Philanthropist, Felix King has hosted 15 widows to celebrate Valentine.
In the same vein, veteran Nollywood celebrity actress, Rachael Oniga called on the government to alleviate the plight of widows.
Oniga made this call when Ambassador Felix King and his daughter, Omozele-Alicia King, fed 15 poor widows during Valentine.
“We may not have enough money to start a big business but small scale trading can generate income that could start a big business”, she said.
She said the era of self-pity by widows is gone and that every widow should endeavour to pick herself up and move on with life because there are children to carter for without the husband.
She said if they are to succeed they have to turn blind eye to worldly things like buying asoebi, partying and the rest.
“Don’t compete with your little money with others to buy clothe for parties; if you grow your business you can afford anything tomorrow. Use Felix King money wisely and meaningfully”, she advised.
Oniga calls on government to help widows
While appreciating personal efforts in ameliorating the suffering of the widows, Oniga call on government to intervene in the plight of widows in the country.
“We are calling on governments at all levels to intervene in the plight of widows and make laws that will stop their maltreatment by the husbands’ immediate families. Several widows are suffering today because of denial, deprivation and wrongful accusation by the communities”, she said.
She thanked King for his tenacity in improving the living standard of widows and their children.
“We thank you and pray God to support you in your endeavours as you continuously think of the betterment of the helpless in our society”, she said.
According to Oniga, “I have never witnessed it before that a comfortable man will leave his family on a Valentine day to dine and wine with helpless and rejected widows. King is a rare breed among the affluence in Nigeria”.
Another widow, Mrs. Kehinde Adeniran, thanked Oniga for the admonition while cautioning other widows to utilise the business grant from King gainfully.
“We are grateful for your advice Ma; we will do as you have instructed. I urge all of us to use the money well so that he will get encouragement in doing more for others”, Adeniran said.
King, who recently received the Trinity University of Georgia Humanitarian award, hosted the widows and their children to a memorable and special valentine lunch session.
According to one of the widows, Mrs. Ekanem Umoh, the day will be remembered by her for a long time.
She said: “It was a day I will never forget.”