The hope of childless couples in Nigeria is getting a new vista of hope, and the couples in this concern must by now be getting a new lease of life, just as they are wallowing that their hope of having babies is deemed.
The Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation, IIF, is their new ray of hope. On Friday, November 16, 2018, at the upscale MUSON Centre, Lagos, the delectable wife of popular pastor, Ituah Ighodalo, made real the intention of her mission to give a lifeline to couples who are childless, in an event tagged ‘Maa Gbe Temi Jo’ (Yoruba for I will dance with my own baby), but can still get children through her foundation, IIF. At the event, witnessed by a couterie of moral supporters like Africa’s richest black woman, Folorunsho Alakija, renowned legal practitioner-cum-politician, Dr. Muiz Banire, SAN, former First Lady of Lagos State, Dame Abimbola Fashola, London-based popular Pentecostal KICC pastor, Matthew Ashimolowo and an array of medical doctors from the gynecology sector, the hopes of many childless couples in attendance were raised beyond limits. What made the event most significant and unprecedented was the moment when Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo took the centre stage to announce that the originally-scheduled number of couples to benefit from the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation, 10, are now being given a fillip through the spiritual unction of God from him, to increase it to 22, a declaration that was greeted with a thunderous ovation from the crowd. The 22 gifted couples were later paraded on the stage to get their benefits as first installment of their endowment from the IIF. The woman of the moment, Ibidunni Ighodalo, who also has a similar challenge of childlessness, was so emotionally arrested during the event that she personally took it in her consciousness to continually help women in her ilk, God helping her. She made it so factual that even in the Holy Bible, that when one prays for those who are in need, his or her needs will also be met directly or indirectly, and this was what Ibidunni anchors her belief on. Her husband, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, who was also on ground to share in the glorious moment of his wife, depicted the kind of love and camaraderie that women should get from their husbands when they are faced with challenges that can break them down, albeit childlessness. There is now no more moment of agony for women, and childless couples to feel daunted when issues like this confront them. The good news for childless couples is that the ever-caring and motivational Ibidunni Ighodalo is silently planning a centre in form of a medical institution that will be catering for barren women and childless couples, and this is why IIF is getting more unique. The IIF has, over time, established a good reputation on partnership with highly reputable fertility clinics in Nigeria, and with other donors, to provide couples with the financial and material support they require during the treatments, just as the foundation also provides the necessary psychological and spiritual support required to deal with the pressures of childlessness, along the journey to conception.