Her name is now synonymous to philanthropy. Not just an accolade she garnered for her exploits in supporting few individuals but assisting communities, supporting thousands, local, state and federal government at large.
For Dr Siju Iluyomade, her compassion knows no bounds, as far as it puts smiles on the less privileged faces.
This trait of hers resonated to the birth of a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), Arise Women Foundation. Not only that, Siju, as she’s fondly called, is known to have nurtured charitable hopes and determination to help women efficiently thrive in life. She institutionalised the Handmaidens Women in Leadership Series (HWILS) to build intentional leaders.
In the last couple of months, weeks culminating to her 57th birthday on January 8, 2020, the delectable lawyer of 36 years’ experience has assisted and supported not fewer than 40,000 households and individuals.
Needless to dwell much on what she has used one of her charitable brands, Arise Women Conference, to do in terms empowerment, human capacity building and national development at large in the last 13 years of inception. Hospitals, school buildings, computerised library, boreholes are some of the many infrastructures she has given to communities like Dafara, Kabusa in Abuja, Ondo, Imo, Kebbi and Lagos States.
It is of note that, despite Siju being the ever-supportive wife to Pastor Idowu Iluyomade of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), City of David and Arise Women being a faith-based NGO, she has not discriminated in giving succour to the less privileged in the country regardless of their ethnic, tribal or religious affinity.
Dr Siju is on the cutting edge of women’s and less privileged overall well-being and empowerment. She is passionate, purpose-driven, a catalyst for change, a vessel of transformation. She speaks up for the rights of women and believes that gone are the days of voiceless women.
Dr Siju pioneered the Handmaidens Fellowship in 1995 which has now become a popular, purpose-driven and multi-generational fellowship that meets every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:00pm to teach and mentor women from all walks of life. Testimonies abound of how the initiative has helped many to find their purpose in life.
The outreach has donated eight incubators to the Lagos Island Maternity as well as oxygen gauges, blood pressure machines, diapers, baby clothes, toys etc.
In addition, the organisation, in conjunction with the City of David, Charity Ball, donated a dialysis machine to the Gbagada General Hospital.
Dr Siju’s intervention to the plight of Coronavirus patients and less privilege in this very challenging time came very handy at a time the government is seeking for support from corporate bodies and individuals.
Arise Women did not only donate ventilators, it distributed several medical equipment including protective suits, KN95 masks, infrared thermometers as well as foodstuffs to isolation centres in Lagos State.
In the last few weeks, Siju’s Arise Pink Bucket, which consisted of food items like rice, groundnut oil, tomato paste, among others, has taken over many parts of the state. The food item serves as palliatives in this very difficult time for the less privileged in the society.
With over seven local government areas of Lagos State already benefitting from the largesse, Siju has promised to further continue the distribution of the items in other local councils of the state in commemoration of her 57th birthday.
Who Leaves Nigerian Idol Among Top Five Contestants?
By Dipo Olowookere
The contest on the popular television music talent hunt show, Nigerian Idol, is heating up as the day for unveiling the winner, July 11, 2021, draws closer.
Last week, Kingdom Kroseide, Faith Onyeje, Comfort Alalade, Akunna Okey and Francis Atela made it to the top five as Emmanuel Elijah was evicted from the show.
The five surviving music acts wowed the viewers and the judges with their performances and the quartet of Obi Asika, Seyi Shay, DJ Sose and Mr P, who were judges last week, encouraged the contestants to put in their best as the contest continues.
Kingdom, who performed the jazz genre song Feeling Good by Nina Simone and Pop lyrics Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars, got a standing ovation from the judges.
He took control of the stage with much excitement from the judges and the audience and commendation from Seyi Shay who said “your vocal performance was amazing, you are the strongest vocalist in this competition,” while Mr P enthused that “this is your kingdom, you will shine and go places.”
It was quite exciting with the contenders displaying exceptional skills in their stage performances to make it to the next episode on June 20 (today).
Faith sang Someone you Loved and Would rather go Blind, with comments from Seyi Shay eulogising him saying “you look incredible, I love your vocals,” and Obi Asika with the words “you deserve to be part of the top five, you sang the song beautifully.”
