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ARISE WOMEN FOUNDER, SIJU ILUYOMADE CELEBRATES AT 59

 

 

Her name, Siju Iluyomade is synonymous with Philanthropy. This is because of her remarkable efforts at lifting needy individuals, while also supporting communities, in one way or the other.

 

Her efforts at empowering the less privileged and support of government efforts at making the lives of the citizenry better have been acclaimed to be most outstanding among the lots who follow the same passion as hers.

 Regardless of religion, tribe, or ethnicity, corporate lawyer and philanthropist, Dr Siju Iluyomade has continued to give her all to better the lives of many, using her Arise Women Foundation as a vehicle to intervene in so many areas of human needs.

 This trait of hers, many agree, resonated in the birth of the non-government organisation (NGO). Not only that,l.Siju, as she’s fondly called, is known to have nurtured charitable hopes and determination to help women efficiently thrive in life.

 

Siju, who clocked 59th on Sunday, January 8, said her dream is to make sure Arise affects every part of human life globally in terms of health, housing, education, empowerment, farming and many more. The gorgeous woman added that in the last 15 years, her foundation has achieved so much by putting structures like hospitals, school buildings, computerized libraries, and boreholes in many communities in Abuja, Ondo, Imo, Kebbi and Lagos states to mention a few.

Through her humanitarian work, she has also branded a food basket called ‘Arise Pink Bucket’ —with contents that include food items like rice, semolina, tomato paste, and groundnut oil— distributed to every local government across Nigeria.

 

During the last Arise Women Conference held on Saturday, October 29th at the Trinity Towers, City of David RCCG, Lagos, no fewer than 10,000 were given the Arise food basket that contains varieties of foodstuff. The hospital built in Kabusa, a suburb area in Abuja for the less privileged, has continued to give free services for people in the area, with several success stories in operations.

 

Siju shares the same birthday date with the wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and Minister for Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, two women who have been part of activities of Arise Women at several occasions. She has used the opportunity of her birthday to celebrate her womenfolk.  In her words “ I celebrate with Mrs. Sanwo-Olu and Mrs. Tallen who have been part of the success story of Arise on the birthday, their shining lights will not dim”

 

Meanwhile, a thanksgiving will be held in her honour at the Trinity Towers RCCG, Lagos where thousands of individuals will also be empowered under the auspices of the Arise Women brand.

 

A lawyer, public speaker, activist, and pastor, Dr. Siju Iluyomade is unlike most people in the courtroom, podium, or pulpit. Easily striding back and forth across the bridge established by both sides of the religious and non-religious outlooks, Iluyomade has managed to be relevant to both: spiritual enough to be the light to the world, and contemporary enough to inspire everyday people.

 

Since she hit the ground running with her Arise Women Conference, the 59year-old has raised the bar all over the country on the identity of women as capable members of humanity, their upliftment and empowerment, and the truth about their being “…the hand that rocks the cradle (that) rules the world.”

 

Many love her stylish side also. Dr. Siju Iluyomade is the super-stylish wife of Pastor Idowu Iluyomade (also known as Pastor ID), the senior pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God City of David Parish, Victoria Island, Lagos.

In truth, Iluyomade’s fashion sense and sheer magnetic presence are enough to convince one that she is different, a natural-born leader and pillar of change and transformation.

And this is what she has done with her faith-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) for women empowerment and Handmaidens, Women in Leadership Series (HWILS), Arise Women.

 

With Iluyomade, you get philanthropy, grassroots development, all-around nation-building, and unintentional tips for how to dress, address, and impress.

 

TAYO OYEDIJI

(08111811219)

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