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Group empowers widows in Anambra

Group empowers widows in Anambra

The Ruth Sisters’ Fellowship International Nigeria, a non-denominational organisation, has empowered widows in Umuoji, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State to commemorate 2024 International Widows Day. The group said that it was a display of its spirit of community support,

The Ada Menakaya-led group provided each beneficiary with a cash gift of N20,000, rice and clothing.

The group also used the event to pay 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 honoured for her melodious songs and vibrant dancers, which entertained the audience with captivating live performance.

Chineze Egbuchiem, a widow from Onitsha and a previous recipient of the fellowship’s cash assistance in March, 2024, said that the money she received enabled her to start a viable business, which has been a lifeline for her family.

Abire Caroline Enarere, mational coordinator of the Nigerian chapter, emphasized the organisation’s goal of equipping widows to become self-sufficient and contribute positively to society.

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

Theresa Ofojie, the honoured 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 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 said.

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.