Nigerian youth philanthropist bags MBE award

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A Nigerian philanthropist, Mrs Olusubomi Iginla-Aina has bagged the Member of the British Empire award in recognition of her hard work to humanity.

In an interview, elated Iginla-Aina said her projection to the UK in 2005 started when Professor Rogers Makanjuola, a former Vice Chancellor of OAU, referred her to UN ECOSOC
to join a project, thus giving birth to her own project, LightUp
Foundation.

Aina, an LLM holder, said the foundation which started 19 years ago, has worked closely with youths in the UK and parts
of Nigeria, especially in Abeokuta and Kwara States.

She said that the foundation has pet projects, such as, Let’s Talk and Bag of Hope, which engage the youths on positive thinking, good value-system, community service and development.

She noted that the highlights of the organisation was
when five youths from the foundation, were selected out of a 15-man team to work on a project in the Croydon Borough, UK, as well as, proudly wearing the outfit she adorned while receiving her insignia from the Prince, by the inmates from the corrective facilities in Nigeria, plus numerous fields of entrepreneurship which the inmates are participating.

The MBE awardee pointed out that the foundation is engaged in reconnecting changed delinquents with their families, as some of them were disowned by their families while in correction centres.

The MBE award is the third highest award in the United Kingdom.