Mr P was not left out as he advised that Faith should not stop playing the guitar as it adds colour to his rendition.
Comfort, who also sang beautifully, thrilled the judges and the audience with the songs Think out Loud and Save the Last Dance for Me, as Akunna performed Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone and Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus.
Francis also excited the judges with Too Good at Goodbyes and Hello by Lionel Richie, with DJ Sose impressed by his performance, saying, “You brought Las Vegas to Lasgidi.” An elated Seyi Shay said “well done.”
With five left in the competition, viewers are already getting tensed as to who will again be voted out when the show airs on Sunday evening on DStv and GOtv.
The winner of Nigerian Idol will go home with a recording contract with a leading record label and N50 million worth of prizes.
The show is sponsored by Rite Foods’ Bigi soft drink with variants such as the Bigi Cola, Bigi Orange, Bigi Apple, Bigi Bitter Lemon, Bigi Soda Water, Bigi Lemon & Lime, Bigi Tropical, Bigi Chapman, Bigi Tamarind, Bigi Cherry Cola, Bigi Ginger Lemon, and the Bigi Ginger Ale.
Other Rite Foods’ products comprise the Rite Spicy, Bigi Beef, and Rite Sausages which have been the mark of excellence for the industry, while its Bigi Premium Table Water, produced with global best practices in purification, offers quality, freshness, confidence, and reliability.
Rite Foods Tasks Nigerian Idol Contestants to Have ‘Rite’ Energy, Mindset
By Dipo Olowookere
Contestants of the ongoing Nigerian Idol have been tasked to have the Rite energy and mindset as they perform to get the support of the viewers to clinch the coveted prize.
This charge was given by Ms Boluwatife Adedugbe, the Brand Manager of Rite Foods Limited, makers of the popular Bigi Drinks, headline sponsor of the music talent hunt competition.
She gave the advice when the company received some Nigerian Idol contestants on Friday, June 4, 2021, and she intimated the future music stars on the organisation’s corporate culture, taking them through the corporate journey and footprints in the Nigerian economy, and most importantly, the entertainment sector.
“All of you are winners for making it to this point. I would like you all to imbibe the ‘Rite’ energy in your next performances,” Ms Adedugbe said.
Business Post gathered seven contestants of the Nigerian Idol season 6 visited the corporate headquarters of Rite Foods at Opebi Ikeja, Lagos and they were Akunna Okey, Beyonce Ajomiwe, Comfort Alalade, Emmanuel Elijah, Faith Onyeje, Francis Atela, and Kingdom Kroseide.
One of them, Beyonce Ajomiwe, who is now out of the competition, revealed during the visit that her favourite Bigi variant is ginger lemon because it is good for her voice.
According to her, Bigi ginger lemon has helped her maintain her voice and tone in the contest, while Faith Onyeje revealed his love for Bigi Apple as it helps his metabolism after a good workout.
As for Akunna Okey, she reaffirmed her support for both ginger lemon and tamarind flavours, while the now-evicted Emmanuel Elijah said he loves his Bigi Apple.
Comfort Alalade declared her love for Bigi Cola; Kingdom Kroseide pitched his tenth with Bigi water and sausages, while Francis Atela declared his love for Bigi Tamarind flavour.
The visit was characterized by fun and thrilling moments as the headline sponsor of the competition. Games and singing competitions spiced up the occasion as the contestants were split into two groups, where they contested BIGI TVC song ‘BigiMy Number One’ which was creatively performed by both groups.
The sum of N1.4 million was splashed on the contestants for their creative and entertaining performances during the visit. They also carted away other Rite Foods branded items and gifts during the visit.
At the visit, the popular entertainment editor, Mr Rotimi Ige, who won the first-ever Bigi Media Idol, congratulated the contestants for making it thus far and urged them to keep working on their art and be assured that they are on the right platform, especially with Bigi, being the headline sponsor of the competition.
The contestants lauded the company for supporting young talents in the country and called on other stakeholders to emulate Rite Foods Limited in the quest for turning young acts into megastars.
The Nigerian Idol airs live every Sunday on DSTV Channel 198 and GOTV Channel 29 at 7 pm.
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