International Widows Day: 50 widows, widowers empowered by organization in Anambra

International Widows Day: 50 widows, widowers empowered by organization in Anambra

International Widows Day: 50 widows, widowers empowered by organization in Anambra 

By Cyprian Ebele, Onitsha 

In what appeared to be a display of love and care, no fewer than 50 widows and widowers were reportedly empowered at Umuoji community, Idemili North Local Government Area, Anambra State, by the Ruth Sisters' Fellowship International Nigeria, a non-denominational organization, as the world marked International Widows Day weekend.

The organization, headed by Rector, Prof. Ada Menakaya, the fellowship's mission of love and care for widows took center stage as they provided each beneficiary with a cash gift of N20,000, bags of rice, and clothing, among others.

The extension of the kind gesture gesture to widowers according to her was aimed at ensuring an inclusive celebration.

The event also paid glowing tribute to the legacy of Queen Theresa Ofojie, affectionately known as "Egwu Obi Umuoji," for her remarkable contributions and mentorship to women in the community and beyond. 

Ofojie, a 62-year-old widow, was honored for her melodious songs and her vibrant dancing group, which entertained the audience with a captivating live performance.

Chineze Egbuchiem, a widow from Onitsha and a previous recipient of the fellowship's cash assistance in March 2024, shared her experience thus, "The money I received has enabled me to start a viable business, which has been a lifeline for me," even as she expressed gratitude for the fellowship's empowerment initiative.

Abire Caroline Enarere, the National Coordinator of the Nigeria chapter, emphasized the organization's goal of equipping widows to become self-sufficient and contribute positively to society. 

"Our widows entrepreneur startup initiative aims to empower widows to be independent and make a difference in their communities," she explained.

Queen Theresa Ofojie, the honored guest, expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the recognition. 

"I am deeply touched by this celebration. My family and I will cherish this day for the rest of our lives. 

"May God continue to bless and empower the Ruth Sisters' Fellowship to carry on this noble work," she said.

Mary Chude of the Irene Menakaya School Chapter in Onitsha played a vital role in spearheading the recognition of Queen Ofojie. 

"It was not an easy task, but with God's guidance, we were able to identify and celebrate the remarkable life and contributions of this local legend," she shared.

The event stood as a testament to the Ruth Sisters' Fellowship's unwavering commitment to empowering widows and honoring the unsung heroes within Anambra's communities.

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