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Dare Ajayi, the late Ibiduni Ighodalo’s brother, has revealed that over N140 million has been gathered to assist 40 women in becoming mothers, a desire that the late businesswoman nurtured before her death.
Dare Ajayi made the announcement on his Instagram page moments ago, writing in his birthday tribute to the late Ibidunni Ighodalo, who would have been a year older today:
Your last wish was to help 40 couples conceive their own children as part of your 40th birthday celebration a year ago. That was all you wanted !
Remarkably as always, God heard your prayers and the world was moved by the impactful and purposeful life you led.
Your foundation @ibidunniighodalofoundation has raised well over N140,000,000 (one hundred and forty million Naira) and still counting! I mean who raises funds from heaven? Angels only.
We have recorded a few Successful conceptions but we still going on 40!
Your impact even after your demise hasn’t diminished. You are still touching lives in absential. I know you are happy and at peace!
I want to celebrate your victory today by thanking everyone who helped us through this period !
For us it is a time of gratitude!
So guys on behalf of this legend !
I want to say a big thank you for making her wish come true! I’ld like to thank everyone who contributed ! From the richest man and woman in Africa to the ones who gave out of nothing but compassion! To those who knew her and those who didn’t but were inspired by the exemplary life she led !
From her husband who has kept this dream alive, to the church, pastors, her children , family on both sides, friends, dignitaries, office & domestic staff, media, her colleagues in the event world , her clients , bloggers , influencers, admirers, strangers and ultimately the almighty God for a life well spent.
IBIDUNNI Says THANK YOU
God bless you all! Amen”
Ibidunni Ighodalo (July 1980 – 14 June 2020) was a former beauty queen, an event management expert, a philanthropist, and a co-pastor of Trinity House Church, in Lagos Nigeria.
In 2007, she married Pastor Pastor Ituah Ighodalo of Trinity House Church and both have two adopted children. Mrs Ighodalo was open about her own struggles to conceive, and her passion to help families that are suffering from infertility.
She once narrated in an interview how they struggled to have their own children, visited hospitals and were told by medical doctors that their only option is to seek treatment through assisted reproduction. Ibidun confessed that she had done IVF 11 times and it failed every time, and during the last attempt, she was pregnant with twins. Unfortunately, she lost the pregnancy after three months.
These experiences inspired her to start the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation, which raises awareness about infertility and provides financial assistance to families facing infertility to undergo IVF.
She has used the charity to give funds to couples undergoing IVF and to raise awareness.
Mrs. Ibidunni died in the early hours of Sunday morning, June 14, 2020, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s easternmost city. Prior to her death, she was on assignment for the River State administration to establish a COVID-19 isolation centre. Ibidunni passed away just a month before her 40th birthday. She died as a result of a heart arrest.