*Success Still Attend Public School
By Ovie Okpare
Mrs. Vera Adegor, the mother of the Sapele schoolgirl who became famous last year after a video of her insisting to be flog rather than being driven home went viral, has apologized to Nigerians over a recent video where her daughter claimed that all the promises made to her family were fake and unredeemed.
She specifically apologized to one of Nigerian kings of comedy, Ayo Makun fondly called AY and social Media influencer, Mr Jollof and several other donors who came to her family’s rescue over the new viral video insinuating that they did fulfilled their promises.
The mother of the eight-year-old Success made the apology in an Exclusive interview with NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online on Saturday where she clarified criticisms trailing the video made by her daughter.
Success, a then primary three pupil of Okotie-Eboh Primary School 1 in the Sapele Local Government Area of the state, became popular after school teacher sent home in March 2019 for the failure of her parents to pay her examination levies.
But Success in another viral video this week claimed that all the promises made to her family were fake (audio promises) which had not been fulfilled one year after such promises were made to her parents.
However, Nigerians who reacted to the new video including social media influencer, Mr. Jollof, bashed the schoolgirl’s family for being ungrateful and lying that they were not helped by Nigerians.
When NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online contacted the family on Saturday, Mrs. Adegor pleaded with Nigerians to forgive her daughter and the family for the misgiving.
She explained that, “It’s people that brought this confusion. We didn’t say anything about AY or Mr Jollof. We don’t know about their pictures being used. We don’t know anything about all that. Mr AY invited us to Lagos for a show and he gave some money. AY tried for us. I don’t know why people are calling his name. I don’t know why people are also calling Mr Jollof. We don’t have hand in it. The truth is that most of them tried for us. The new video was not meant to beg for more help.
“The clarification I would like to make is that Success was not begging for more alms. She was trying to express her feeling as a child. Most people that promised her didn’t come back to fulfill the promise but they went to social media to celebrate it that they have helped us. She was not referring to everybody in the video. We apologise for that.
“We also want the public to know that not everybody that made promises actually fulfilled them. Those rumours they hear about visa is not true. Sometime people tell me that your daughter is no longer in the country but when I tell them that Success is at home they won’t believe me. The public should know that she was not given visa.
“We have also read in the papers that her father was given job, that’s not true. The one that published that he bought us house at Shell Road in Sapele is not true. People should not believe that we are now billionaires. We are okay and we appreciate what Nigerians did for us.
“As you would have observed in that video, Success made that video during a movie set in Abuja. I don’t think somebody who went for movie production would still be begging for alms. She (Success) got a lot of scholarships. We appreciate all they did for us.”
When asked about Mr. Jollof’s donation, Adegor explained that the social media influencer enrolled Success at His Majesty School, a private school in Sapele, for a term, but the eight-year-old could not attend the school because the state government insisted that her daughter must attend the school where she was sent home since her video had turned around the fortune of the school.
She explained further that another donor, Mr. Charles Okpalefe, also paid for another private school, Our Savour Schools, which Success did not also attend because of the state government stance that she had been awarded scholarship to finish her primary education at Okotie-Eboh Primary School 1.
Also speaking, Success’ former Manager, Mr. Malcolm Tagbarha, pleaded with Nigerians to forgive the family especially the eight-year-old girl, adding that at her age, she was not old enough to take critical decision regarding what she said in the video.
Tagbarha said, “My passion and commitment towards promoting and celebrating every good thing from “SAPELE TO THE WORLD”, inspired my desire to brand and package little Miss Success Adegor from the onset, as an Education Ambassador, however, the parents had other ideas and I can’t force them to do otherwise.
“It was against this backdrop that I had to let her parents be. I then decided to allow them to take over the management of their daughter as they so wish, going forward.
“Therefore, the little innocent girl shouldn’t be blamed for whatever happens therefrom, especially at this point in time, because she is barely 8 years old and is still very young to take critical decisions about her future.”