Nigerian junior table tennis player, Michael Obayomi, along with two other players Mustapha Bello and Akabom Eyo has been awarded scholarships by the Lagos-based American Hospital, Lekki.
The hospital said they formed a table tennis club to nurture the talents of Obayomi, who is an orphan, and the others.
Obayomi is a student of Estate Senior Grammar School, Oshodi, while Bello is a second year student of the Yaba College of Technology and Akabom Eyo is currently seeking admission into a higher institution of learning.
Michael Odegbami, the club’s coordinator, said the club was borne out of the hospital’s Managing Director, Dr Richard Afonja’s passion for table tennis.
He said, “The scholarship is worth N25,000 monthly, which will be for their upkeep and day-to-day sustainability. There is work in progress for them to have education scholarships and study in Bayeux, France. They will also attend the California Open Table Tennis Championships.
Michael’s story actually spurred the formation of the club. He’s a very talented player but an orphan, so he’s having challenges concentrating and balancing his education with sports.”
Fifteen-year-old Obayomi said he was grateful to God to have been signed on by the American Hospital.
He said, “I thank the hospital for this gesture and I promise to give a good account of myself. Since my mother and father died in 2011 and 2013 respectively, life hasn’t been easy at all.”