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Check Out Chinyere Nwabugwu’s Renovation Project at Ireti Primary School During her NYSC Year



Chinyere Accessing the School

It is not every time we get a chance to see the everyday people stepping out of their comfort zone to do something selfless for people in need. So, it is with great pride that BellaNaija introduces Chinyere Nwabugu, who spent her time during NYSC renovating Ireti Primary School in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Chinyere, who returned to Nigeria after acquiring a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, was posted to serve as an electoral officer during the 2015 general elections. She discovered Ireti Primary School, when she was sent there to work as the INEC Presiding officer.

She was not pleased with the state of things, and decided to do something about it, with a 5-stage plan.

  • Physical restoration of the school including re-painting the classrooms
  • Installation of whiteboards in every classroom
  • The purchase of wall clocks for each classroom
  • The purchase of educational supplies for the pupils
  • Skills acquisition training

Before Renovation Ireti Primary School Classroom 2 Before Renovation Ireti Primary School Classroom During Renovation Ireti Primary School Classroom Before Renovation Ireti Primary School Ikoyi

For Chinyere, she just wanted the children who went to learn at Ireti Primary School, to have a more conducive learning environment. She wanted to help them get a chance at improving the quality of their education.

After Renovation Ireti Primary School Ikoyi 05 After Renovation Ireti Primary School Ikoyi 03 Skills 01 After Renovation Ireti Primary School Ikoyi 02

Here’s an excerpt from the message sent to us by her team:
“She was moved to do the project because she found out that most of the pupils came from Borno state because of the Boko Haram insurgence in their state and they are being left to study in such dilapidated environment.

She said you need to see the joy on the children when they arrived the school and saw the transformation. She said they prayed for her during her assembly. She also said they loved the skills acquisition training and this made it worth it to her.

She trained the pupils in bead making which was a skill she learnt during her NYSC SAED training. She said it was so easy passing on the skill to other students.”
Skills 05Skills 04Skills 03Skills 02

Special thanks to Chinyere for doing this. We hope someone reading this will be inspired; because, every little counts!


  1. zeal

    August 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Thumbs Up babe. God bless. Bella please we will like that you feature more NYSC CD project too

  2. sum1special

    August 16, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Selflesss. Girls like this should be acknowledged . So grateful for how well she is giving back to the community. She has inspired me.

  3. lola

    August 16, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Awwww! May God bless you Chinyere. we don’t have to wait for our leaders to do everything for us,we can be the change we want.

  4. DoroAnon

    August 16, 2015 at 9:33 am

    God Bless U! Dr Chinyere :* Wow ! Bravo!! As I was scrolling down to see wat renovation u did, I didn’t expect this much, for d smiles u put on dis faces. Almighty God would continue to make u smile,Ur resources would never run dry :’) all dis children would become somebody in life, d way u beautified their classroom. N made it colourful, God would make ur life colourful ! I can continue praying! The next time we reaad about u would be on forbes magazine! How it would happen I dnt kno! I trust GOD!

  5. Inspired!

    August 16, 2015 at 9:49 am

    This is absolutely amazing. I’m so inspired! We always feel so helpless and think there’s really nothing we can do that’ll make much of a difference, and expect the government to do everything. The government has clearly failed. It’s now up to you and me to build a Nigeria that we can be proud to hand over to the next generation. Kudos to you Chinyere. May God bless the works of your hands and raise helpers on your behalf.

  6. B.E

    August 16, 2015 at 9:54 am


  7. demashi

    August 16, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Well done Chinyere, that was my primary school. Was there some 4 years back to distribute books and other reading materials and also got my office to run a malaria program by distributing insecticide treated nets to teachers and students of both Ireti & Hope school a year after. It would be nice to mention any corporate organisation you got help from. They deserve our appreciation.

  8. Says who?

    August 16, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Super heroine!

  9. ME

    August 16, 2015 at 10:32 am

    may GOD bless you, chinyere.

  10. Mimi May

    August 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

    You are too much! I duff my hat for you.

  11. Zadera

    August 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Well done!

  12. Amh

    August 16, 2015 at 11:52 am

    She deverves the accolade. Well done.

  13. Ermm

    August 16, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    And what about the sponsors? How did she accomplish this. The story is incomplete without that piece. Real inspiration should always include the how, not just the what. Well done Chinyere.

    • Lala

      August 16, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Her father worked with Shell in Delta State. Maybe she used that connection or raised funds from the US where she studied and worked.
      Does any one here not know her? FGC, Warri?

    • Dee

      August 17, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Is that really all you could think of?..that her father worked in she’ll?……are you so vain that you can’t see someone helping others. Seriously, get over yourself and appreciate good works or do something yourself, so others can appreciate you.

    • Anonymous

      August 18, 2015 at 10:26 am

      You sound quite stupid with your comment. What does connection have to do with anything her. Just appreciate her efforts and contribution to the society.

