democracy Day or President Buhari-led administration’s
second anniversary but because the vulnerable children at the
home were treated to an elaborate birthday bash by one of
Nigeria’s amazons; a foremost educationist, Managing
Director at Goals & Ideas and Principal Partner at Edumark
Consult, Mrs Yinka Ogunde.
The celebrant, who came in the company of her husband,
Barrister Wemimo Ogunde (SAN), her children, siblings and
employees expressed great delight at the opportunity to share
the joy of her special day with the less privileged, stressing
that such vulnerable children need be showered with love,
even as they are encouraged and supported to reach their full
potential in spite of the loss or rejection they might have
suffered in time past.

The children at Goshen Home were also joined by the vibrant
and upward-mobile youths of Bestspring Foundation, Ijegun,
Ikotun in fulfilment of Mrs. Ogunde’s promise to visit them
when the students attended the 2017 edition of her annual
WATFON educational summit, which held in March at
Vintage Point, Ikeja.
Speaking on this occasion of his wife’s birthday, Barrister
Wemimo Ogunde recalled how that he suffered a major setback in his academics at the tender age of 12 due to the loss
of his mother.
“I was born into a polygamous family, the popular Pa Hubert
Ogunde dynasty. Unfortunately, my mother died when I was
12 years old, hence she did not even see me wear secondary
school uniform. As in every polygamous house, the mother is
the advocate for her children and she is the one to fight their
course before other contenders in the home. So, where she is
not there, the child is left to wander with no one to plead his
case before his father. And so, in my case, my mother was not
there to advocate for me and this of course marked the
beginning of my failure. I started failing at school because
there was no mother or father to check on me. My case was
indeed hopeless until God raised some destiny helpers to
counsel and mentor me. And that was how my life changed
for good and today, I am a foremost lawyer and Senior
Advocate of Nigeria”, narrated Ogunde.
The erudite lawyer therefore charged the children/youths not
to bemoan the loss of their parents or cling to their pain as an
excuse for failure. He urged them to rather make good use of
the opportunities and destiny helpers that God sends their way
and remain focused as they navigate through the hurdles of
life.
Corroborating this, his wife and celebrant, Mrs Yinka Ogunde
urged the children to look on the brighter side of life, stressing
that regardless of whatever situation or challenge that comes,
they can still get to the top. Recounting how she and her
siblings were raised by a single mother and how that in spite of the untold hardship all of them still turned out successful
and outstanding in their different careers, she urged all
vulnerable children to remain undeterred, work hard and put
their trust in God who is able to see them through.
She also charged well-meaning Nigerians to invest their time
and resources towards helping less privileged children achieve
their dream through provision of educational scholarship,
mentorship and welfare support.
She promised to support those of that emerge with excellent
result at the just concluded WAEC.
While commending the amazing work and dedication of Mrs.
Aramide Oikelome, the Executive Director of Goshen
Orphanage and Bestspring Foundation in nurturing these
hapless children and youths over the years, Ogunde prayed
that God will continue to send helpers to the organization that
will support it with their resources and time.
In her response, Oikelome thanked Mrs. Yinka Ogunde and
her family for believing in her vision and identifying with it.
She also thanked them for defying all odds, including the
deplorable condition of the Alagbole/Akute Road to travel all
the way to celebrate her birthday with the children and youths
when she could have opted for more prominent and successful
orphanages in the heart of town.
The two-hour event was thoroughly fun-filled, with lots of
wining and dining, dancing and exchange of pleasantries. The
youths from Ijegun also seized the opportunity to tell Mrs.
Ogunde how WATFON 2017 impacted their lives positively  and changed their mind-set from that of mediocres to become
change-makers that are confident that they have what it takes
to excel in life and make Nigeria better.
Goshen Home & Orphanage was recently commissioned,
precisely on 4th March 2017 by the duo of Mr. Femi Adesina,
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media &
Publicity and the General Overseer of New Testament
Assembly, Pastor Samson Bamgbayan with a mandate to give
orphans and vulnerable children a beautiful and purposeful
life.







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