Daughter of Fulltime Housewife Wins N2m Bola Ige Scholarship Award

The Justice Atinuke Ige Memorial Scholarship is a scheme established to raise a new generation of leaders who set the pace for others to follow in memory of Justice Atinuke Omobonike Ige JCA, OFR.


When Mrs Akogwu Friday woke up on Saturday 10, May 2014, she had only hope, after all she had had a mass towards the success of her daughter’s impending contest, but she had no guarantee that things will work out so well. But at 2: 23pm that day, as the results of the competition that decided the winner of the N2m worth Bola Ige scholarship for students of public primary school was announced, she burst into tears. Her daughter had made it. Friday Titi of Command Primary School, Odogbo was declared female winner of the 2014 maiden edition of the Bola Ige scholarship award. Then there was Master Ganiyu Folajuwon Bausit.- from Community Primary School IV, Ayekale who also won another N2m.

Both students will graduate from their public schools to attend the highbrow Vale College, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Oyo State for their six years secondary school education. The scholarship covers tuition, uniforms, accommodation, textbooks and feeding. The good thing about the scholarship is that it automatically lifts the children from their lowly status to mingle and learn with the silver kids who attend the school from all over the country and beyond.

Also, going away from the venue of the event with scholarships worth N1m each were the duo of Master dewale Boluwatife – from Oladipo Alayande School of Science and Miss Tijani Adetomiwa  also from  the same school. Both senior secondary students will be privileged to study and write the Cambridge A-Levels examinations at the Vale Tutorial College (TVC) with all expenses covering tuition, accommodation, feeding, textbooks and cost of examination forms written off by the sponsor of the awards,  this time in the memory of late Justice Atinuke Ige, a retired Justice of the Appeal Court and wife of the Former Attorney General of Nigeria, Chief Bola Ige in whose memory the primary school version is endowed.

Earlier this year, on 12th April, 90 students from 33 schools sat for the written exam for the 2014 Atinuke Ige Scholarship at The Vale Tutorial College. 11 students made it to the final selection. Adewale Boluwatife, male, of OASOS had a total average of 79.33 per cent. In 2nd place was Adeyemi Adetomiwa, male, of Command Secondary  School with an average of 68per cent while in 3rd place was Tijani Morufat, female of OASOS with 67.33 per cent.

In the primary school category, there were 90 students- 48 boys and 42 girls from 42 schools. The top three qualifiers in the written exams for the Bola Ige Scholarship Programme are 1st place- Ganiyu Folajuwon Bausit, male and 2nd place- Oyawole Israel male, both from the same school, Community Primary School, Ayekale with 72 per cent and 66.33per cent respectively.

They were the two representatives from that school. The 3rd place winner in the written exam was Friday Titi J, female, from Command Children’s Sch, Odogbo with a total average of 61.66 per cent who eventually won.

According to Mrs Funso Adegbola who sponsors the awards in memory of her parents, the 2015 scholarships selection process will commence from August to September 2014. (Tribune)

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