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Actress keeps faith with Chrisland School despite bullying allegations

By Adelowo Adebumiti
04 November 2021   |   2:46 am
Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, has disclosed that she will not be withdrawing her daughter from Chrisland School.

Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie, has disclosed that she will not be withdrawing her daughter from Chrisland School.

According to Atinuke Akionola of Sol PR, the actress disclosed this at the Chrisland School, VGC Branch after discussions with the management and select members of the Chrisland School Advisory Board over the bullying of her daughter, which she earlier alleged and posted it on her Instagram handle.

Speaking about the incident, which led to the social media crisis, Mrs. Johnson-Okojie said: “Purity, our daughter, had an encounter with a teacher whose seemingly inflexible approach got her off-balance. We have been able to have a deep, frank conversation with the Chrisland authorities and we have come to a meaningful positive resolution. It is our choice to move forward together as crucial partners with valuable, immeasurable roles to play in the development of our children.

“We are pleased with their efforts towards ensuring that all pupils get an all-round balanced and qualitative learning. Chrisland has assured us of their commitment to the bigger picture, which is firmly centred upon being responsive to the fragile emotions of children as well as the valid concerns of parents.”

To those who did not agree with her approach on social media, Johnson-Okojie said: “Yes, different opinions are welcome. After all, in the world and social space such as ours, agreement and disagreements are bound to occur. However, blatant falsehoods and untruthful narratives should be completely eschewed.”

In her own remarks, Managing Director, Chrisland School Conglomerate, Mrs. Ibironke Adeyemi, said the school and the family had a long, frank and fruitful conversation, part of which was a firm reassurance that Chrisland as an institution holds sacrosanct, zero tolerance for bullying.

She said the school investigated the issue and were able to establish that there were rough edges to smoothen up from a clearly avoidable misunderstanding.

“We ironed this out without losing focus on the bigger picture of deepening our children, including Purity Okojie, in our institution’s core values, which are discipline, integrity, professionalism, love and excellence. The cordiality and empathy accorded the Okojies is characteristic of our corporate tradition and cuts across every family that holds us in trust to raise their kids irrespective of race, creed or social standing,” she stated.

She commended the actress for paying exceptional and detailed attention to her children, despite the pressure and demands of her profession.

“There is no perfect organisation, but one of the sustainable drivers of growth for Chrisland is the institution’s capacity to always embrace instructive feedback, translate the vital elements to learning curves and place premium value on constructive engagement,” Adeyemi emphasised.

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