By Eberechi Kennedy

The Ngozi Olejeme Foundation has continued to make unrelented efforts in ensuring transformation in the lives of people. It is a non-governmental organization founded by Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Juliet Olejeme to care for people who are most disadvantaged through its empowerment scheme and The Widowhood Projects. The empowerment scheme includes support for projects designed to enhance the employ-ability of young people and empowerment through vocational and skill building projects. The Widowhood Projects seek to address the social cultural challenges of widows, empower them and underprivileged woman with skills and grants for trade.

As part of Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Juliet Olejeme Birthday initiative for 2014, voluntary charity works were carried out in Delta, Imo, Bayelsa states inclusive of the FCT on Thursday, December 18 (her birthday); this underscores her passion for social security. The event, including visits to orphanages, home for the elderly, hospitals and widows was to bring the message of Christmas to the door steps of Nigerians. It also aimed at encouraging and supporting widows, young females, women, children and elderly with basic needs.

In Delta State, the Ngozi Olejeme Foundation visited St. Barnabas Anglican Orphanage, Asaba; Pro Labore De (In Aid of Destitute), Asaba; Madam Davis Buwa Children House, Sapele; Blessed Care Orphanage Home, Warri; and St. Anthony's Orphanage Home, Abavo.

Perhaps, the most significant voluntary charity engagement of the foundation was in Abuja. Beyond using the initiative to reach out to Divine Blood of Jesus Orphanage Home, Kubwa; Kubwa Divine Orphanage Home, Ark of the Refuge Orphanage, Kubwa; and Mother Theresa Orphanage Home, Gwarimpa through food parcels, stationeries, medicines, and cash donations, the team had an all inclusive interaction with the children. The high point of the various interactions was the cutting of the birthday cake in honour of Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Juliet Olejeme.

Speaking during the visits, Coordinator of the Abuja Chapter of the Ngozi Olejeme Foundation; Barr. Chukwemeka Clement extolled the virtues of the founder as he describe her as a woman full of passion for social security. He further explained the motive behind the visits. “This is to show appreciation to God for what He has done in her life and equally replicate such by putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged and the elderly. She would like to use this opportunity to wish all and sundry Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance”.

Reacting, representatives from the different orphanage homes in Abuja expressed joy and hope as the visit was timely and morale boosting. One significant expression during the different exchanges was comparing Dr. Olejeme to Late Nelson Mandela whose birthday is also used to carry out 67 minutes of voluntary charity work internationally in recognition of what he stood for. “Indeed if we can have in Nigeria a man or a woman who is willing to do half of what Dr. Olejeme has done in terms social security, Nigeria will be a heaven”, one of the children had said.

Describe her life as a service to humanity and you won't be wrong. Ngozi Juliet Olejeme's personal character, humane nature and her ability to impact on people's lives particularly the widows and the less-privileged ones in the society through her official contacts and financial capability has endeared her favorably to the generality of Nigerians who describe her as a benevolent woman, filled with the milk of human kindness.

It would be apt to mention that Olejeme has received several recognitions in Nigeria and abroad for her impact in the society but the reward for her excelling contributions for a better society is not just in the plagues that dote around the wall, but it is in seeing the less privileged cared for, seeing equity in wealth distribution. Supporting women build back their economic and social life are some of the projects that fires up her passion.”