For Mrs. Victoria Adeleke, a widow and the coordinator of Oluwakemi Orphanage at Omi-Adio, Ibadan, Oyo State, housing about 30 orphans, it was time for God to fulfil His long time prophecy to her. Adeleke started rolling on the ground with tears in her eyes after beholding a new home – equipped, furnished with education and health facilities -donated by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, through his Hopes Alive Initiative. The Deputy Chief Convener of Hopes Alive Initiatives, Miss Temitope Adesegun, said it was to give Oluwakemi Orphanage a new beginning. She said the decision to donate the building was taken after she and her team visited the former home and discovered the place was unkempt and unfit for children. Adesegun explained that she was really depressed seeing the about 30 children living in such unhealthy environment which could attract sicknesses and all forms of diseases thus she reported the case to the Ooni for urgent action.
She said: “I told the Ooni that their case is beyond revamping or renovat-ing the former house, that it is better we give them a new start and he gave me the authorisation to go and do what I feel would be befitting for them, make them happy and give them a new life hence this new house, fully furnished with educational materials and playing ground for the children to learn and play.” Adesegun also promised that members of the Hopes Alive Initiatives would continue to check on them, supply them with food, books and other education materials, and with the medical team to check their wellbeing. According to her, Ooni’s vision is to live for humanity by putting smiles on people’s faces and believing that nobody is physically challenged that there is ability in every disability once such a person gets support.
She, therefore, called for support from well-meaning Nigerians and organisations. According to her, there are many more children living under such conditions that need help. Speaking amidst tears, Adeleke said this was the miracle of all years because since she started operating the home, she had never received such a surprise. The coordinator added that there were many days she and the children starved and only looked unto God for divine provision.
She said: “I see this as the prophecy of God coming to fulfilment through the Ooni. God spoke to me after calling me into this orphanage ministry that He would visit us with a big surprise some day. I never expected this type of miracle, it’s beyond my imagination and I pray for the Ooni that God will grant all his heart desires and give him long life.” Representative of the Ooni, the Agbolu of Agbaje- Ife, Oba Adebowale Adekunle, said the Ooni was a generous king full of benevolence to mankind.