“I enjoyed the food, because I didn’t eat the whole day and last night,” said Joseph, one of the children who on Sunday enjoyed lunch with Nigerian-born businesswoman Susan Opute-Somosu. Another child, Emilia, added: “I’m happy and so full. The cake was delicious, thank you.”
The less privileged, orphans and street kids gathered at the Kapepo Soup Kitchen in Freedomland’s Omunguidi Street, where they joined Opute-Somosu, who treated them to lunch on the occasion of her birthday. The day also coincided with the fourth-year anniversary of the Susan Opute Foundation (SOF).
The soft-spoken Opute-Somosu used her birthday to treat the kids to a generous lunch followed by the cutting of her birthday cake. Seated on the ground, the children happily tucked into the food. Once their stomachs were full, many of them danced to the lively music, while others happily indulged themselves on the playground.
Opute-Somosu also took time to interact with the children and asked them if they were satisfied. Some friends accompanied the Nigerian-born businesswoman to assist on the day.
“It makes me happy to be able put a smile on children’s faces. I decided to celebrate my birthday with them, because there is no one else I’d rather spend [time] with. When you give, you will always receive, but most importantly the impact you have on people is what matters,” she said.
Opute-Somosu is the first woman in Africa to own a recording label.
Through the Foundation she has already dedicated a million Namibian Dollars to poverty eradication and education. She has been touring schools doing motivational talks and donating food, clothes and educational materials to schools and children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.