By Jacob Ajom
The Nigerian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Ambassador Ishaya Majanbu, has commended Sir Emeka Offor Foundation’s Education Initiative, following the donation of 22,000 books to schools in Bagamoyo region of Tanzania by the foundation.
Over 1,500 students, representing six secondary schools, gathered to receive the books shipped to the region by the Foundation, in partnership with Books for Africa, a US based NGO.
A similar effort, the foundation said, had been extended to about 19 other African countries, including Nigeria.
Ambassador Majanbu, who was present, applauded Sir Emeka Offor and the Foundation for the exemplary act of altruism and support for academic enlightenment among Africans.
He noted that such philanthropic gestures by the Foundation ought to be emulated by other privileged Africans.
Since 2010, the Foundation had distributed over $18 million worth of books and computers to school libraries on the continent, according to its founder, Sir Emeka Offor.
He said: “Education opens the door for Africa’s development and we are proud to support this cause. Without education, people cannot create their own solution.
“My Foundation believes in that and it is why we are working hard to ensure that every child within our reach in Africa have the opportunity to read and write.”
He said the Foundation had ongoing partnership with other international NGOs for the elimination of river blindness in South-Eastern Nigeria.