"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow."

Fatima Temitope’s story is inspiring. Her journey with the BTA Education Support Program started when she was introduced to me by the Ovie Brume Foundation. Being involved in a success story constantly reminds one of the transient nature of life’s challenges and the stark reminder that if we stay focused and get better at what we do, then success is only a matter of time.

Fatima is currently a 200L Zoology student of UNILAG. From maintaining a stable academic standing, she has extended her exploits to the extracurricular scene by being involved in a variety of sports activities such as Taekwondo, athletics and volleyball. On Saturday, November 11, 2017, she placed tenth out of 4000+ participants in the 10km Lagos Women Run 2017 Marathon. Earlier in the year, Fatima also emerged winner (First Female Bantam Weight, Team Lagos) of the 6th Inspector General of Police Open Taekwondo Championship 2017. Also, at the 2017 Nigerian Universities Games (NUGA) in Makurdi, she placed third in the Female Bantam Weight category. (In our chat with her, she actually says she won all three fights with a knockout). And this is just a drop in her pool of sporting achievements till date.

The BTA Education Support Program is very proud of Fatima and her steady rise in the face of glaring difficulties and challenges. For the past three years, her status as the inaugural recipient of the BTA Education Support Program scholarship has been a source of motivation for us to do more and expand the Program’s scope. Fatima currently benefits from our all-encompassing scholarship program and we wish her more exploits and successes in the months and years ahead.

Kudos to the Ovie Brume Foundation and other similar NGOs out there who toil day and night to ensure that diamonds in the rough such as Fatima have a chance at life and becoming role models.