By Azuka Ogujiuba
The Catholic Church of Assumption Falomo, Lagos, headed by the Parish Priest Reverend Father Pius Omofuma will celebrate its annual Harvest Lunch and Dance at the Harbour Point on Sunday. This year’s harvest is themed “Harvest of Divine Restoration”.
This year’s fundraising event is geared towards the ongoing second phase of the church’s school project, Mater Ecclesiae College, Igbodu, Epe, a co educational boarding secondary school in Epe. The event is channelled to raise money to support educational enrichment programs of the church school project.
The objective of the church is to establish a qualitative, co-educational, boarding secondary school for the Nigerian child. The school was founded as the Church’s contribution to bridging the gap and raising the standard of education in our country by providing high quality education of international standard. In order to ensure that international standards are instituted and maintained, foreign religious affiliation is being sought with the assistance of His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lagos. His Grace also recently appointed an administrator- Father John Nteojah who is assisted by the Sisters of Saint Michael the Archangel.
Admission will be on merit by competitive entrance examinations. There is an ongoing plan for a scholarship fund, which will accommodate children who succeed at the entrance examinations, but cannot afford the fees.
Although founded and promoted by the church, admission to the school is open to bright students of all religious persuasions and even the irreligious. The school is situated on 15 acres of land in Epe, a fast-growing area that is serene.
The School opened two years ago and the pioneer students of the school began classes in September 2015. The money raised from this year’s fundraiser will be used to provide additional facilities like hall, chapel, football field, basket ball court, etc.
The Chairman of the Day for the Harvest Lunch and Dance fund-raising event is Mr Ike Chioke. He is the Group Managing Director, Afrinvest (West Africa Limited). Mr Ike has over 25years of investment banking experience.
The chairman of the Harvest Planning Committee, Mr Yemi Aluko, the Managing Director of Mystrose Limited, a multifaceted solutions providing company to the maritime, power, defence and security sectors of the Nigerian economy. They are the local representatives to many OEM’s to these sectors in Nigeria.
The chairperson for this year’s Harvest Lunch and Dance is renowned fashion designer Mrs Lanre Da Silva Ajayi. She is expected to put up a fashion show alongside other colleague in the Fashion world, Designer Extraordinaire Mai Atafo. The two vice chairpersons for this year’s Harvest Lunch and Dance are Mrs Ngover Ihyembe Nwankwo and Mrs Ehi Akingbade. Mrs Ngover Ihyembe- Nwankwo is an Executive Principal and Relationship Manager within the International Corporate Segment in Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria’s Global Banking Business. Whilst, Mrs Ehi Akingbade is a seasoned Lawyer and fashion entrepreneur.
Mai Atafo and Idia Aisien are the comperes of the day. Saxophonist Beejay Sax will be on ground to serenade the audience with good music. The legendary King Sunny Ade and Flavour N’abania will entertain guests.
This year’s lunch event promises to be exciting.