Mama Bakassi, Princess Florence Ita-Giwa is set to roll out the drums in celebration of 10 years of Bakassi Children Foundation. The celebration will take place early 2016. Ahead of the festivity, the fashion icon organized a dinner strictly for the children recently at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The children expressed immense joy.
Speaking about the dinner and her forthcoming celebration, the delectable Senator expressed her joy about the event. She also stated, “The construction of a building is ongoing in Calabar, Cross River State. The building will accommodate over 50 children from one year old upward from Bakassi creeks.
“We are also planning a red ball next year to mark the 10th anniversary. The event will be used to create awareness on the plight of children from Bakassi. The occasion will also serve as an opportunity to honour deserving Nigerians who have identified with the plight of the children of Bakassi.”
Speaking further on the journey so far, “It has been a long journey but we give thanks to God. I am happy with the progress the children are making. They have been excelling in every area, especially in academics. All the children in the university came out with first class. They are well travelled and have enjoyed tremendous exposure, in short we are bringing up Bakassi children that will become leaders of this country.
“We have lived as a family, shared love and affection. Some of them have gone back to school, Betty the baby of the family is starting school soon. I will say I am fulfilled and encouraged to move on with this noble cause. I intend to do more. The quest to do more led to the construction of the new home so that we can accommodate more children from the creek of Bakassi. I will be grateful if Nigerians can assist us raise more funds for the children of Bakassi.”
ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke with some of the children of the foundation…
DANIEL EDET ITA-GIWA
I am Daniel Edet Ita-Giwa, a beneficiary of the Children of Bakassi Foundation. I am a student of University of Mines & Technology (UMAT), Turkwa, Ghana, studying Mechanical Engineering. I am in 200 level.
I am happy and grateful. I enjoy everything about the family. We have come to love and understand one another. It’s been a smooth ride but challenging in the area of academics. From my primary school, Senator Ita-Giwa has been supportive and she made sure that none of us went below 10th position in class. She has been keeping all of us on our toes and today, I am glad that pursing my dream of becoming a mechanical engineer has come to pass. To sum it all, this family is the type that I would not want to trade for anything in the world.
My name is Robert Ita-Giwa, a student of Babcock University, studying Computer Science. I am in 200 level.
It’s been a good experience having the opportunity to get quality education amongst other things. I have been able to gain exposure in Nigeria and beyond. Senator Ita-Giwa has been a wonderful mother providing the good things of life for us.
I am Sandra Ita-Giwa, a student of Afe Babalola University studying Microbiology. I am in 100 level.
It’s been fun. Travelling to places like Dubai, Benin Republic, Senegal, etc. she has been a very good mother to me. She is the mom I never had. She gave me the opportunity to study and become somebody. I am so grateful to God.
My name is Paul Ita-Giwa. I am a student of University of Mines & Technology (UMAT), Ghana, studying Petroleum Engineering.
I thank God for making me part of this family and I am also grateful to God for blessing me with a wonderful mother, Senator Ita-Giwa.
My name is Precious Joseph Bassey. I am 18. I was adopted into the Bakassi Children Foundation on January15. I am a student of Babcock University studying Information Technology and Management. I am in 200 level.
I have experienced staying in a large family, I feel loved and happy. She has changed my life positively.
I am Akpama Maryam Daniel. I am 15, a student of Access High School, Calabar. I am in SS3 and I am the Sports Prefect.
I have learnt how to associate with people from different background, and I have learnt a lot of good things. Senator Ita-Giwa has improved my life by exposing me to the outside world and she has taught me how to become great. She is my role model and my mentor.
My name is Rachael Archibony Ekwi. I am a student of Access High School, and I have gained admission to Afe Babalola University to study International Relations.
It’s been nice. I joined the foundation as a little girl that knew nothing but as I kept growing up, I have learnt the positive things of life that has now made me a better person. I have experienced positive changes. I have visited places that I wouldn’t have if not that I am a beneficiary of this foundation.
My mom has given me the opportunity that any good mother would give to her child with caution and discipline.
My name is Joseph Patience Patrick Okon. I am a student of Access High School, Calabar. I am in JSS 3. I am 13.
It has been a nice and wonderful experience. I have always had fun and I am excited I joined the foundation. My mom has helped me in many ways. She sent me to school by giving me scholarship.
She made me play in the Calabar Festival for Seagul Band as the junior king. In fact, I can’t quantify what she has been doing for me. My prayer is that God should give her long life, bless her and replenish all she has spent on us, and we should be able to repay her in good.
My name is Bassey Inyang. I attend Access High School, Calabar. I have gained admission into Afe Babalola University to study International Relations and Diplomacy.
It’s been a wonderful experience. I have learnt a lot. It’s been fun meeting people. My mom has affected my life positively. She taught me how to build confidence in myself and to speak up for myself. She is a good role model.
My name is Williams Ita-Giwa. I attend Access Primary School. I am in Basic 3.
I love the foundation, it’s a place you will like to stay. I love Mummy Ita-Giwa. She takes good care of us and always makes us happy. I pray God will continue to bless her.