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Akinola Lifts Widows At Xmas, Akinreti Salutes Gesture

Chairman of Lagos NUJ, Dr Qasim Akinreti (3rd from right), Mr Richard Akinola (2nd right), Mr Roseline Aladelokun (right), Mrs Omolala Samuel (1st left) and Mrs Adeola Sani at the NUJ Secretariat during the presentation of gifts to the widows on Friday

In continuation of his annual tradition,   Mr Richard Akinola, a social activist and media manager on Friday doled out Xmas gifts to widows of journalists in Lagos state on Friday.

The activist is the President of Richard Akinola Foundation For Journalists Widows.

He told TheLead Online that arrangement had also being made to reach out to some of the widows residing outside the state.

At the Secretariat of Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), each of the present five widows were given a bag of 50kg rice, semolina and live chicken.

The beneficiary were Mrs Adeola Sani, wife of late Mr Ayeni Sani, the Bureau Chief of Observer Newspaper in Lagos who died on in 2015, Mrs Okonkwo, wife of late former Secretary of Lagos NUJ and staff of Voice of Nigeria.

Other were Mrs Roseline Aladelokun, whose husband worked with The Nation newspaper until his death in 2015, Mrs Omolola Samuel, her husband worked with Encomium Magazine up till 2015 and Mrs Toyin Amadi, whose late husband worked with Vanguard Newspapers up till 2012.

Mr Richard Akinola (middle), Dr Qasim Akinreti (left) and Mrs Omolola Samuel, one of the widows during presentation of life chicken as Xmas gift to her by the duo at  the NUJ Secretariat on Friday

The widows, who were emotional while speaking with our correspondent, said they were short of words to describe Akinola’s impacts on their lives.

They recalled his numerous roles since the death of their husbands.

Speaking, Mrs Samuel said: “I don’t know how to describe Mr Akinola’s kind attention in my life anymore. I have lost count of numbers of times he has credited my account with money. I remembered a time I approached him for my rent, he attended to me without hesitation.

“What can I say than to ask that God should continue to bless him beyond his expectations? May he never lack.”

For Mrs Aladelokun, the activist was a God sent. “His interventions in my life and my kids were inexplicable. Is it when he would just call to say hello and before you know it, he would send money to me or when asking about my welfare?

“His impacts in my life are more than what my siblings and in-laws have done for me and my kids since I lost my husband. He cares so much about our wellbeing. May God continue to be his guide” the widow prayed.

Chairman of Lagos NUJ, Dr Qasim Akinreti said Akinola was a shining light among the Union.

He said being a former Vice Chairman of the council; he was showing an example worthy of emulation.

“Mr Richard Akinola is a consistent person who can be trusted for his words. His generosity particularly towards the widows of our late colleague is unrivaled. We are proud of him”.

Akinreti prayed that God should continue to raise helpers for the widows and he pledged that their welfare would be captured in the future budget of the council.

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