Being a speech made by Dr. Siju Iluyomade at the 14th Arise Women’s Conference on Saturday, October 29, 2022. It is my utmost pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the ARISE WOMENS CONFERENCE 2022. Our theme for this year’s conference is “BY APPOINTMENT”…. #APPOINTED TO LIVE. The Ethos of this theme is encapsulated in JEREMIAH 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart, I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. The word APPOINTMENT is used for a large variety of ideas including an act of assigning a job or position to someone to function fully and accomplish a task. It connotes making choices, engaging, consulting, allotting, fulfilling purpose, nomination, selection, appropriation, determination and many others. Our theme elicits the need for women to harness greater cooperation amongst themselves and others. A need to lead even in the face of existential threats. By Appointment is a call to meet needs or challenges with better preparedness. There is an urgent need for women to engage in civil society, vote in election, be elected to Government office, serve on boards, make their voices heard in any process that ultimately affects them, their families and their communities. At this conference, we are called upon to Champion OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN and their economic empowerment and well-being. We as women, need to shy away from situational ethic and values. Instead, we must embrace permanent, consistent values which we can pass onto our children. Women are the bridge between generations. It is time as women to embrace mainstream politics and policy making for ourselves and succeeding generations. 3 WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO BE ABSENT …. WE MUST BE PRESENT. THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL No. 5 says Achieve Gender equality and empower all
...Thousands of Arise Food Basket To Be Distributed To Less Privileged It is yet another season of the much talked about annual gathering of women of substance in the society, to converge, discuss, motivate and empower the women folk in the country, particularly the most vulnerable. It’s the 14th edition of Dr Siju Iluyomade’s Arise Women Conference, a yearly event that has overtime become a turning point for many participants. The epoch-making event slated for Saturday 29th October 2022 at the new prestigious Trinity Towers of City of David, Redeemed Christian Church of Good, RCCG, Oniru, Victoria Island is poised to attract thousands of participants both physical and online. According to the organizers, this year’s Conference will also be televised live on Channels TV and it is themed ‘By Appointment’ under the hashtag, #appointedtolive. Some of the great Speakers of the day have been put under wrap in a bid to surprise participants but everyone has been assured of the most memorable Arise Women Conference ever. Some notable names lined up to witness the day includes, First Lady of Kebbi State, Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, Dr Mairo Almakura, former First Lady of Nasarawa State, Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel, first Lady of Akwa-Ibom, Mrs Oluremi Hamzat, Wife of Deputy Governor of Lagos, Prof Folashade Ogunsola, Vice-Chancellor elect Unilag Meanwhile, we have also gathered that some popular gospel artiste will be performing to spice up the entertainment aspect of the day. Among the musicians are Mike Abdul, Nathaniel Bassey, Beejay Sax, Gospel Force, Efe Nathan, Ayan Jesu, Bidemi Olaoba just to mention a few. The Convener, Dr Siju has also disclosed that, at the event, no fewer than 5000 less privileged families will be given a free Arise Pink bucket full of different food stuff like rice, beans, tomato paste, Semo, groundnut oil and many other items.
It was excitement atmosphere throughout the moments of Dr Siju Iluyomade’s ‘Arise Walk For Life’ on Saturday, 15th October, 2022, in the city of Lagos as prominent Nigerians turned out in large numbers to join the health awareness initiative muted by the Convener of Arise Women, which celebrates its 14th edition this year. The Walk which was took place simultaneously in different city in clusters, including Lagos, UK, America, Canada Amsterdam, Italy and so many other areas in the diaspora was full of funfair despite the main objective of the organizers, which is to promote preventive approach to our health instead of curative through regular walking as a form of exercise. The Arise Walk For Life which was preceded by a Charity football match between Super Eagles Legends and a selected side at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, was memorable as the Legends defeated the selected side by 3 goals to 1. Some of the Stars that featured includes Kanu Nwankwo, Samson Siasia, Peter Rufai, Waidi Akanni, Austin Eguaveon, Friday Ekpo, Ann Chiejine among others. Majority of the Soccer stars the following day after the football match joined Dr Siju and other prominent personalities in the Arise walk for Life amidst pomp and pageantry. The Walk cluster which began at Saint Saviour School, Bourdillon, Ikoyi and later terminated at Muri-Okunola Park in Victoria Island where everyone converged to some music, dance and myriad of entertainment. Highlighting the entertainment where several side attractions, DJ Xclusive, Kaffy Dance among others, Pouring encomium on the Convener, former Super Eagles Goalkeeper, Peter Rufai, says, “notable Nigerians should support and encourage Dr Siju, she is doing a fantastic work using the platform Arise women to empower the less privileged in the society. She is a woman I adore very well and that is why we are here to support
