Expert tasks widows, women on national development
The Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF) has charged widows and women to be more engaging and productive to enable them add greater value to national development.
Executive Coordinator of the foundation, Foluke Ademokun, gave the charge in Lagos while addressing more than 100 women at this year’s Widows Day, with the theme: “Not Alone”. She maintained that widowhood was a global issue and it affects people all over the world regardless of their age and nationality.
Her words: “This is the Nigerian way of celebrating widows and womanhood. We love and care about them because it is not a disease since death is a necessary end that will come when it will come.”
The foundation, she said, would continue to empower women, especially widows, orphans, persons living with disabilities and other vulnerable persons.
Guest speaker, Kazaiah Awosika, encouraged women to take their position in nation building and add value to society. She also urged them to groom themselves to meet up with modern challenges in business, politics, management and local government activities.
Another speaker, Revered Emmanuel Enefazu-Ossai, charged the widows to move on after the death of their spouses and continue to imbibe good morals, family values and proper home training on their children to become responsible members of the society.
Funke Balogun, a widow with four kids and Patience Joseph, mother of two, who are beneficiaries of the group in the past four years, thanked the foundation for the support, training and welfare initiatives.