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MTN Foundation

Executive Secretary’s Note

In collaboration with our valued stakeholders, we stand as one voice to lead Corporate Social Investments in Nigeria measured by impactful and sustainable projects.

Guided by our vision that everyone should live an improved quality of life, we set out by setting clear objectives which include:

    1. To increase our pool of shared meaning through stakeholder engagement and ecosystem partnerships;
    2. To contribute significantly to the quality of lives and livelihoods through social interventions;
    3. To strengthen our Monitoring and Evaluation methods to deliver value to our communities and deepen impact;
    4. To continue to serve as the reference point for Corporate Social Investment in Nigeria.

Even then, we had no idea what it will be like to be a part of such powerful interventions that become inspirational stories. Stories of people empowered to live a better quality life, despite the several constraints and/or obstacles that faced them- like Miss Opeyemi Adewale, one of our Alumni Scholar, who though visually impaired at the age of 5, has risen from this incident to become a motivational speaker, nail art enthusiast, and has worked as a human resources manager at PWC, one of the leading professional services networks in the world.

Inspired by Mr. Irewole Komolafe, from a humble background, who sponsored the education of 3 others whilst an undergraduate, in a bid to support his family. Being an MTN Scholar availed him the opportunity to support his family, whilst also receiving the much-needed resources for his studies. Through his doggedness, he got an internship and was later promoted to a full-time staff with PISCES Offshore Limited.

Moved by the Story of Mr. Ekene Christian Odumegwu, who nominated Sabon Gari Primary School, Wudil, Kano State, his Primary Place of Assignment during his service year, to benefit from the School furniture project under the What Can We Do Together (WCWDT) initiative. A true patriot, he remembered the pupils sitting on the floor to learn, hence his nomination.

Lifted by seeing the fulfillment of dreams in the stories of Mrs. Mary Okwori and Mr. Andrews Soairi, both graduates of the Musical School of Nigeria (MUSON) who graduated with 1st degrees in different disciplines but through our scholarships with MUSON, were able to become music professionals. A new chance to pursue life on their terms.

This is ‘us’. Our stories. The embodiment of the Nigerian spirit of hope and resilience. We are proud and humbled to play a part in the lives of the men and women of our great country, passionate about the implementation of these projects and honoured to have a hand in making dreams come true.

This is our calling; to do more, together.

Odunayo Sanya