A Lagos-based Entrepreneur, Business Mogul and Philanthropist, Yeye Atorise of Ikeja High School, Lagos State, Afolashade Ajike Shona has been conferred with an Honourary Doctorate Degree by the Kingdom Life University, Florida, United States of America, USA for her contributions to the Society.
The conferment ceremony of the National Matron of the Association of Female Artisans Worldwide, AOFAW, took place during the 1st Anniversary of the Association in partnership with Kingdom Life University, Florida, USA.
The occasion which attracted many eminent personalities from all walks of life made the House 5, Royal Comfort, Jakande Road, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos State, filled to capacity amidst pomp and pageantry.
The Representative of the University said, Dr. Afolashade Ajike Shona undoubtedly deserved the honour of Honourary Doctor of Philosophy bestowed on her, considering her track records of excellence in entrepreneurship, leadership, Philanthropy, and contributions to human capital development.
He described the National Matron of AOFAW as a great ambassador of Nigeria wherever she is, saying she has carved an enviable niche as one of the prides of the Country both at home and in the diaspora.
Speaking, the National Women Leader, Association of Female Artisans Worldwide, AOFAW, Dr. Jumoke Aborode eulogized Dr. Afolashade Ajike Shona for her immense contributions towards making the society habitable for her co-human beings especially, her mentorship and role modelling for other women and the Children to emulate.
She said, the Awardee has opened eyes of some women to greatness in life through hardwork and diligence, which made her the choice of being the National Matron of the Association in the Country.
Dr. Afolashade Ajike Shona wears many caps as a philanthropist and an Employer of labour of repute who has bagged several awards both at home and in the diaspora.
She is the brain behind Avo Pizza Fabulous where many people are gainfully employed to reduce high rate of unemployment in the Country, she also runs a non-profit organisation that is renowned for charitable cause. Through her Foundation, Dr. Afolashade Ajike Shona has built a strong legacy of selflessness and compassion by making life more meaningful to the people particularly, the less privileged.
She has touched many lives of the less privileged in the society through scholarships and provision of School Uniforms and other necessary items for the indigent students.
Also, in her quest for a well-rounded early age education for the children, Dr. Afolashade Ajike Shona ventured into the provision of educational aids and children’s playground equipment. She is the Chairman/CEO of DLA Children Playground Equipment and Toys Limited.
Her Organisation partners Government Agencies, including Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC and Stated Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, to supply quality equipment to Schools across the Country, with a view to stimulating interest in learning and safe for Children to use.
The Education Management graduate has no tolerance for low performance and non-performance which gave her a popular name of Iron-Lady.
She is a Business Icon with special interest in Amusement Parks and Food Items Manufacturing and any other legitimate business.
Dr. Afolashade Ajike Shona over the years has been paying salaries to some teachers handling the less privileged and indigent Children in Lagos and its environs, to make them useful to the Society in the nearest future, with a believe that, once the children are properly catered for, they would contribute their quota to the Nation’s Development later in life.
Responding, Dr. Afolashade Ajike Shona who attributed all what she has been doing to the grace of God to help humanity in her little way, commended the AOFAW in partnership with the Kingdom Life University, Florida, for counting her worthy of the Award, with promise to continue to put smiles on the faces of others in the society.
Dr Shona thanked the Royal Fathers, eminent personalities, friends, family and associates who graced the occasion, wishing them well in all they do in life too.
At the Ceremony, Association of Female Artisans Worldwide, AOFAW, also presented an Award of Excellence to the National Matron, Dr. Afolashade Ajike Shona in addition to many feathers already in her caps.
She has received Award Recognition for her Excellence Contributions to Education Sector and Services to Humanity. In 2023, the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria, CRAN, gave her Sterling Award. Also, Lagos State Ministry of Education gave her Award in Recognition and Appreciation of her contributions to the development and growth of Special Education in Lagos State. Among many other Awards.