By Kola Odepeju
Philanthropism is a virtuous conduct. It’s a rare virtue, however. It’s one attribute that distinguishes those who have the blood of kindness, compassion and empathy flowing in their veins, from others. One thing about philanthropists is that it’s natural with them. Philanthropists hardly wait to become billionaire or multi-millionaire or even a millionaire before they start impacting positively on humanity. From the little that’s available to them they do engage in charity and they strive to improve the living conditions of others. Putting smiles on the faces of others is what gives them happiness.
Philanthropism itself could rightly be regarded as a gift from God who happens to be the arch-philanthropist. It’s a gift because it’s not everyone who has the means to do it that engages in it. It’s practiced by only those whom God has blessed with it. This is so because those who engage in the act do it with joy. They don’t hesitate to act generously in this regard because that appears to be where they find their own fulfilment. Come rain come shine they continue to donate generously to noble causes. A research into the lives of renowned world philanthropists confirm the above assertions.
Yeye Oyebimpe Davis, daughter of a renowned Artist, Highchief Muraina Oyelami, known as Yeye Asa, is a USA based illustrious daughter of Iragbiji town in Osun state. Her life fits perfectly into the above descriptions. She’s a good doer*. A woman who believes in helping the underprivileged in the society; especially old people, the physically challenged and children from poor backgrounds whose desires to acquire good education are being affected by their backgrounds. Her Foundation, OYEBIMPE GENEROUS HEARTS FOUNDATION whose primary objective is to provide social welfare services to the needy has impacted significantly in the lives of the people; especially in the rural communities.
Yeye Oyebimpe Davis is a silent giver who doesn’t believe in making noise about her philanthropic deeds. This might be the reason why her name hasn’t featured prominently like that of others on the social cum philanthropic map in the country. But apart from being a philanthropist, another thing that endares Yeye Asa of Iragbiji town to many people is her love for culture.
She’s a culture icon who has promoted and propagated Yoruba culture beyond the shores of Nigeria. Her USA cultural group goes by the name YEYE ASA EDUMULTICULTURAL GROUP; the group, with which she propagates Yoruba culture in the diaspora. She’s also into film production. Also her love for Yoruba bàtá drum and her dancing steps to it, is quintessential. Oyebimpe Davis is no doubt a woman whose life deserves to be emulated by others especially the younger generations.