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Runway Jazz: Ibidunni recounts hardship women go through, bags award

ITREALMS:
Mrs. Ibidunni Ighodalo has been honoured with the Runway Jazz Humanitarian award as she recounts hardship women go through in search of fruit of the womb, reports ITRealms.

Ibidunni who is the promoter of Avant Garde, a bridal fashion brand, had worked closely with the organisers of the Runway Jazz; all week through the Masterclass and preparations leading to the show itself, it was astonishing how the award was carefully concealed until the last instance.

ITRealms gathered that the previous day, Ibidunni had participated in a training session to encourage budding entrepreneurs, just as she lit the candle of joy for two participants by gifting them with wedding gowns worth N1 million each.

The dresses, ITRealms also gathered, featured on the runway by Avant Garde by Elizabeth R were the fashion house’s high-end wedding dresses, designed in partnership with Walid Shebab Couture.

ITRealms reports that for her first runway show, Ibidunni Ighodalo collaborated with Mr. Frank Osodi who provided the models, styled them and directed the runway flow.
For her, it was an experience best described as “truly magnificent feeling.”

Further, ITRealms reports that Ibidunni was honored for being a pillar of support for many couples who are waiting to become parents; through Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF), 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, she has continued to bring hope and joy to many couples.

The recognition insignia was handed over to her by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo at the Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos. Among other interests, Ighodalo has become one of the most recognizable transmitters of charity, which includes, but is not limited to an orphanage.

“I thank God first because without Him none of these would be possible. Special mention must be made of the good people who have donated immensely to the foundation. It’s amazing how people have supported the foundation. To the couple who celebrated their wedding anniversary, this award is for them as well because they donated towards IVF treatment for 20 couples. I am also indebted to my humble friends Tonye Cole, Mrs Titi Adenuga and Pastor Mattew Ashimolowo who were at the Parents-in-Waiting Conference and donated funds for treatment of couples.

“To my Instagram followers who have donated immensely to the foundation, this award is for all of you and I pray that the Lord will answer every prayer in your heart and put smile on your faces. To my special administrator, Dayo Richard who has poured herself into this task and finally to our partner hospitals who have bent over backwards to be a part of this journey of putting smiles on the faces of our couples, God bless you all. May you never experience barrenness,” she said.

Ibidunni equally praised the efforts of her team, dedicating the award to “God who has blessed us with children in the foundation. To all the families who are still expecting their bundles of joy, to the families who have received theirs and to everyone helping the foundation and donating from every part of the world and everyone working for the foundation, without their support, the IIF couldn’t have made it.”


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