The renowned clergy and advocate of good Governance, Bishop Emeka Nwankpa has perfected plans to carry out the 2024 version of the “Widows Must Smile” event that happened on 9th January 2023. It is an annual program he has designed to put smiles on the faces of every window in Abia State.
The former governorship candidate of Accord and senior pastor at Chapel of Faith International Bible Ministry had during the electioneering period revealed that he has been on the path of giving hope to women who lost their husbands, putting smiles on their faces for the past 17 years. This was in clarification of some erroneous speculations that he was doing so for political activities going on then.
In his words, “Let me reecho this reality. I have heard people say that my annual event for widows that happened on 9th January 2023 was because I am contesting to be the Governor of Abia State. I never dreamt of contesting for this position 17 years ago because I have always focused on feeding the sheep in the vineyard of God where I have done marvelously well. My decision to throw my hat in the ring was borne out of the urge to contribute my quota to salvaging Abia State at a higher responsibility due to the decadence, backwardness, and underdevelopment that has characterized her existence for almost 2 decades.
“Recall that around January 2023 when the first date for the widows must smile event did not work out due to logistics challenges, I had to suspend every political engagement and campaign because, to me, there is no pursuit that is worth compromising the joy of the women God has placed in my hands. I call them my “Father’ Wives” because God is their husband and I am his son, his servant.
“Rather, I had a covenant with God 17 years ago that as long as I live draw breath, no widow will cry around me. I became who i am through the help of a widow and my mother as a widow prepared me for the journey of life that brought me here because if not for widows, I wouldn’t have survived to bless others today.
“In order words, my ministry will continue after politics, my foundation ” Bishop Emeka Nwankpa Foundation” is always there to care for the widows, less privileged and indigent students who are enjoying all levels of scholarship.
This year’s event has been slated to happen on the 9th of January 2023 at his residence.
See images from the 2023 version of the special event for Widows.