...ex-Eagles stars Amokachi, Kanu, others to feature in football Match The convener of Arise Walk for Life, Dr. Siju Iloyomade, has said that the primary goal of organizing the annual event was for the health benefits of all participants. She stated this during a briefing in Lagos, that this year’s Arise Charity Walk would be happening in clusters just like last year across different countries of the world, including Nigeria (Lagos), Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Singapore, etcetera. This event, taking place October 15, with the theme #AppointedToLive, will begin simultaneously by 7am local time in all participating countries. Participants are to register their clusters on the Arise Walk website. Dr Siju has, she's fondly called, emphasised the critical need to keep fit and encourage preventive illness instead of a curative approach especially as some countries continue to battle the COVID-19 . She noted that walking helps improve immunity and physical health, adding that participants in this year’s walk stand a chance of winning up to $2,000 for the best cluster. According to her: “Nigeria is blessed, more than many countries of the world but most countries live longer than us. We must also encourage walking, it elongates lifespan and gives good health, that is what Arise want to encourage with this initiative, hence we need to continuously exercise to keep body and spirit in tune. At ARISE, we take health very seriously because you need to be in sound health to do anything tangible. The Arise Walk for Life is a place for everyone irrespective of status, tribe, religion or nationality, it is a place for all.” Iloyomade also stated that Arise is an ideology and in a short span of time, making giant strides in areas of health, women and community empowerment with focus on 12 pillars out of United Nations 17 Sustainable Development
...11 Winners Presented With Trophy, Gifts. Activities for this year’s Arise Women 2022 has kicked off on a brighter note with an exciting first Arise Golf Tournament at the prestigious Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos. The event which took place on Friday 7th October 2022 witnessed some prominent Nigerians who are fans of the game including former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro whose son is playing internationally. The tournament which was a brainchild of the Convener of Arise and a fan of Golf herself, Dr Siju Iluyomade was put together to sensitize the public on activities of Arise Women and promote the sport, golf erroneously believed to be game for only wealthy personalities. The event kicked off early morning on the day before a total number of 11 winners were presented trophies and gift during the reception later at the golf section of the club Prominent among those who participated in the tournament were Mr Femi Pedro, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Funke Majekodunmi, Samuel Kuye, Lola Ajibola, Onaolapo Wale, Adeola Banjoke and a host of others. With over 30 participants both in the men and women category, a total of 11 winners were selected after the end of the game. In her Keynote address at the reception organized for the winners, Dr Siju expressed appreciation to Dr Anthony Oboh and Alhaji Wahab Sarumi the Captain and Vice Captain of Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 and all members for alloying them to sponsor the event. Winners of the tournament include, Alex Nimyel, Carol Majoroh, Tim Ayonmike, Segun Adekoya and others. Dr Siju used the opportunity to enumerate so many humanitarian programmes Arise Women has implemented in the last 14years, as an intervention to improve the life of the less-privileged in the society. Several gift items were also given out to people on the day through lucky dip.
The ongoing distribution of food palliative for the under privileged in the society by Dr Siju Iluyomade tagged 'Arise Pink Bucket' which commences in Lagos last year has moved to Abule-Egba, a community in Lagos State. The team of Arise Women returned to Lagos for the distribution of the food basket after taking the palliatives to Ibadan, Oyo-State couple of weeks ago. Residents of Abule-Egba and environs trooped out on Sunday 3rd of April 2022 with excitement around Kofoworola Street in the Community to get their pack of food palliatives even as many were seen pouring encomium on the Convener of Arise Women, Dr Siju for always coming to their aid. It will be recalled that, the Arise team had sometime last year built a massive borehole for the people of the community to ease water shortage in the area. The package which consist of couple of items like Spaghetti, Rice, Tomato paste, groundnut Oil among other things all put together in a pink bucket, is now a regular activity of Dr Siju to reach out to lots of under privileged in the Society in a bid to cushion the effect of strangled economy on many people. Though distribution of the food basket started on 1st of December during Dr Iluyomade's championed Handmaidens weekly event at the COD Redeemed Christian Church of God, Victoria Island, where people trooped in to pick up the 'Arise Pink Bucket' palliatives, it has since moved to some Local Goverent in Lagos State including Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos-Island as well as Ibadan the Oyo state capital where it was distributed to lots of people. Lots of women were seen on the streets of Abule-Egba in happy mood as they are holding on to their package, while also praising the Convener, Dr Siju for deeming it worthy to come to their environment. Over
