Billionaire oil magnate, Engr. Seyi Makinde, Saturday night, put smiles on the faces of seven members of an amateur dancing group as they have now become his children.
The team -Unique Glory Dancers had come to perform at the closing ceremony of the third Seyi Makinde Women Support Golf Tournament, sponsored by the 49-year-old governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) at the prestigious Ibadan Golf Club.
The atmosphere was thrown into wide jubilation when the philanthropist announced that he would take over their education by giving them full scholarships to the youngsters- Adedeji Daniel, Malomo Victor Olufemi Miracle, Adedeji Dayo, Obidike Favour, Johnson Rose, Oludairo Damilola and Omisanmi Folasade.
According to the soft-spoken politician, he decided to act on impulse to help the student dancers because,“I always want to practice what I say. As a politician, what is important to me most is putting smile on the faces of people.
“These young ones are here to entertain us today and I can see that they are really talented and I can also assume that their challenges are many. This is why my mind told me that the best thing to do is bring them into the Seyi Makinde Scholarship scheme and add them to my numerous children.
“I will, by the grace of God give them full scholarships. My people will talk to them to take their details. The seven of them are now my children,” he added.
Charging members of the Ibadan Golf Club not to relent in their efforts to promote golf, he appealed to fellow politicians to practice what they say especially when it comes to taking good care of people who voted them into power.
“We must not allow the prevalence of recession to dampen our spirits. We must do what we must do. We just need to keep moving because there is a promise from God that though we will be tested, but we must not fail. But let us cut down on some of our excesses so that we can accommodate the needy.”