The founder of the Pyramid Foundation, Pastor Boluwaji Alabi, has demonstrated his philanthropic spirit by giving out cash gifts to 100 Ikere indigent students in higher institutions and 61 elderly people above 80 years of age.
The event, which took place on Saturday, April 8, at the Ikere Civic Centre, was attended by dignitaries from different walks of life, including three monarchs; Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado, the Ogoga of Ikere Kingdom, Oba Adebayo Adewole Arojojoye II, the Owa of Ijero Kingdom, and the Chairman Ekiti State Council of Traditional rulers, Oba Gabriel Ayodele Adejuwon, Onisan of Isan Ekiti.
The two former deputy governors of Ekiti State, Surv Abiodun Aluko and Professor Kolapo Olusola-Eleka, Olori Funmilola Ololade Adejimi Adu (Eyesorun of Ikere Kingdom), Otunba of Ikere and his wife, Otunba Sola Adewumi and Kemi Adewumi, the President of Supreme Council of Ikere Youths, Akin Afuye, Vice Chancellors of EKSU and BOUESTI, among others were also present.
Pastor Bolu Alabi, who is an indigene of Ikere and a successful businessman based in United States, said he was motivated by his passion for education and the welfare of the less privileged in his hometown.
He said he decided to give N75,000 each to 100 Ikere indigent students in higher institutions to support their academic pursuits and reduce their financial burden.
He also gave prizes of N20,000 each to 23 overall best performers of Junior Secondary School Certificate Education (JSCE) in Ikere, both private and public schools.
He also gave a prize of N40,000 to Miss Olofinbiyi Ifeoluwa Omowumi, a student of University Demonstration Secondary School as the Best performer in the 2022 SSCE in Ikere; WAEC and NECO.
He said he was proud of the achievements of the students and urged them to continue to excel in their studies.
He also honoured his alma mater, Annunciation School, Ikere by giving N25,000 each to the overall best students in each class (JSS1-SSS3) for educational motivation and development in honour of his late father, John Kolawole Alabi. He also presented Professor Olusola Eleka’s prize for best student in Mathematics in Annunciation School in each class (JSS1-SSS3).
Aside from students, Pastor Bolu Alabi also donated N20,000 each cash gift to 61 elderly people above 80 years of age.
He said he was moved by compassion to assist the elderly who have contributed to the development of the town and deserve respect and care.
He said he hopes that his gesture will inspire other well-meaning sons and daughters of Ikere to give back to their community and uplift the lives of their people.
He thanked God for giving him the opportunity and resources to touch lives positively and prayed for more blessings for himself and his benefactors. He also thanked the royal fathers and other dignitaries for gracing the occasion with their presence. He promised to continue to support the development of Ikere Kingdom and its people.