It was the British statesman and Former prime minister of the United Kingdom, Sir. Winston Churchill who said “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
To further buttress the above thought, German-born theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein said “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
In our generation today, certain individuals have not only reechoed the quotes by these great men but have also epitomized the act of selfless service and philanthropy to humanity and their community.
It is for that singular purpose, The Edo Future Project – a coalition of young people promoting good governance, civic engagement, public service and sustainable development in Edo state set out to honor and celebrate an illustrious son and individual of Edo descent with the Edo Heritage Award for Philanthropy and community service.
The award presented at the Abuja residence of Ambassador Bright K.E. Obarogie in Nigeria’s Federal Capital was to appreciate and encourage his magnanimous lifestyle and significant contribution to the development of his community while bringing succor to indigents in his community and beyond.
Ambassador Obarogie who hails from Iguogun in Ovia South-West Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria defied the odds of growing up from a poor background and having experienced what it means to be raised in a poor environment, became highly motivated by the need to transform the poor economic growth in Africa thus committing his time, skills and energy for the development and empowerment of the socially disadvantaged, vulnerable committees in Nigeria, addressing poverty issues and gender based discrimination.
Ambassador Obarogie spearheads activities as Founder of the BKEO Love Foundation, a non-governmental organization with the vision to create intervention programmes in solving some of the continent’s challenges such as Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change, Livelihoods & Food Security, Education, Gender Equality, Water, Sanitation and Physical Infrastructure, Children & Youth, Health and HIV & AIDS.
With so many interventions and donations to individuals and communities, the calm, collected and charitable Ambassador BKEO has impacted over 200 families across Nigeria providing various relief and early recovery services.
BKEO Foundation under the leadership of Ambassador Bright Obarogie has intervened in the development of community physical infrastructure as well as improve the local physical infrastructure which can help better the living conditions of rural communities.
In 2020, despite the hardship inflicted on both individual and corporate economies, Ambassador Bright Obarogie out of his selfless desire to see people’s living condition improved, donated and distributed over 500 bags of 10kg rice to residents and villages across Edo state to ensure these people are able to feed their families in this Yuletide season.
Responding to the award presented to him, Ambassador Obarogie noted that giving back to the society have always been his passion while expressing gratitude to God for life and the ability to give.
Considering the present situation of the country, Obarogie charged everyone including the government, religious leaders, youths, women and even influencers in different areas to play their part in achieving a better society and that all come together to create a favorable society.
Obarogie advised youths to think of positive ways they can contribute to society in order to affect lives positively.
Bright Kevin Esere-Obarogie currently serves as an Ambassador for Peace, Justice and Human Rights working dedicatedly with his team (Team BKEO) to advance the development and empowerment of indigent people in Nigeria and elevating poverty in the society.