FMCG , Procter and Gamble Nigeria Limited through its brand, Always Sanitary Pad scholarship drive had in May 2010 promised a one week all-expense paid trip to Ghana for the star prize winner from Nigeria to participate in a skill acquisition program.
This is in addition to scholarship grants of N20, 000 each to the first set of 150 female secondary school students who emerged winners from the Always Care Scholarship scheme Programme.
Fulfilling the promise made to the star winner, of the 2010 edition of the Always scheme, 13 years old Miss. Oluwaseyi Olabanji, a JSS 1 student of St. Monicaâ€™s Anglican School, Ondo State has just returned to the country after acquiring baking skills at Hutchcraft Baking School in Accra, Ghana; with all expense paid by the Always brand.
Expressing her gratitude at the gesture extended to her by Always brand, Miss. Olabanji who recently concluded her training at the Hutchcraft Baking School in Accra, Ghana stated that, â€œI will forever be grateful to the Always brand for this great opportunity to learn one of my hubbies which I have always dreamt of learning apart from my education. Ghana is a peaceful place and I have really enjoyed staying thereâ€.
In the same vein, Seyiâ€™s mother, Mrs. Modupe Ilesanmi who accompanied her daughter on the trip equally showered encomiums on the Always brand team of P&G while describing the opportunity offered to her daughter as unique.
In her words, â€œI am very grateful to the Always brand for making this possible since my daughter and I never thought such an opportunity would arise.
Ghana is a very peaceful country with hard working and kind people. The training my daughter has received from the school is great and will contribute a lot in shaping her future. I will start buying the equipments needed to enhance her performance on the training she has gone throughâ€.
Describing little Miss. Olabanji as a brilliant student, the proprietress, Hutchcraft Baking School, Accra, Ghana, Mrs. Mary Ameyivor noted that, â€œOluwaseyi exhibited humility and passion during the learning period of the various techniques and I can confidently say that she can be able to bake and make pastries from the one week tuition sheâ€™s had at Hutchcraftâ€.
Speaking on the idea behind the initiative, Mrs. Tolulope Adedeji, Assistant brand manager, Always, stated that the Always brand is committed to improving lives of young girls by providing them with an opportunity for brighter future and helping them embrace and build a strong and better future.
Adedeji also hinted that, â€œThe star winner of the Always Care Scholarship Scheme in Ghana will also be visiting Nigeria for a one week all expense skill acquisition trip before the end of the yearâ€.