Mrs. Chika Sylvia Okani (L), and Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife
The former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife ( Okwadike Igbo nine), has enjoined Igbo women to become wealth creators like men. He made the call in Abuja (over the weekend) during the inauguration of the Association of Igbos Daughters in Nigeria and Diaspora. He said days are gone when only the men used to work for money and the women sit back in the house as house wives. He detests the name “Oriaka” used to refer to Igbo women. It literally means wealth eater. “I want to see every Igbo woman begin to hustle for money like their men folk. That way the whole family will be better for it”, he said.
Speaking at the occasion, the president of the association Mrs. Chika Sylvia Okani said the association is made up of Igbo women born by Igbo parents or married from another tribe. Those who are married to non-Igbos, according to her, are eligible to be part of the association. The association comprises of Igbo women in Nigeria and in diaspora.
According to the president, one of the objectives of the group is to unite Igbo leaders. Another one is to ensure that Igbo culture does not go into extinction.
Mrs. Okani said the association is out to help their less-privileged members, especially widows.
The president advised the Igbo men to allow their wives to join the association as it will expose them to many good things about modern life.
On the other hand, the vice president of the association Dr. Liz Ejiogu advised Igbo women to endeavor to be at the top of whatever profession they are into. She believes that hard work and perseverance will help anybody that aspires high.
The group empowered over 20 women with seed money and some tools like sewing machines at the event. The beneficiaries were selected from different locations in FCT and adjourning states.
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