By JUMI RHODES
The death has been announced of foremost Abuja-based philanthropist, businesswoman, politician, and founder at Mother Theresa Children’s(Orphanage) Home in Gwarimpa, Abuja, Yeye Bolanle Dare. Dare passed away on 15th January 2016 at the age of 48. Residents of the federal capital city have been thrown into mourning since the news broke. For her contributions to the society, Dawn-To-Dusk News gathered that the International Monetary Fund(IMF) boss Christine Lagarde was at her Abuja orphanage and she had shared some of her dreams with the French bureacrat. One of Yeye Bola Dare’s dreams was to build a bigger place for the orphans when she turns 50 and that will be the 10th founding anniversary of the orphanage.
Indeed Yeye Bola Dare has written her name in the sands of time. In an interview she granted in 2013, Bola Dare said:” The most important thing for me is that I am recognised by God Almighty who called me to do this job. I really don’t need human praise for the job I have been called to do. Sure, I appreciate all the support I get. But as someone who was given a job to do by God, I have to do it well without looking for cheap praise from people. Neither do I need to begrudge those who say negative things. Do I really need people to say thank you for doing God’s work? They only need to encourage me and ask me how the children are doing. I have agreement with God and I am doing my best to keep my own side of the agreement. My agreement with God is to take care of children, especially the abandoned ones and He takes care of me forever.I must add that my topmost priority is giving my children the very best. When they get the best, by the time they grow my garage will be full of the best cars in the world. I have no doubt that my children will take good care of me when they grow up.”