Wednesday, 11th of October, 2023, Ladele Ajao visited his alma mater, Loyola College, Ibadan.
He was warmly welcomed by the Principal, staff members and students. He spoke with the students at the assembly ground, where he went in retrospect of his days in school.
In his speech, Ladele spoke about how the institution, Loyola College provided him and several others the fertile ground for their dreams to flourish, instilled discipline, tenacity in them aside studies.
“Today, I want to take a moment to reflect on the discipline, the exceptional educators, and the kindness that define this institution. Discipline is the backbone of success, and Loyola College instilled in me a strong sense of discipline that has guided me throughout my life. Whether it was adhering to a rigorous study schedule or respecting the values and rules of this institution, discipline has been a cornerstone of my journey.”
He showered praises on the staff members of the school, for not only being classroom teachers to them, but also dedicated their times in imparting knowledge into them in academics and character.
“Our teachers, the torchbearers of knowledge, played a pivotal role in shaping not just my academic understanding but also my character. Their dedication to imparting knowledge and nurturing our growth has left an indelible mark on my life. I am forever grateful for their guidance and mentorship.”
Ladele praised his friends who have given unflinching support to the educational journey of few students.
“I want to express my gratitude to some incredible individuals who have been instrumental in this journey for years. With my influence, I told your stories to Dr Hammed Oluwaseyi Musibau in Australia, Michael Felix Nyeche in Australia, and Engr Meadows Ayokunnu in the United Kingdom, they were deeply moved by your stories and your potentials. These three friends took it upon themselves to support three students in their educational journey, from secondary school through to their university education, in which they have not deterred from. They have generously covered the costs of transportation, uniforms, and books of these three students, and also entrusted me with gifts to deliver to them.”
He made it known to the students that, the act of giving back to the alma mater is not only limited to him but other old students, who had done a thing or another for the school as well for the students and many others will still do. Which he implored the students to imbibe such culture in the future.
He furthered in his speech by giving scholarship to six less privileged SSS 3 students, who have demonstrated commitment to their studies and excelled in their academic pursuits. The six students will be supported for their final external examinations, WAEC and two students amongst them who excelled in their exams will be sponsored for the JAMB examinations, as it is very important to get into higher institutions learning in Nigeria.
Mr Ajao did not stop there, he also promised to give a full scholarship to a student out of the two, who has the highest score in the JAMB examination throughout his year in any federal university of his choice
“I want to commend these students for their hard work and dedication. Your passion for learning and your commitment to your chosen fields have brought you to this moment, and I have no doubt that you will continue to shine brightly in your academic journeys”, Mr Ladele said.
In his closing remarks, he admonished the students not to forget the importance of giving back, supporting education and nurturing culture of excellence.
“As we celebrate these chosen students today, let us also be reminded of the importance of giving back. By supporting education and nurturing a culture of excellence, we can collectively contribute to the progress of our community and our nation. I once again say congratulations to these students. May your pursuit of knowledge be fulfilling, and may you continue to inspire others with your dedication and determination. Thank you.”