Modupe Ozolua will always be the first person who brought the idea of cosmetic surgery to Nigeria and actually making that idea a possibility with the creation of her Body Enhancement Ltd company back in 2001. She can also be right called the first person who brought reconstructive surgery to Nigeria with the charity arm of her company called BEARS Foundation, started back in 2003. With the works of her non-profit organization, BEARS Foundation, Modupe Ozolua has been able to open her doors to attend to the poorest of the poor in need of medical attention and life-changing reconstructive surgery for free. In its first two years BEARS Foundation was able to have organized surgeries and corrected over 60 patients with various deformities ranging from cleft lip, cleft palate and syndactyly to correcting deformities of victims of contaminated kerosene explosions in Nigeria That’s quite amazing work! Even more amazing is the fact that Modupe Ozolua is not a Doctor and does not have a medical background but she hasn’t let this be a stumbling block in her vision to give individuals a new lease of life with either cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. Modupe Ozolua is simply that woman who wants to treat individuals [children, adults, and people who have serious injuries like acid burn and severe accidents] with deformities and birth defects. Through BEARS Foundation (Body Enhancement Annual Reconstructive Surgery), modern day medical technology, technique and skills are used to safely perform reconstructive surgical procedures to restore the lives of thousands of underprivileged people suffering from different types of physical congenital, developmental deformities; such as, Vesico Vagina Fistula (VVF), cleft lip, cleft palate, burns and lacerations, cataract extractions, hernias, removal of tumors, cysts and fibroid. All procedures performed are at no cost to neither the beneficiaries nor their families.
Considering lack of proper education, poor nutrition, inaccessibility to proper medical care are some critical factors that contribute to many deformities and are also the primary drivers of HIV/AIDS susceptibility; the organization also offers educational programs and free testing to promote awareness, counseling and immunization for infants and children. In addition, the NGO sends funds to hospitals all over the country to pay for medical bills of patients that can’t afford to pay for their medical care. According to the Founder of BEARS Foundation and CEO of Body Enhancement Ltd, Princess Modupe Ozolua, as BEARS Foundation is the charity arm of Body Enhancement Ltd, it was decided the name should clearly state that; hence the change of name. All activities of the NGO remain the same and beneficiaries will continue to receive free corrective surgical treatment.
In addition to the name change, Body Enhancement Foundation has a new Board of Trustees: Dr Paul Orhii (DG, NAFDAC), Honorable Kabiru Turaki, SAN (Honorable Minister of Special Duties), Edith Jubunoh (World Bank, USA),and Prince Oluwaseun Ozolua.
The new website address is: www.b-efoundation.org Modupe Ozolua further states the charity activities of Body Enhancement Foundation are not limited to Nigeria alone, the NGO has been actively doing medical missions in different countries in Africa, such as Ethiopia, Mali, Niger Republic and Zambia and Tanzania.
The video is an insight into the workings of the Body Enhancement Foundation as well as an eye-opener into the ways in which service can be rendered in the community. Modupe Ozolua is truly doing a commendable job and that is why even the beneficiaries are speaking up in gratitude.
Some of the organization’s sponsors are EXXON-MOBIL, Australian Government’s overseas aid program (AusAID), Virgin Atlantic Airlines, SHELL/SNEPCO, various State Governments, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). His Emeritus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the Patron of Body Enhancement Foundation.by