Anita Asuoha, also known as Real Warri Pikin, has announced a N1 million grant to help women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
To mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, the comedian distributed N50,000 to twenty small-scale female businesses in Abuja’s Nyanya Market.
Real Warri Pikin’s RWP Foundation has been assisting women in business for the past four years.
Every International Women’s Day, the foundation offers business mentorship, funding, and publicity to female entrepreneurs. It also distributes funding and instructional materials to schoolchildren and operates a monthly mental health program that provides safe spaces for those with mental illnesses, with the goal of eradicating mental health discrimination and stigma.
“I’m thrilled to support women’s empowerment on International Women’s Day,” said Real Warri Pikin.
“As a woman in the entertainment industry, I’ve seen the challenges that women face while pursuing their dreams. I believe that investing in women is crucial for creating a more equitable and just world.”
In a recent interview, Real Warri Pikin revealed what led to the creation of the foundation in 2018.
“I and my husband went into debt we had serious financial issues and we couldn’t pay our children’s school fees and they drove our kids from school,” she said.
“So, I promised myself that I would be of help to children and that is how the foundation started. I started paying children’s school fees, which is one of the things that we do, it is called the ‘Back to School’ project and then we also do this Mother’s Day N1 million challenge.
“Every March, like this which is women’s month, a few days before Mother’s Day, we go online to audition for women who need N100,000 to boost their businesses. We end up picking the top 10 and credit them, I have done that for four years.”
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