It was pagentry at Oraifite, Anambra State, as The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), which collaborates with Books For Africa (BFA), a US-based organisation, distributed books, computers and other educational supplies worth over $10 million dollars to over 300 institutions of learning and public libraries across the country. The book distribution which took place on the 27th of October, 2012 is the second to be undertaken by the organisation. The first was in 2010.
An array of cultural dance displays by students from benefitting institutions such as Madonna University Okija, was part of the carnival-like event.
The First Lady, Her Excellency Dame Patience Jonathan, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the occassion was represented by Senator Ben Obi (Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs.) Other dignitaries present included Senator Ken Nnamani (former Senate President), Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Ambassador Howard Jeter (former US ambassador to Nigeria), Tom Warth (Founder, Books For Africa), Mrs Jackie Farris (DG, Yar’adua Centre), Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese Rt Rev Dr G.I.N Okpala, Vice Chancellors and Rectors of various Universities and Polytechnics, traditional rulers, to mention but afew.
Hon Tony Obi, the Coordinator of the SEOF in a welcome address higlighted the various achievements of the foundation so far which included the scholarship scheme being offered to students at all levels.
The high point of the event was the cutting of the tape and the symbolic presentation of the books and educational supplies by Sir Emeka Offor, accompanied by dignitaries and celebrities to representatives of selected schools.
Sir Emeka who had last year promised a brand new car and automatic employment in his company to any of the beneficiaries of the SEOF scholarship scheme who makes a first class, made right his promise as he officially presented a brand new Toyota car to Miss Ebere Anaegbuonu, a first class graduate of Industrial Physics from Anambra State University Uli.
Nigerian celebrities; P-square, Flavour, Bracket, and the duo of “Aki and PawPaw” were also present and added colour to the event.
The students and heads of benefitting institutions who were present were full of praises for the gestures from the Foundation and joyfully loaded their lots in their vehicles after the ceremonies.