Founder & CEO
Oyovwe is the founder and CEO of The Widows Empowerment Trust. She is also the founder of the Christian organisation Glorious Women in Christ (GWIC), where she is one of five board members for charitable work.
Oyovwe graduated with a B.Sc degree in Chemistry from Delta State University in Nigeria before she migrated to the United Kingdom. In 2009, she obtained M.Sc degree in Environmental Protection at Salford University. After obtaining her degrees in more scientific areas, she realised her passion lies in humanity and care and decided to obtain a degree in Social Care (BA Hons) at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012.
Whilst being an eager academic, humanitarian and working with vulnerable people in the community here and abroad, she is also married with four children.
Her interest in and compassion for widows stems from her grandmother, which raised Oyowe´s mother as a widow in Nigeria. Coping with psychological, economic, cultural and social challenges and the stigmatisation about widows still present in some cultures, made it difficult for them to cope and survive. Oyovwe promised her mother that when she grew up, she would support and empower widows, and work to change the social stigma around widowhood, and this work turned into The Widows Empowerment Trust.
Veronica is a passionate and skilful volunteer, who is determined to improve the lives of those in need of support. After acquiring a Degree from the University of Lagos, she later moved to Italy, where she began to pursue health care. Although she has always been passionate about helping people, her passion for improving the lives of widows started when she lost her dad in 2012. Sadly, Veronica´s mother was a victim of traumatising traditional and cultural abuse associated with widows. This experience had a severe impact on her mother's mental health, and Veronica has been involved in helping widows and widowers ever since.
Stephanie Roberts is the member of our Trustee board that has a firm grasp on everything financial. Stephanie has been working with accounts since she was 16, doing manual wages. She has a total of 20 years of experience balancing books and working with accounting for several different companies and the Widows Empowerment Trust has had a huge benefit from working with her on a regular basis. Stephanie was originally born in Malta, but moved to the south of Wales after two years. She still feels more Welsh than Maltese and loves a bit of Rugby! Other than volunteering, Stephanie has two sons that she enjoys spoiling.
Laila Tjensvoll is the member of our Trustee board who handles anything marketing related, website maintenance and some PR. With a background in Journalism, she is an avid writer and reader who loves a creative challenge that will further her experience in content marketing and website maintenance. Other than working full time and volunteering as a Trustee for The Widows Empowerment Trust, she a person who can't sit still and will take any opportunity for a new adventure. This results in skiing accidents, getting lost on mountain tops and many other weird and wonderful scenarios only she could get herself into.
Creative programmes and activity manager
Website developer and Adviser
Engagement Support Officer
Project and Events Management
PR and Advocacy Officer
Regional Operations Manager