The Guild of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria has expressed deep shock over the death of one of it’s very active member, Aramide Oikelome.
The guild in a press release signed by the president of the association, Chief Chris Kehinde Nwandu, expressed its sadness over the incident.
According to him, Oikelome’s contribution to the growth of the association cannot be overemphasized.
Apart from making a mark in her chosen profession (journalism), she was also noted for her humanitarian support for the less privileged especially the widows.
The association expressed its condolences to the family of the deceased on this irreparable loss.
Elizabeth Aramide Kehinde Oikelome, a Media Practitioner and Media Consultant was an ace journalist/writer with over twenty years cognate experience garnered from both private and mainstream media.
A Girls’ Right Advocate and Founder-Girls Arise Initiative, Aramide Oikelome was at the forefront of the vanguard to safeguard the girl-child against all forms of abuse and provide a safe space for her conquer all obstacles and maximize her potentials. She promoted advocacy against early child marriage, child-labour, rape, human trafficking and other forms of exploitation that tend to keep the girl-child down and out. Through Girls’ Arise Initiative, she inspired and supported girls to acquire good education and built life skills in spite of financial hardshipand cultural barriers. She upheld that girls should be resilient in pursuing a great career/leadership opportunity despite all odds.
By extension, she also ran an Adolescent Mothers Club to bring healing to pregnant girls, teenage mothers/out of school girls and builds a strong support system for them by giving them a second chance to rebuild their lives through education and economic empowerment.
A Social Entrepreneur and Change-maker, Aramide Oikelome continued to demonstrate great leadership skills, passion, resilience and unparalleled love for humanity. She was the Executive Director of Bestspring Children and Youth Development Foundation and Goshen Home & Orphanage (NGO) where she worked passionately to heal hurts, restore hope and empower orphans and vulnerable children and youths in Nigeria before her death .
Through Bestspring Foundation and Goshen Orphanage, she advocated for the rights of vulnerable children/youths in underdeveloped communities by providing them with the much -needed educational, psycho-social and nutritional support which enables them to enjoy steady, qualitative and holistic education.
Aramide Oikelome was a fresh graduate of the Voices of our Future (VOF) signature training program of World Pulse and a Featured Changemaker.
She is a recipient of the 2018 D&Ksuomi Foundation Humanitarian Award.
Indeed, Aramide Oikelome is a woman of many parts- a Wife, Mother, Sister, Friend, Journalist, Public Speaker, Counselor, Child’s Rights Advocate, Girls’ Right Advocate, Care-giver, Philanthropist, Social Entrepreneur and much more.
She lived in Lagos with her husband, Dr. Albert Oikelome, an Associate Professor of Music, University of Lagos and her children.
May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.