What is not common among the influential people in the society is to find time to associate and celebrate with the common people but for Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, a Nigerian women’s rights activist and Executive Director of the rights groups Women Arise for Change Initiative who decided to celebrate her golden jubilee anniversary with the student and staff of Babs Fafunwa Memorial Senior Grammar School, Ojodu, Lagos.
Okei-Odumakin has been at the premises of the school as early as 7:00 a:m dressed in the uniform of the school for proper engagement and interactions among the students.
Thanking God in praise and worship with students and the entire staff of the school appreciate the blessings and protection of God over her life said that the reason she chose to celebrate with the students of public school was because she is a product of public school all through her life.
According to her, I have been a product of public school and benefitted from all the schools I went to. “What we must all do is to give back to the society we all benefitted from. With the infrastructure in this school, you will see that Lagos State Government has invested so much here to ensure that students get the best education from public school, she said.
As a role model to the students, she urged the students to make up their minds to be successful in life and be confident in all what they are doing.
She said to the students that cheating during exam is corruption, giving money to teachers for getting marks in examination induces and they must have zero tolerance for corruption.
Also at the school to celebrate with her, ace Nollowood actress, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha who was full of joy for the celebration among the students said that the celebrant is a full energetic person that is sown to the cause of fight for the masses.
“What she does is life threatening and time consuming. We celebrate her for taking up the society for good and that’s why people like her are rare to see in our country. We love her and we love her for what she’s doing”, she said.
The Principal of the school, Mrs. Adebola Kolawole said that the school management is happy with honour they have received from the celebrant for choosing the school to celebrate with the students and management of the school.
“We thank her for believing in public school where we teach our students to be disciplined and have moral ways of life.”
She debunked the statement that standard of public school in Lagos is dwindling. According Kolawole, “that is not true, I don’t agree that standard of public school in Lagos has fallen, it is appreciative because government has put everything in place to ensure that things work efficiently in public school in the state.