Linda Osifo…Nollywood diva remembers Little Saints

Linda Osifo presenting the computers to management of Little Saints Orphanage

To cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on students, who can no longer attend school due to the lockdown, Nollywood’s actress and TV host, Linda Osifo, through her Love and Oneness (LAO) Foundation, is eradicating poverty and illiteracy in communities.

Set up in 2018, the Foundation recently donated seven sets of computers to the Little Saints Orphanage, Shasha in Akowonjo, who are in dire need of an ICT structure to enhance online learning during the lockdown.

Speaking at the ceremony, the actress said, “I’m glad to make this donation to Little Saints Orphanage, despite the many obstacles we encountered to bring this to fruition.

“We believe love is what matters the most at the end of the day, and we believe togetherness also matters a lot. I wish we could have done more, however, we believe with small initiatives, others will be encouraged to do more.”

The award-winning actress, who has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from York University in Toronto Canada, said the Foundation focuses on the minorities in communities.

“Children who are orphans have fewer advantages, privileges, and opportunities than most people do. That is why we have an interest in starting what we do within orphanage homes.

“We have made trips to orphanages in the south (Benin City) and within Lagos state but this particular initiative is something new and different that we have not done before.”

On how funds are raised for the projects, Osifo said, “For now, our projects are individually sponsored and funded by the family. We only can do one project annually because of funding so we save towards each annual project. The end of ambition is to expand the number of projects.”

The 29-year-old actress noted that the choice of name for the Foundation came from the initials LAO, which are the initials of her name, stressing that she wanted to still keep those initials but with a core root of what the foundation represents and made out of which is love and oneness.

“The future of The LAO foundation is definitely unlimited. Despite starting solely, we visualise having an organisation that can be strong enough to create various opportunities for individuals. The aspiration is to expand, grow, and improve as many communities as we can,” she added.

Overwhelmed with joy while receiving the donations, the founder of Little Saints Orphanage, Akowonjo, Mrs. Dele George, said the donation is a very timely intervention, which they are grateful for.

“We lay so much emphasis on education here at Little Saints because without it, these children’s past will continue to haunt them and they won’t be able to live a financially independent life when they leave the orphanage’’.

“There is no way the history of Little Saints will be written without the mention of the LAO Foundation, and because of this act of kindness, we will be adding Linda Osifo’s name to our hall of fame.”

Osifo registered her presence in Nollywood sometime in 2015 when she was nominated for an award for her role in a hit TV series, Desperate Housewives Africa by Ebonylife TV. She has since become a regular feature in series on Nollywood movies.

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