By Osagie Alonge
Top Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde recently put smiles on the faces of 20 widows, treating the ladies to a thorough makeover session.
In honour of her mother, Mrs Shola Jalade who she lost 10 years ago 'after a brief illness', the Nollywood star enrolled the women in her ‘The 20 Widows Makeover’ programme, one of many projects under her Omotola Youth Empowerment Programme (OYEP).
‘We put the information out on BBM (Blackberry Messenger), and Twitter, but especially Hints magazine’, Omotola tells NET how OYEP found the 20 lucky women. They were all pampered from head to toe, first with a total makeover, including facials and massage by the reputable Fresh Look Spa and celebrity choice – H and H Spa. Each widow had her hair done by celebrity hair stylist – Ugo Igbokwe of 'Make Me', while they were made up by House of Tara.
After the make-over, it was time for shopping galore with Omotola at a top fashion boutique, and after selecting their outfits, the icing on the cake; a photo session with top photographer – Kelechi Amadi-Obi.
The women were also given various gift items such as sets of designer pots and other cooking utensils, as well as foodstuff, and a make-up kit from House of Tara.
‘This is something I wish I or someone had done for my mother. If you give these women money, they would spend it on their kids. This time it’s about them’, said the actress, who also lost her dad 21 years ago.
The actress, who has been commended for this program, told NET she isn't sure OYEP will repeat it next year; 'We attend to different things every year. Last year, it was children , we did this with Unicef'