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Areola launches memoir and foundation

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From left: Royal Ladi Apeh, Kas print Services; Bukola Olusola-Alabi; Lucky Omenka, representating Hon Minister for Transportation; Elvis Abuyere, CEO Skywise Group; Ms Kemi Arreola, SA ICT to Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development; Tonto Dike, Founder Tonto Dikeh Foundation; Linus Okorie, President GOTNIL; Blessing Eigbefoh and Osakue Azonabor Representing Hon Minister of State for Power; Kemisola Odetola, Contracts Engineer and Judy Melifonwu, Guinness Nigeria at the launch

Oluwakemi Areola, CEO Vivacity PR and current SA on ICT and Corporate Relations to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, launched her first book, titled 40 going on 80, on Saturday 27th February 2021, alongside her foundation, the Kemi Ann Melody Areola Foundation.

The launch, which marked her 41st birthday, was held at the prestigous Indigo Restaurant and Lounge, Maitama, with a number of dignitaries and high placed individuals present, including the Honourable Minister Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, ably represented by Mrs Funke Oladipo, Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi, Amaechi, ably represented by Mr Lucky Omenka, Honourable Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jeddy Agba, ably represented by Osakue Azonabor and Blessing, Honourable Minister of State, Science and Tech, Mr Mohamed Abdullahi, ably represented by Idowu Afe, as well as Special Assistants from the Ministries of Transportation, Industry Trade and Investment, Women Affairs and more. Mr Linus Okorie and King Tonto Dike also graced the COVID-compliant occasion.

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The celebrant’s foundation, the Kemi Ann Melody Areola Foundation, which was established in 2019, under the Vivacious Ball umbrella, was launched just after a remarkable speech by Ms Areola, and goodwill remarks from the distinguished guests. The foundation, which has as its core vision, “to achieve a society with adequately educated and rightly equipped youths to move the course of the nation and the continent at large”, has so far sponsored girls through school, paying their tuition fees from their current classes to their last term in school.

More recently, the KAMA Foundation visited the students of Government Junior Secondary School, Kubwa, donating much needed books to the school and taking note of areas in need of interventions.

The Honourable Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen, commended the efforts of Oluwakemi Areola, stating how proud she was that the now 41year old, was following her footsteps in being dedicated to changing the lives of others and further committed her unwavering support to the Foundation.

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To launch the book, 40 Going on 80, Miss Judy Melifonwu read an excerpt from the chapter, IJGB (I Just Got Back), preceded by a book review from Miss Stephanie Orkuma. 40 going on 80, is a memoir, detailing the philanthropist’s life and experiences and the rollercoaster of journeying through countries, careers, traditions, and belief systems. In the book, Kemi seeks to tell her story, highlighting her struggles and wins to inspire others and set an example for young career women across the nation and even the continent.

In his remarks, Mr Linus Okorie, President and CEO of GOTNI, praised Miss Areola’s hard work and assured her that GOTNI leadership Centre, will continue to be supportive of all her ventures. King Tonto Dike also spoke of the collaborative efforts that will take place in the future between the Kemi Ann Melody Areola foundation and King Tonto Dikeh foundation.

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