…as Wellness Africa Foundation celebrates 1st anniversary
Mr. Samuel Akinfe
Mr. Akintunde Akinmolayan made it known that Wellness Africa Foundation (WAF), an NGO committed to SDG 3 (Good Health & Wellbeing) has reached almost 2000 beneficiaries across some communities in Ogun state.
Dr (Mrs) Omotola Akinmolayan
Akinmolayan who is the Executive Director of the organization briefly sheds light on the mission of Wellness Africa Foundation during its first year anniversary which took place on the 7th of August, 2020 Idi-Aba, Abeokuta the capital of Ogun State.
Alhaji Siraj Fashola
In his welcome address, he said “the mission is to facilitate community health outreaches to the underserved while promoting adolescent and youth reproductive health services”
Mrs. Dedoyin Ajayi, the Compere
L – R: Mr. Bode Adefala and Dr. Rotimi Akinlesi
“A documentary on the ‘Journey So Far’ showcasing past outreaches and testimonies from various beneficiaries, including volunteers, was shown.
The organisation which began in December 2018 with the paymentota, got incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria in May 2019; and in that same month, facilitated her first community health outreach at Ayerose Village, Oba LCDA. On June 15, 2019, the second outreach was facilitated at Araromi, Ire-Akari and Ifesowapo Oke-Odo CDA, Fajol Area, Abeokuta. The third
Mr. Akintunde Akinmolayan
outreach was carried out on August 3, 2019 during the 30th anniversary of Divine Nursery & Primary School, Federal Housing Estate, Elega. On the 13th and 14th of September, Wellness Africa Foundation initiated a community health outreach at Ikopa Titun Community, Aladesanmi,
Abeokuta in celebration of the 76th birthday of HRM Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo CFR (Okukenu IV), the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland.
Cross section: Mr. Babajide Busari and other participants
Following this, the First Lady of Ogun State, Her Excellency, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun engaged Wellness Africa Foundation on October 15, 2019, to co-ordinate an outreach to commemorate the International Day of Rural Women at Ijebu Iloti, Ogun State. Thereafter, to commemorate World AIDS Day, on November 29 and December 1, 2019, Wellness Africa Foundation partnered with the Community Medicine and Primary Care Department, Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta on advocacy at FMC, Abeokuta, Iyana Mortuary Junction, Ijaiye, Sapon and community health outreach Ayerose Village and Joga-Orile, Ogun State.
For World Cancer Day 2020, held February 4, Wellness Africa Foundation in collaboration with Awesome Pink Ribbon Initiative organized an outreach and Advocacy programme on Cervical and breast cancer at Kuto and Lipede Markets, Abeokuta. A cervical cancer screening and breast examination exercise were carried out on February 22, 2020 in conjunction with Proverbs Clinic, Abeokuta. Through these projects, the organisation has reached out to almost 2000 beneficiaries in Ogun state”
Among the dignitaries in attendance are Mr. Bode Adefala and Engr. Kayode Adeniji, both former Senior Special Assistants (Governor) on Agriculture; Alhaji Sirajudeen Fashola, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics and Mr. Tunde Aregbesola, Director, Finance and Accounts, both of Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture; Mrs. Bose Olaniyan, Director of Administration, Office of the First Lady of Ogun State; Mr. Yemi Oduyemi, Executive Secretary, Ogun State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board; Dr. Rotimi Akinlesi, Deputy Director and Zonal Manager, Ogun State Agricultural Development Program (OGADEP), Ijebu Ode. Other personalities in attendance include: Pharm Gbolahan Fabiyi, Mr. Sam Akinfe, Mr. Ifeoluwa Olugbebi, Mr. Jide Busari, Ms. Gbemisola Towolawi, Mr. Treasures Olatoye, Ms. Tobiloba Adesimbo and Ms. Toyosi Ayoola.
Mr. Ife Olugbebi
Among well wishers that contributed was the Founder of Less Privileged Children Encouragement Initiative (EI), who is also one of the Advisory Board members of Wellness Africa Foundation, Dr Rotimi Akinlesi, who shared proven tips essential for the growth of the organization.
Alhaji Fashola encouraged the organization not to relent in her activities; and Mr. Aregbesola in his words, said ‘if I sit down to look deeply to one of your activities, there could be one or two areas to have a collaboration with Lion’s Club international’. Mr. Akinfe, who is the national coordinator of Chariots and Life Superbike Association, commended Wellness Africa Foundation, thus ‘I want to thank WAF because it might be a little drop in the ocean, but it’s creating a lot of ripples…’ He concluded by saying ‘don’t look down on your seed’.