By Oladapo Sofowora
At every attempt to keep her life off public space, Maryam Onikijipa Belgore remains a recurring decimal within the public cynosure. She’s mostly celebrated for her philanthropic gestures to the downtrodden, using her Non-Governmental Organization NGO; Maryam Onikijipa Belgore Foundation as a point of contact. As a daughter of a popular clergyman; Sheik Sulaiman Farooq Onikijipa and wife to a debonair man about town, Abdulsalam Belgore, son of former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Salhiu Modibbo Alfa Belgore, one would wonder what spurred her interest in humanitarian ideals. Sources said, she is only being guided by the teachings of her father, who often says, “In all we do, humanity comes first.”
With a very daring ambition and vision to keep touching the lives of every girl-child, the Kwara State-born mother of three has vowed to keep donating a huge bulk of her income towards their welfare by creating an avenue, where they can all get access quality education through sponsorship, the frequent supply of sanitary pads for their menstrual circle and also provide advocacy against rape, child labour, child molestation, and female genital mutilation. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, she provided succour to the needy by donating edible items worth millions of Naira in Lagos, Kwara, and Abuja.
On Saturday, October 3, the Crescent University Graduate will saunter into a new age. And in celebration of her new age, despite the global pandemic, she visited the Durumi IDP Camp in Abuja, where she donated edible raw food, cash, and other household materials to displaced persons on October 1. She also distributed sanitary towels for young girls and also cut her birthday cake with them as they sang and celebrated with her.
Society Rendezvous gathered that Maryam will spend her birthday with her kids, husband, close friends, and associate. “The celebrant will not be making too much noise. Donating and celebrating with the internally displaced children is enough satisfaction for her. On Saturday, she will be hosting a few friends at her Abuja home. Everyone present will be feted to the very best of continental and local dishes laced with an endless supply of high-cost drinks.”