Nigeria: NGO to Empower 500 Widows


As part of activities to mark this year’s International Widows Day on June 23, the Rock of Ages Empowerment Foundation will on Sunday empower 500 widows in the FCT and six other states.

Founder of the organization, Evangelist Ignatius Newman Ezeigbo, disclosed this at the weekend while briefing News men about the event in Abuja.

He said the organization will be empowering the 500 widows with the sum of N5m and food items like rice, and semovita among others, along with free medical treatment.

Ezeigbo called on Nigerians to seize the opportunity of the International Widows Day to start helping widows around them no matter how little, saying they need assistance.

Some widows, who spoke at the event, like Sisister Faith Owoicho from Benue State and Rosemary Joseph from Cross River State, said they encountered hardship after the death of their husbands but with the help of the foundation, they now adequately feed their children, pay their school fees and started a trade of their own. They urged people to extend helping hands to widows.

The Rock of Ages Empowerment Foundation was founded in 2007 and caters for the needs and rights of widows and orphans.

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Kemi Wale-Olaitan

Kemi is a retired broadcaster from the service of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; while in service, she had her interest in women issues and had interviews with several notable women in the course of her duty as a producer in the service of the Federal government. Her interest in broadcasting was informed by her creative writing prowess; she has been very active in creative writing since her undergraduate days, and she has written a few fictional works in form of short stories and novel. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of Short stories. Kemi was also very active in the establishment of the Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA) and she served on its first Executive Council.

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