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When Uncle Speed took 27 Pupils to Olumo Rock

By Uncle SPEED

It was in commemoration of Nigeria's 53rd Independence Anniversary. And much more than another act of honouring the Memories of Nigeria's Freedom, it was a Free Education and Fun Tour to the historic deity rock in Ogun State's capital – Abeokuta.

Organised by Project27 Africa (a Charity founded by Uncle Speed) the free Edu-Fun Tour for 27 Pupils of St Paul's Anglican Primary School, Odogbolu, began from the Palace of the Alaye of Odogbolu, His Royal Highness, Oba Adedeji Onagoruwa.

Oba Onagoruwa receiving the Kids with some of his Chiefs in attendance, challenged the Kids to be good ambassadors of Odogbolu wherever they went, and then, he blessed the expedition.

In Abeokuta and at the Olumo Rock Tourist Complex, the Kids were satiated seeing natural sights of what has been described as the “Museum of undeterminable age”.

They saw the ever-flourishing, 200-year old Iroko Tree whose leaves, are essential part of the Coronation of a new Alake of Egbaland. They ran into ancient claves, felt the roundness of the holes dug in some of the caves; and got ghostly scares at the sight of ancient Shrines and Gravesites.

137 Meters above Sea Level on highest point of the Rock, the Pupils saw more scenic views of some sites they've always read in text books:

The flowing Ogun River, the First Church in Nigeria, the First Mosque in Egbaland, the Family House of late MKO Abiola, and amongst many other things eyes could see, they saw more brown roofs than they've ever seen all their lives.

Returning back home, and to make the Kid's Happiness fuller, Uncle Speed delivered to the Pupils lots of exciting gifts he brought from Lagos.

The gifts ranging from Learning Support Materials to Personal-Care Gifts were given by donors whom at Project27 Africa are called, 'Angels'.

The next day, the Pupils gathered inside their School Library for a free Workshop on basic Bead Making. At the end of the Workshop, the happy Kids made twisted multiple-stranded beads into Necklaces and Ear-Rings as gifts for their mothers.

Their facilitator was Shade Onitiri, the CEO Ademi Jewellery and a Volunteer at Project27 Africa.

“At Project27 Africa,” Uncle Speed tells, “our Vision is a Rural Africa Populated with happy and literate Kids.

“We do this by identifying a Public Primary School in a Rural Area, selecting 27 Talented Kids from the School, taking them on free Education and Fun Tours to an exciting place in a city near them, and on returning back to their village, we give the freebies which are donated benevolent citizens.

“So," Uncle Speed concluded, "our formula for happy children in rural Africa is to take them, FREE, to places they would not otherwise be able to attend especially because financial difficulties. Happiness is the fun they experience on the trip. Happiness is the sense of wonder they feel. Happiness is the gift (lots of them) that they get FREE."


A TOUR GUIDE AND THE KIDS

ADEOYE POSES WITH THE BEAD HE MADE FOR MUM

ALL FOR NIGERIA

ASCENDING OLUMO

AT THE BASE OF OLUMO ROCK

BACK TO THE VILLAGE

BYE BYUE, CHILDREN...

CECELIA AND UNCLE SPEED

CHILD PREPARED FOR THE TOUR

COMING OUT OF THE CAVE

DEPARTING OLUMO

DESCENDING OLUMO ROCK

GOING BACK HOME

HAPPY KIDS AND UNCLE SPEED

HAPPY TIME WITH UNCLE SPEED

ILERI POSES WITH UNCLE SPEED

INSIDE ONE OF THE CAVES

INSIDE THE LIBRARY FOR THE BEAD MAKING WORKSHOP

INSIDE THE PALACE PREMISES

INSIDE THE TOUR BUS

JUST BEFORE THE CLIMB

KIDS ARRIVE OLUMO

LOTS OF FREEBIES TO TAKE HOME

LUNCH TIME BEFORE DEPARTURE

ON THE FIRST ''FLOOR'' OF OLUMO

ON THE TOP OF OLUMO ROCK

OUT OF THE CAVE

PAUL MADE THIS FOR MUMMY

PENNING DOWN WHAT WE LEARNT AT OLUMO

PLAYING IN THE RAIN WITH UNCLE SPEED

POSING WITH UNCLE SPEED

PTA CHAIRMAN AND STAFF OF ST. PAUL''S ANGLICAN PRIMARY SCHOOL ODOGBOLU

PTA CHAIRMAN JOINS THE KIDS

RELAXING 137 METERS ABOVE SEA LEVEL

SAMUEL AND UNCLE SPED

SHADE ONITIRI CHILDS FACE

SHADE ONITIRI TEACHES THE KIDS BEAD MAKING

SHADE SHOWS TAWA ''HOW-TO''

SHALEWA MAKING HER BEADS

SHALEWA SHOWS OFF THE BEAD SHE MADE

STILL INSIDE ONE OF THE CAVES

STRETCHING ON THE SCHOOL FIELD

TAWA AND UNCLE SPEED ON OLUMO

TAWA POSES WITH THE BEAD SHE MADE

THE KIDS AND THE ALAYE OF ODOGBOLU

THE KIDS IN OLUMO TOURSIT COMPLEX

UNIFORMS WERE DONATED BY FUNNY BONE

UNLCE SPEED GIVES THE GIFTS

VOLUNTEER TOSIN POSES WITH THE KIDS

WALKING THROUGH GRANITE ROCKS