Nigerian Monarch Teaches in College He Builds for Free, Admits Only Poor Students
The king of Oke-Ila in the Nigeria South-Western state of Osun, Oba Adedokun Omoniyi Abolarin, is creating history in a special way.
The monarch built a school where students do not have to pay anything for the all the available educational services provided.
Abolarin College in Oke-Ila, Osun State is one remarkable school where only the poor get admission, and get everything for free.
The students there pay no school fees, enjoy free hostel, free food, free internet, free uniform, free laptop and 24 hours power supply.
All these expenses are paid by the town’s king who, unbelievablly, also teaches in the school.
What makes this school remarkable is that one major criterion for getting admission is being poor. If your parents are rich, you cannot get admission. Unlike other schools, Abolarin College wants poor kids who are very brilliant. If you are poor but brilliant, the king will admit you!
The king believes poor brilliant kids should also be given an equal opportunity to become something in life- so that the future does not belong only to those born with silver spoons in their mouth. The king himself has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law.
Nigeria Sketch gathered that the king has only one wife.
He prefers to invest in the education of future leaders while he aims to reduce the burden of illiteracy in the society, rather than use his wealth to accumulate wives and properties.
Impressively, the college does not care about tribe or religion, neither is it restricted to children from Oke Ila; it is about any less privileged child anywhere who is willing to be educated. That is why the only criterion for admission is poverty and brilliance.
Many of those kids previously hawked pepper, sachet water, fruits etc. Some came from farms where all they did was work under the hot sun weeding and planting. Many are orphans, hawkers, child labourers, delinquents, children of petty traders, but now they have hope, and not just hope, a future.