WAELE Founder/President, Otunba Dr. Basirat Nahibi -Niasse Meets Malian Ambassador

The Founder/President of Women Advancement for Economic and Leadership in Africa (WAELE), Otunba Basirat Nahibi Niasse, has promised that the organization is set to empower widows in Africa as parts of efforts to let them be independent and take care of their children.

 

She stated this while she paid a familiarization visit to the Malian Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr Mustapha Traore, at the Embassy of Mali in Maitama, Abuja. She told the ambassador that the West Africa office of WAELE was launched in Bamako, the capital of Mali, during the government of former President and through the help of the former first lady. The WAELE founder added that she was able to meet the late Libyan leader, Moammar Gaddafi, through the former Malian President.

“We launched our West African office in Bamako, Mali. We were always in touch with the former first lady of Mali together and President Toure and the late Libyan leader, Moammar Gaddafi. I have a very good working relationship with Mali through the ambassadors who have been posted to Nigeria.  WAELE was formed about 15 years ago and we have done a lot within the African continent by empowering widows and have been an agent of peace between two countries of Chad and Sudan during their crisis. I led a delegation of African women to Sudan where we meet with President Omar al-Bashir and appealed to him to open the border and to also open the embassy of Sudan that he closed in Chad. We did the same thing in Chad during our meeting with the Chadian President Idris Debby.  Our intervention was positive as the two leaders buried the hatchet. The borders and the embassies were open and the two countries have been at peace since. We have been around Africa doing a lot of things. We were in Sudan during the South Sudan referendum. We took relief materials to South Sudan when the crisis in the country started in 2014. We have been to Somalia and we have worked across Africa,” she said.

 

According to Otunba Nahibi Niasse, WAELE with more funds is set to spread its tentacles across the African continent to build women and children hospitals and empower each widow with a loan of $200 to start a business. The loan which she described as revolving is without interest but to help the widows start on their feet in the absence of their husbands.

 

“Now that we have some funds, we are planning to carry out feasible and visible projects across Africa and not just empowering. We want to build hospitals for women and children and apart from this; we want to empower 200 widows in each country we have visited and that is why I sent the letter to the embassy that we’ll be coming to Mali to empower 200 widows. These 200 widows will be given $200 each to start business. Some of these women don’t know how to do anything they just stay at home and when the husband dies, it becomes very difficult for them to cater for the children.”

 

“We are giving them the $2oo to manage their lives, treat themselves and the children and this is what we have done so far. We have done this in Nigeria, in The Gambia and now we want to go round Africa to do same. The $200 is a revolving loan, not a gift, but without interest. The $200 will remain in the country for the 200 widows and that is $40,000. After the first set of women pay back, another 200 will be empowered and so on. There is no plan to move this money back to WAELE headquarters, it will in the country benefitting for the widows to use as form of empowerment. It is going to be a continuous process for the widows.”

 

“We are doing this all over Africa now and soon we will be moving from the west to the east, central to the north and to the east. We will be doing this in Mali because Mali was our first point of call when we started because of Madam Fanta who was one of our vice presidents when we started. She lost her husband recently and she is also a widow and we want to use the opportunity to stop over in Mali, visit her and empower the 200 widows. Our letters to Burundi, Rwanda, Namibia, Kenya and Botswana were responded to and we are going to be in these countries very soon.”

 

The ambassador in his response said WAELE’s visit to the embassy was very important to the Malian government. He said the embassy will always be ready to assist WAELE in all its activities while adding that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will warmly receive WAELE’s delegation in Mali during the widow’s empowerment programme.

4 Comments

  • ojo bridget August 16, 2018 9:27 pm

    Women Empowerment is our Goal kudos to the Founder of WAELE AFRICA

  • Hon Dr Fatoumata Jahumpa Ceesay September 3, 2018 2:49 pm

    Well done our indefatigable President Otuban Basirat
    May Allah SWT reward n continue to protect n bless u n all members ????????????????????????

  • Charles March 29, 2019 3:17 am

    Laudable and commendable.

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