Today, I am delighted to announce a full secondary school scholarship, for an exceptionally talented young artist from Pakata in Ubandawaki Ward, Abdulmumeen Samad. He is currently a Senior Secondary School One (SSS1) student. The announcement was not just about financial support; it was a celebration of talent, dedication, and the bright future of our youth. This scholarship will not only cover all his senior secondary school tuition fees, which I paid at his school this morning immediately after I left his parents’ house but also the SSCE (s) and UTME (JAMB) examinations fees.
My journey with this young artist began a few weeks ago when I first encountered his work on social media. His paintings, which masterfully portrayed the former President of the Senate and Waziri of Ilorin, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON, and his father, the late Dr. Abubakar Olushola Saraki, the former Waziri of Ilorin and Senate Leader in the Second Republic, were more than mere images. They were vivid narratives, capturing the Sarakis’ political history with remarkable depth and insight.
What truly struck my mind was not just the young artist’s talent, but the profound way his work appreciates and illuminates human capital development, infrastructural development, youth leadership engagement, patronages, and the impactful political records of Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki in Kwara, which remain unbeatable, particularly in Ilorin, Kwara, and Nigeria at large. His art is a testament to the enduring benefits of Senator Saraki’s contributions, achievements that continue to resonate with the people of Kwara, despite the challenges posed by the current political landscape.
In recognition of the young artist’s extraordinary abilities and his passion for portraying our community’s history and values, I am honoured to extend this scholarship for his education. This support is an expression of my belief in his potential and a commitment to nurturing the talents that will shape our future.
To this remarkable young artist from my community, Pakata, his dedication and skill at such a young age are not just commendable but truly inspiring. His art has not only captured pivotal moments in our history but also sparked conversations about our collective future. As you continue on your artistic journey, also know that you have my full support, especially on the provision of modern drawing tools, and the support as may be required.
I invite everyone in my network and beyond to join me in celebrating this young talent. Let us embrace the power of art to tell our stories and the importance of supporting the dreams of our youth. By nurturing their potential, we are investing in a brighter, more vibrant future for us and our country.
In closing, I pledge my ongoing commitment to this young artist and to other young talents who are waiting to be discovered. May your art continue to bridge our past, present, and future, enlightening and uniting us in our shared journey.