CBA Foundation – Empowering and Protecting Underprivileged Women in Nigeria

CBA FOUNDATION is a registered non-governmental organisation in Nigeria dedicated to empowering and equipping Underprivileged Widows with the confidence, courage and skills they need to improve their lives. Create opportunities for their children that inspire hope and help realize their dreams. The organization is founded by Chinwe Bode Akinwande who’s extremely passionate about humanity. Within her organization, Chinwe have impacted so many women’s lives.

Chinwe Bode Akinwande shared the story of her organization and how she started with Sukurat Adenike Adelodun of Africans Building Africa.

  1. Tell us about yourself and your organization

My name is Chinwe Bode-Akinwande also know as CBA.  I am a mother of two kids, a seasoned motivational speaker, entrepreneur and a ‘doer’ with a difference. With my husband, we run the affairs of a Singles Forum known as SinglesConnect as Relationship Gurus. We are also director over various businesses and part of the board members of outfits.  I hold a degree in Banking & Finance with certificates in Strategic Brand Management from University of Austin, Texas, USA and Consulting Tool Kits with Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.

CBA, her husband Bode Akinwande and their team of volunteers at a recent event.

I am a compassionate fellow who’s keen to give her time, talent and treasure to extend hope to underprivileged widows in Nigeria as well as helping and supporting their vulnerable children. I have set up a foundation under the laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria known as Chinwe Bode-Akinwande Foundation (CBA Foundation) with headquarters situated in Lagos, Nigeria.

The 5 point agenda for the foundation are: Capacity Building, Self-Employment Schemes, Heath Interventions, Nutrition and Basic Education for the children. With over 22 years of experience in leadership, branding, strategic planning, project management, coaching/mentoring and consulting, I consider myself a valuable resource to empower women for the sole purpose of helping them improve their lives.
We bolster our efforts by building public awareness of the VAPP (2015) ACT on the plight of widows and vulnerable children, and working towards launching a radio program, A Widows’ Dilemma.

  1. How much did you need to start your organization and how were you able to raise that capital?

CBA Foundation started with little, or nothing. Initially, I invested in my little way on the registration to launch the foundation, and little bit more to cover the first few months of operations. Because I had a 9-5 job, I had to deprive myself of certain needs in order to set up the Foundation.
Worthy to mention also that the Board of Trustees helped not only monetary but also advice on ways to set up the Foundation.

  1. What are some of the challenges you face in your organization and how do you overcome those challenges?

Some of the challenges I face which is common to most NGOs is lack of finding – both from individuals and corporates. The essence of setting up the foundation is to be an extension of God’s hand to touch lives. We depend on individuals and corporate organizations who believe in our cause and support the vision.

People are usually reluctant to give to charity but I am not relenting, I will keep up the good work, no matter how little or much that comes in. There are lives that our organization will definitely transform and I will be bold to make that change!

  1. Where do you see your organization in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?

Gift items to be donated to the widows and less privileged at the event held recently.

In the next 5 years, I see CBA Foundation receiving Grants from both National and International organizations. Receiving awards and touching thousands of lives (underprivileged widows and their children). Be part of policy making/assessment for government & corporate organizations on matters concerning women.
Presently to add up to the 5 year projection, I am developing myself in relevant areas. For the Foundation, ensuring our books is transparent and audited by an auditor when it’s due. Participating in humanitarian works. Contributing positively as a member of the Nigeria Network of NGOs and reaching out more on advocacy.

International Widows Day on June 23, is the crux of what we do and we ensure that this day is commemorated annually. Since inception in 2015, we have been hosting outreach programs to empower, educate, and reach out to underprivileged widows and their children.

  1. What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs looking to start a business or invest in Africa?

My advise to entrepreneurs is to build themselves professionally so they are good and responsible at what they set out to do.
Leadership must be a conscious position to aspire as an entrepreneur.
Integrity should be their watch word.
Starting a business does not start with capital, rather, the ‘Big Ideas’, the technical know-how & ensuring there is a need which you create a niche for yourself to meet.
For Investors, look before you leap, be positive, do your underground research and go for it!

  1. What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs looking to start a business or invest in Africa?

Part of CBA Foundation’s agenda is to Empowerment Capacity Building with the support of all donors. We profile widows, counsel them and set them up in the area of business or skill they desire. By doing this, the Economy and Africa to be precise develops beside touching lives of the underprivileged widows.
We reinstate the children of underprivileged widows back to school. These in a great way reduce the number of beggars in the street and communities.




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