...Honoured With Exemplary Award The atmosphere was heated up inside the Trinity House of Pastor Ituah Ighodalo during a seminar to celebrate his 61st Birthday, as prominent Nigerians shared their opinion on the Theme of the Colloquium, The African Christian Leadership: Radical Transformation In Unsettled Times. Held on Thursday, March 31st, 2022 under the Chairmanship of former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the Keynote Speaker of the day, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos spoke extensively on who exactly we can call a leader, while appealing to Nigerian leaders in government to give youths opportunities or they may be forced to take it by the jugular. Meanwhile, some of the highlights of the day were recorded during the discussion segment where one of the discussants, Dr Siju Iluyomade made so many points about Christian Leadership which sent the audience into laudable applause. Dr Siju, who is the Convener Arise Women, a non-profit making organisation that has assisted Indigents across the country with several Humanitarian projects, was visibly passionate about why Nigerian leaders must be ready to build new leaders by their traits and actions. According to her " Leadership isn't about religion, we all have responsibility of leading by examples and traits, I am not convinced that even if any Christian leader get to the position of authority he or she will be able to represent us well because of the prevalent situation we found ourselves" The delectable Lawyer of over three decades was also supported by other discussants like Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House on the Rock, Rev. Samuel Aboyeji of the Foursquare Gospel Church and Pastor Joseph Obayemi of RCCG. All the discussants jointly agreed in their various contributions that there is need for religious leaders to participate actively in leadership of its country but he or she must
It was outpouring of encomium for the Convener of Arise Women, Dr Siju Iluyomade on Tuesday March 29th 2022 at the Free Arise Covid-19 Vaccination programme for the general public. The exercise which was the third in succession was put together to support the effort of government both at the State and federal level to curb the spread of Coronavirus. Held at COD Road, Plot 7/8 Chief Yusuf Abiodun road, Oniru, Victoria Island, the free Covid-19 vaccination attracted both young and old who all thronged the venue to either receive Booster vaccines, first or second dose of different types of Covid-19 vaccines available like Moderna, Pfizer, J&J, Astra Zeneca. Some individuals who took the opportunity provided by Dr Siju praised her for always intervening positively in any public health activity that benefits the downtrodden and general public. According to one of the beneficiaries who was excited to have finally receive her dose, Oluwayemisi Ekundayo. " I really appreciate Dr Siju for this opportunity, I have not been available for previous one but I thank God I was able to make it this time around" Also an American who married a Nigerian Mr Trevor Keeney also took the injection. He has nothing but appreciation to the Convener of Arise women. He said ' Dr Siju is a wonderful Nigerian that should be emulated by privileged people or organisations in the country to do more for people in my second home, which is Nigeria" Participants on the day were also given free food as part of method to make the exercise hitch-free.
The stage is set for yet another Dr Siju Iluyomade Arise Women's free Covid-19 Vaccination for people who are yet to get vaccinated, even though the pandemic as taken a low turn but the World Health Organisation (WHO) has indeed said the virus is here to stay for now, hence people must get vaccinated. The opportunity is the fourth in series provided by the delectable philanthropist, Dr Siju and it is part of her support to the government in eliminating the spread of the deadly virus. The event which will be held at the Arise Vaccination Clinic at, COD road, Plot 7/8 Chief Yusuf Abiodun road, Oniru, Victoria Island on Tuesday 29th March, 2022, will administer both the first and second dose as well as Booster vaccine to individuals depending on the one applicable. According to information made available to us, all the different types of vaccines Moderna, Pfizer, J&J, Astra Zeneca which are all recommended vaccines will all be available to administer to people who come around on the day. The organizers as usual have also made provisions for participants at the event to also get free meal on the day, in a bid to make people feel at home for few minutes after been attended.
The stage is set for tomorrow's Dr Siju Iluyomade Arise Women's free Covid-19 Vaccination for people who are yet to get vaccinated even though the pandemic keeps on ravaging the world. The opportunity which is the third in series provided by the delectable philanthropist, Dr Siju, is part of her support to the government in eliminating the spread of the deadly virus. The event which will be held at the Arise Vaccination Clinic, COD road, Plot 7/8 Chief Yusuf Abiodun road, Oniru, Victoria Island on Wednesday 9th February, 2022 will administer both the first and second dose as well as booster jab to individuals depending on the one applicable. According to information made available to us, the Convener, Dr Siju will also use the opportunity to present a cash reward of about 3000 dollars to winners of Arise Walk for Life Campàign Video as well as Arise Lime Challenge. The organisers of the Arise Women event last year had announced the campaign and Lime challenge prior to the event. The reward which is going to be presented by Dr Iluyomade is also one of the highlights of the Arise free Vaccination exercise. Participants at the event will also be given free meal on the day.