The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tosin Quota International Foundation (TQIF), Oluwatosin Olayiwola, has revealed why she established a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to cater for the needs of widows in the community.
Olayiwola made this known during the official unveiling of the foundation in Lagos, recently.
Even though the foundation has been existing since 2015, the official unveiling was not to be until recently when friends and members of the team gathered in Lagos to lend their support to the organisation.
While addressing guests that graced the event, the TQIF boss explained how the philanthropic zeal in her was fired up.
“There is a general saying that ‘no one has ever become poor by giving’. I have always had the passion for giving, even at a tender age, as far back as my days in the secondary school.
“During our Community Day celebrations, every time hundreds of rich and highly placed people in the society gathered to give their millions, I would still manage to squeeze out my little savings, just to add my little part to the betterment of my community.
“My acts of philanthropy are borne out of passion towards putting smiles on the faces of people around me in my own little way. That formed the passion for having a better platform to project this, and now the answer is Tosin Quota International Foundation.
“In our society, the percentage of widows is on the high side. Many at times, they are dejected with no one to help or make their lives worth living. I thought of them, despite being a single lady who hasn’t even experienced the challenges of marriage. Why our focus is on the widows is to help redefine a better life they lost at the point of taking up all the family responsibilities alone,” Olayiwola said.
She uses the opportunity to thank the immediate past Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose and other sponsors for the support the foundation received from them.
In her reaction, a social entrepreneur and Founder of Mcfeey, Ifeoma Afiari, praised the NGO, which she described as a “great initiative”.
“I think it’s a great initiative which makes an impact in the lives of Nigerian women, specifically the windows. It is one that brings hope, considering the culture in which we live, where being a widow is the beginning of a dreaded future. I think it’s a great one,” she said.
While extolling the philanthropic qualities of the founder who he called his friend, the Director of Communications and Public Relations of the foundation, Ayo Alonge stressed the need for all to embrace humanitarian services.
“She (Olayiwola) is someone I have known for many years now. When she told me about her idea of ameliorating the sufferings of widows, especially aged ones among them, I was skeptical about such dream because I could readily paint a picture of the huge funds and much energy needed to be committed to such project which I regarded as a wild goose chase.
“But at present, she is here doing it and I am proud of the height the foundation has scale, so far. I think she needs all the support and encouragement she can get from all quarters. By and large, she has challenged everyone to embrace selfless service to humanity.”
The founder of the foundation also briefed newsmen on the next line of action for the foundation.
The foundation will empower scores of widows who reside within the Ketu/Mile 12 axis of Lagos in December, she said.
Additional reports from The Nation Newspaper.