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Olori Dame Ayo Yemisi Jaiyeola is a woman of many lives and parts.

She grew into the clergy family having been birthed by The Venerable Rufus Ayoade Akinwale & Late Mrs Esther Olabisi Akinwale both of Ibadan, Oyo State, six decades ago. An old student of YABA MODEL PRIMARY SCHOOL, METHODIST PRIMARY SCHOOL And the prestigious school, “LAGOS ANGLICAN GIRLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL S/L, LAGOS. '83 class.

She was trained as teacher at the then Methodist Teacher Training College, Shagamu in Ogun State. She later attended the Polytechnic Ibadan for a Diploma in Music and advanced to The University of Ife (now) Obafemi Awolowo University for Music. (majoring in Voice Physiology and Church Musicianship, Speech & Drama).

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The 1st World Agenda on Widowhood Development in Africa 2017 - Tuesday 4th of April


There are 258 Million Widows and 584 Million fatherless children in the world over.

Nigeria has an estimated 3,531,682 Million Widows according to the 2015 World Widows Report by the Loomba Foundation. In Nigeria, there are about 3.650,000 (three million, six hundred and fifty million). The numbers keep rising by the minute. More widows are dying for lack of support to continue, leaving their children orphaned, homeless, uneducated and without adequate security.

Worst affected by conflict and insurgency are widows in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Syria, northeast Nigeria, southeast Niger, west Chad and north Cameroon. In Sub-Saharan Africa the worst conditions are faced by evicted and abandoned widows with dependants and by those caught up in Ebola areas, exacerbated by traditional ‘cleansing’ rituals.

Widows with only female children and child widows aged between 10 and 17 face severe discrimination in many developing countries. Social norms around sexual behavior remain counterproductive with extreme poverty as a driver of ‘exchange sex’ and ‘survival sex’ relationships and poor quality healthcare.

Widows in developed countries are also affected by welfare cuts and increased insecurity.

Customary ‘cleansing’ rituals, where widows are required to drink the water with which their dead husband’s body has been washed and to have sex with a relative, spread disease and violate the dignity of widows in many Sub-Saharan countries. Widows are regularly accused of killing their husbands either deliberately or through neglect – including by transmitting HIV/AIDS – in India, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Systematic seizure of property and evictions by the late husband’s family remains widespread in Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Republic of Congo, DR Congo, India, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


The time is now to start implementing solution measures, put in place working activities to eradicate problems, empower widows and sensitize communities on the various actions we will be putting in place from now. 


  • Taking developmental actions: The Loomba Foundation & The First Lady of Lagos State Mrs Bolanle Ambode
  • The need for Macro- Capital Assistance: Bank of Industry
  • Saving & Enterprise habits for widows: By Lady Taiwo Adejumo.
  • Government action to recognizing, mentoring, and improving the status of widows by Nwadinobi Eleanor
  • “Widowed, and so what? By Olori Jaiyeola
  • Widowhood; the Social Death by Queeneth Worluh
  • Sustainable Developmental Goals by Minister for Women Affairs: Senator Al hassan.
  • Widows for peace through democracy by Margaret Owens
  • Sustainable existence of widows in the community: National Local Government Office
  • The need for Health Support for Widows and their family: Prof Dr. Rotimi Akinola
  • Christian Widows Movement: By Olori Ayo Yemisi Jaiyeola
  • The church and the case of James 1: 27: (Religion our God accepts as pure and faultless is this\: to look after orphans, and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world) SPEAKER: Bishop (Prof) Dapo Asaju                                                                               T.O

Joint immediate action on widowhood development: UN Representative & Mama Zimbi Akumaa-   Ghana & The President of Catholic Women Organizations

  • Turning widows into fascinating women by Carolyn Moore, CEO: Modern Widows Club. Florida,U S A

Compassion for widows: Global Fund for Women, Global Fund for Widows & Lady (Dr) Maggie Ibru, Family Policy Institute, South Africa, MTN Foundation, Airtel Nigeria, Globacom Plc, Dangote Group,Nigerian Bottling Company,etc.

  • Service of Spiritual Leaders: By His Grace, Rt Revd Dr Nicholas Okoh: The Primate of all Nigeria, Anglican Communion. & The Bishop Prof Dapo Asaju (V.C) Ajayi Crowther University, and Chairman Serendipity House Nigeria. The Venerable Goke Agara: Dean of Diocese of Lagos West (Anglican Diocese)
  • Harmful widowhood practices in Africa: & Ex Director: OJADW Consultant.


  • Dr Tayo Ola George: Covenant University, Pat Utomi CEO: CVL Nigeria, Lady Folorunsho Alakija:,
  • Mama Zimbi of Ghana, The Loomba Foundation, Carolyn Moore, Hon Commissioner: Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation. Lagos State. And All Speakers on seat


Wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents, Wives of State Governors, State Commissioners for Women Affairs. The Nigerian Millennium Development Goals office, Heads of Religious Bodies (Muslim & Christian),Christian Association of Nigeria, Secretaries: Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, The Baptist Conference, The Anglican Communion HOUSE OF Clergy, The Methodist Church, Nigeria, The Foursquare Church, The Catholic Women Organization, WOWICAN, Association of Islamic Affairs, Nigeria ,The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria, Church women leaders, Nigerian Medical Association, Wives of Bishops, Women in government/Ministry for Women Affairs, Women leaders organizations/ widows organizations, Medical Association, Representatives of Church Societies, Commercial Banking/ Microfinance, Industrial sector, Royal Fathers and Mothers, POLICE Officers Wives Association, Army Officers Wives Association, Naval Officers Wives Association, Air force Officers Wives Association, MTN Foundation, Local Government Chairmen, Federal and State Law Makers, Women Business Owners, Insurance Companies, Women Ministers, Non-government Organizations for women & Children., Corporate Social Responsibility Departments of Companies, Women in Business, All women organizations, Association of Women Journalists, NIGERIAN Broadcasting Corporation, COWLSO, News Agency of Nigeria, Social Clubs, Other Individuals in Widow Care Mission

The Coordinators:

Serendipity House Nigeria birthed God’s Wives International the care mission for - Widows in Nigeria- in collaboration with the Lagos and state ministry of Women Affairs in Nigeria created a platform where widowhood can be discussed and proffer developmental strategies for care.

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