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  Ighodalo, 39, was due to celebrate her 40th birthday on the 19th of July 2020, and had been travelling across the country to build isolation centres for coronavirus patients, her family said. In addition to being the co-pastor of Trinity House church in Lagos, Nigeria, along with husband Ituah Ighodalo, she also ran upscale, luxury events services Elizabeth R, a leading event management company in the country.
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Many described how through the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation, Ighodalo provided grants for women to pay for IVF treatments and helped reduce the stigma around IVF in Nigeria. She was a hero for most women that battled with infertility in every sense of the word. An issue that she never shied away from discussing. Ighodalo was open about her own struggles to conceive and shared in an interview that she had undergone 11 IVF procedures before adopting two children with her husband of 13 years. She also talked about finally conceiving twins and suffering a miscarriage at three months. “It’s such a rollercoaster… It’s emotionally draining. It’s very expensive… I stopped living and I was just existing…,” she said in the interview with Arise Television.

Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF)

The Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF) is a non-profit organization created to raise awareness on issues pertaining to infertility and to provide grants for couples that require fertility treatments such as In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination.
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She set up the foundation with the purpose of granting the fertility wishes of so many women, especially considering the huge financial constraints that come with pursuing fertility treatments. She wanted to shatter every possible human barrier to the dreams of parenthood. The Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation Grant has been set up to make sure that those dreams come true. For those in need of assisted reproduction, In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and other fertility treatments costs in the range of ₦6.5m on the average. With the understanding that not many people have the funds to carry out these procedures, which can sometimes require two to three cycles to achieve pregnancy, the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF) decided to be the game-changer in helping couples achieve their dreams.

Gaining Grants from the Ibidunn Ighodalo Foundation

The Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation gives grants to make their dreams of pregnancy and childbirth come true by offering financial aid for fertility treatments to those that qualify. Grants through the Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation are either in kind (donated services from their medical partners) or monetary, typically valued at over ₦1m each for the cost of the required treatment. As with most grants, some technicalities are involved in having the applications successfully completed to ensure that the grants are made available to those who need them the most. The following information is the necessities to have before commencing the application:
  • A diagnosis of infertility from a qualified medical practitioner.
  • An understanding of your state of health for fertility tests, medication and procedures.
  • Your level of need, based on your income and how much cash flow you have.
  • Details and costs of the fertility treatments that you seek to pursue.

Ibidunni Ighodalo: The End that came Too Early

Ibidunni Ituah-Ighodalo died in the early hours of Sunday morning in Port Harcourt, in the south-south of the country. The cause of death was cardiac arrest, according to the family. The death of the former beauty queen and wife of a popular Nigerian preacher prompted shock and sadness in the country. Her husband described receiving the news of her death as “the call that shattered my life.” Sources: Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation CNN Featured Image Source: Vanguard NG
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This article was first published on 22nd July 2020


Jeremiah is a scholar and a poet. He has a keen eye for studying the world and is passionate about people. He tweets at @jeremiahaluwong.

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