    • Isioma lee

      August 17, 2015 at 6:17 am

      Have u given a thought to d fact dat she may have used her own funds wt help from a few friends n family?

  14. Nwaigbo

    August 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Well done Chi Chi. You are a true daughter of your father.

    • Diuto

      August 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      And mother. Sperms don’t make a baby without eggs. Babies also need a womb for 9months. You are welcome

  15. Nwaigbo

    August 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    God bless you big

  16. Kate

    August 16, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    She truly stands out. Please excuse my curiosity. Why are the kids wearing hats? Is it due to a climate condition?

  17. qb

    August 16, 2015 at 5:47 pm


  18. niyoola

    August 16, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    God bless you. It’s always good to give back to the community or society. Doesn’t have to be anything big. Even if it’s just 1,500 naira ankara to a family.

  19. Me Myself and I

    August 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Amazing work, every little counts, we don’t need to wait on massive projects to make a positive impact in our communities.

  20. Tosin

    August 16, 2015 at 10:05 pm


  21. info

    August 17, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Well done, cuz! So proud of you, from the T-dot!

  22. Emeka O

    August 17, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Well done Chinyere !! This is truly exceptional and embodies the heart and spirit of what it means to be our brothers (or sisters) keeper. Very proud of you

  23. chistar

    August 17, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Well done girl! Sponsors or not, it takes determination, passion and persistence to get such a project going, and the grace of God! You have done a good thing here and inspired us. Praying that God will continue to bless what your hands touch in Jesus’ Name! Let us encourage each other to keep doing things like this and Nigeria will be all the better for it.

  24. Mabel

    August 17, 2015 at 1:34 am

    I love people like her. Not sitting and waiting for someone else to come a long and do something, you see it and it is displeasing to you, and you can fix it, then fix it. She will go far in life and will be a great asset to Nigeria.

  25. cryingneversolvedanything

    August 17, 2015 at 2:13 am

    well done Chi, this is amazing

  26. Oludotun Onakoya

    August 17, 2015 at 2:19 am

    People need to understand that it is really not about the much that we do but the little that we do that can put a smile on the faces of people. Character is a smoke; it goes where u don’t know. Good job Chi girl.

  27. Agape

    August 17, 2015 at 5:28 am

    This is so inspiring. God bless you, Chinyere!

  28. Chioma

    August 17, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Yeap! Chineyere is sure going places… Love her zeal! Chinyere represents everywhere she goes! She’s sooo amazing ; super proud of her 🙂

  29. Valerie

    August 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

    @Lala, yes I know her well from FGC warri as well as her background and entire family. She’s never been one to depend on daddy’s resources and I can boldly say that her selflessness is inborn and not as an offshoot of her affluence. Extremely proud of Chinyere…she’ll always be a role model to us.

  30. Jules

    August 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I think she deserves to be the MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN NIGERIA….. This HEROINE need to be recognized.

  31. Chioma A.

    August 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Proud of u always Chi…. you have been a great inspiration personally to me as a friend. God bless you real good.

  32. Adaeze Writes

    August 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    May God bless you for this dear.

  33. Weqa

    August 17, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Dear God, empower me to give back to my society.

  34. Chijioke

    August 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I think she has made a mark on earth

  35. Ima

    August 17, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    God bless you. See the joy in the children’s faces.

  36. Emeka N.

    August 18, 2015 at 2:16 am

    Well done and congratulations on the recognition. Proud of you!!

  37. Nnaemeka

    August 18, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Oooo Chinyere has always been exceptional. In all her dealings.I remember her elegance years ago at FGC Warri.Even her academic excellence beyond Nigeria.It runs in the family.Indeed Chinyere Nwabugwu is really playing the meaning of her first and surname.Thumbs up girl,God bless you.

  38. Emmanuel

    August 18, 2015 at 11:20 am

    This is something out of the ordinary. I was a student in Ireti Secondary School. Those buildings looked something other than a class room. Thumps up girl! I hope to emulate you some day.

  39. amy

    August 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    awww this is so good to hear. God will replenish it all babes. you are blessed beyond measures. you will never lack and may all good intentions and desires be fulfilled in jesus name. amen,

  40. Dr. Pedro

    August 19, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Congrats boo, I always knew you would be awesome. God bless you

  41. Tejiri ewere

    August 20, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Goodjob….chinyere has always been a superstar….i remember in school she was always first in class….some people are just outstanding….u r truly an inspiration

  42. Frances Okoro

    September 13, 2015 at 12:11 am

    God bless you Chinyere for this! Amazing job!

  43. pamela mbata

    November 9, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    You’re so blessed already for giving out a large heart to this children your descendants will not suffer for this that you’ve sown.

  44. somto

    November 12, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Chinyere for president!!

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