Osodieme: Still touching the poor with a legacy of kindness

By Editor on 23/08/2020

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Udenka, receiving keys to her new home from Osodieme

For the duo of Eucharia Nwakibie and Victoria Udenka, Wednesday, August 19, 2020, would be the day the full definition of democracy dividend and true essence of governance as a concept, must have registered.

That was the day the notion practically took flesh and came knocking at their doors in full colours – standing, visible in their originality, to be seen and touched, rather than being distant and far imagined. With it also came the reality that the dividend of democracy does not belong to certain special set of human beings – a reality that would henceforth transform their lives positively in every sense.

On this day, each of them received the keys to their new abodes that practically transported them from their poor environments of squalid ambiances and decades of being in affinity and partnership with poverty into a different world of comfort and modernity hitherto only imagined, but never lived.

The sudden transformation bore the hallmark and imprimatur of good tidings that have evidenced the arrival of Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano to Anambra State some six years ago.

Unlike many first ladies past and present, some of whom seem to favour investing in gigantic edifices, some of which are never completed before their tenures, Obiano, leaves no one in doubt that her passion lies in projects with direct impacts on people, especially the poor, the extremely poor, and the indigent at the lowest rung of the societal ladder.

She has succeeded in making this clear statement through her Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFE), a pet project devoted to giving life back to a certain segment of the society pushed derisively into the bottomless pit of hopelessness and despair.



CAFE simply concentrates on little things that matter and at the level where they matter the most. Thus, apart from homes for the indigent, the NGO also constructs model toilets in various markets in the state to promote hygiene in the markets in particular and rural communities in general, funded skills acquisition training for women and youths, provided free prosthetic limbs for the physically challenged, funding of surgeries for cleft-lipped children.

She also funded the care treatment and discharge of mentally challenged inmates at the 77-bed home built for them at Nteje, and run by CAFE in collaboration with Ministry of Women Affairs in the state.

These are a part of her direct interventions from the long list. In March this year, she adopted a baby thrown down from a storey building by the undergraduate mother at Oko, Aguata North local government. A month earlier she had rescued Nollywood star, Ernest Asuzu whose condition from a strange and debilitating sickness, caused a major stir on social media, after he went begging in the streets to raise money to pay for medical bills.

One of the unique features of these interventions is that the Anambra First Lady, does not end with just a one-off, but thinks about tomorrow and wraps up each package with this in mind. Be it in the housing projects, the skills acquisition programmes and care for mentally challenged, she always ensures that they are attached with financial assistance and equipment enable the beneficiaries to continue to eke their livings thereafter.

In the instant interventions, the two beneficiaries are not only moving into their new houses, which are tastefully equipped with modern furniture, the usual financial assistance to set them up for the future.

Nwakibie, from Akwa Ozubulu in Ekwusigo local government area, is said to have lost her husband in 2012, and had been forced to live in her father's house afterwards due to accommodation difficulties, with seven of her children, two of whom had died during the challenging periods.



Udenka, who hails from Ameze Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government is said to be a septuagenarian who has equally lost her husband.

In all, Mrs. Obiano, is said to have built a total of 27 of such houses but has been handing them over in phases to the beneficiaries so as to ensure strict adherence to Covid-19 protocol. 

The newly-constructed bungalows, like others previously constructed, come with a borehole that would serve the beneficiary and her community and a standby power generator that would power the building as well as the water.

Handing over the houses equipped with sets of furniture, forty-inch LED television, standing fan, refrigerator, mattresses and other basic living gadgets, the First Lady, explained that she has always felt the need to provide succour and revive hopes of the less privileged.

While urging the beneficiaries to live comfortably and in peace without disturbance by anyone, she also noted that she has always had a strong sense of responsibility to build an atmosphere of difference with her NGO in the state, accounting for the training of over 5,000 youths and women on vocational skills, helping them start up in addition sponsoring other humanitarian programmes.

The First Lady, who also expressed satisfaction with the low recorded cases of coronavirus in Anambra State, reminded the people of the need to keep adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols as the disease remains effective and deadly. 

A set of furniture for the new homes

Expectedly, the beneficiaries, who were besides themselves with joy thanked Osodieme for restoring their hopes, adding that the gesture was beyond their imagination. 

Commending the gesture, Anambra State Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Lady Ndidi Mezue, said that the beauty of Osodieme's philanthropy could be captured in the fact that they were total strangers to her, having been randomly selected.

She thanked the First Lady for coming to the aid of the widow and many other beneficiaries of her innate acts of kindness.

Managing Director of Awka Capital Territory Development Authority (ACTDA), Venerable Amaechi Okwuosa, and his counterpart at the Anambra Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA), were also on hand to express their own sentiments on the rare gesture.

They described the largesse from the governor's wife as not only fulfilling the biblical injunction of coming to the aid of the desolate in the society, but a virtue that complements her husband's excellent administration.

Nwakibie, receiving her own keys from Osodieme

Earlier, Chairman of Ekwusigo Local Government Area, Barry Austin Enendu, said that the governor's wife's pattern of charity is unique because she has continued to revive the hopes of the downtrodden through works that have remarkable effects.

The houses are among the 27 built so far by Obiano and handed over to indigent widows since CAFE was officially registered as a charity organization in August 2014.


Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on August, 23 2020

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