- Posted January 25, 2014 by
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A 7 year old plantain street hawker name Olaitan received scholarship to go to school.
A 7 year old by name Olaitan lives with his grandmother in Sango Ota, Ogun state, Nigeria. Olaitan never knew who his parents were. Olaitan grandmother said. His parents left him with her immediately he was born and disappeared. Since then she has never heard from them. ‘’Raising Olaitan is a difficult thing to do because I am poor.’’ Olaitan grandmother said. Because of his condition, there was no means for him to go to school and for him to have at least one meal a day, Olaitan have to hawk plantain in the street of Sango Ota in Ogun State, Nigeria.
Olaitan always went to my uncle house to sell his plantain and my uncle always bought all his plantain. This makes him happy and smile anytime he made such huge sales. If not for anything, he is sure of eating a meal that day.
One day, Olaitan came to my uncle home to sell his plantain. I was with my uncle in his living room during my short visit to Nigeria from the United States. There was a knock on the door and when my uncle opened the door, Olaitan was there standing barefooted carrying a platter of plantain on his head.
My uncle told Olaitan that those plantains he bought from him the other day are still there unused and that he would not make a purchase for the day. Come back tomorrow and I will buy all the plantain from you. My uncle said.
When my uncle came back to the living room, he told me his plans to sponsor Olaitan to school and I quickly supported the idea and also pledge a financial support. We thought Olaitan has gone until we stepped outside after an hour to see Olaitan still standing with the plantain on his head and refused to go home.
When my uncle asked him why he refuses to go, Olaitan said there would be no meal for him if he is not making any sales. My uncle bought all the plantain and asked Olaitan to bring his grandmother back for some discussion. When the grandmother came to my uncle’s house with Olaitan, my uncle and I set up a $500 sponsorship to enrolled Olaitan in school where he will get a decent education. As of today, Olaitan is a fresh student of seat of wisdom private school, Sango Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
When I returned back to United States, my uncle told me that hundreds of kids who heard of Olaitan breakthrough and are hawking on the street are coming to his home everyday seeking for sponsorship to go to school. We are planning to set up a foundation to sponsor these helpless kids so that they can have a brighter future.