By Jude Atupulazi
A US based Nigerian financial expert and founder of a non-governmental organization, WealthyGen, Inc, Dr. Charity Ezenwa Onuaku, has urged governments in Nigeria to enact laws that will see to the protection of women and widows in the country.
Ezenwa made the call in an interview with Fides recently. She decried challenges widows and women in Nigeria faced, such as deprivation, marginalization, degradation and denial of rights, expressing worry at the absence of known law or laws protecting the widows in the country.
Ezenwa, who is a US-based social entrepreneur and an adjunct Professor of Finance/Financial Literacy Educator, regretted that governments in Nigeria and other rich Nigerians had abandoned women, especially those whose husbands were late, to suffer untold hardship without help of any sort.
She emphasized that having observed the experiences of women in the country, she set up foundation to help widows, women and the downtrodden scattered across various communities in Nigeria to have a new beginning.
Ezenwa disclosed that she set up WealthyGen in 2018 and
As a non-profit organization for programmes aimed at creating awareness to women and by doing so; the women were becoming aware of their rights and were empowered to build sustainable wealth to earn financial well-being for themselves and their families, especially when their husband died.
She further said that through mastering of saving money, investing smartly, building excellent credit and tapping into their human capital, most women across the country had grown out of their shell and had become independent and provided for their homes.
She noted that the organization had prioritized empowerment of African women and widows for sustainable development.
Her words, ‘Our focus is to help women who have nothing that they do to earn a living. We help them to start up something they can use to earn a living and train their children. We don’t only start-up businesses for them, but also train them on how to run and sustain the businesses for their families.’
She recalled that the foundation, in the past three years, had impacted vigorously on the lives of women and widows in the country, both southern and northern regions.
‘We have done a lot in the East and have also done partly in the Northern part of Nigeria.
‘We have reached out to almost all the six geopolitical zones in
Nigeria. This is done through genuine contacts and whenever they are discovered, we swing into action and render our services to them. We are poised to uplift the downtrodden, as well as wipe the tears of widows in our society, no matter the cost.
‘One of our beneficiaries is a woman who lives in Amaokpara, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. This woman has no tangible thing she does and none of her children was going to school. When our foundation saw the situation of this woman, we trained her, got her a shop and gave her all the things she needed to start business. So, she currently owns a shop which she manages, courtesy of our training.
‘This is a woman who goes about doing menial jobs and couldn’t feed her children, pay her house rent and even send the children to school. We have set business up for her, and today, she is living a very comfortable life with her children. She has also sent her children back to school. That is one of the things we do,’ Ezenwa explained.
The Anambra state born philanthropist said the foundation was funded by donations, noting that their activities were born out of love
and passion for the poor and downtrodden. This was even as she disclosed that her organization had empowered no fewer than 50 widows and women across the country, while giving them financial education and training.