Oyovwe Kigho is founder and CEO of The Widows Empowerment Trust and is an award-winning campaigner in the sphere of combating loneliness and isolation in the UK.
Oyovwe is also a social activist on the impact of bereavement, a strong community leader and a social voice for widows. Her understanding of the impact of grief, loss and bereavement on health and wellbeing is a key driver of her work. While her focus is on widows, Oyovwe also provides support for widowers and others in need (including those faced by dementia in care setting) due to bereavement.
Oyovwe is interested in emerging Social Inclusion therapies which provide a comprehensive support program for bereaved spouses. Across the four centres she launched in Manchester, beneficiaries can take part in activities such as sewing, knitting, crotchet, bingo, cook and taste, and karaoke.
Oyovwe has a BA in Integrated Health and Social Care from Manchester Metropolitan University; a Master’s degree in Environmental Protection from Salford University; and a BSc in Chemistry from Delta State University.
Oyovwe received ITV Good Morning Britain’s ‘Special Recognition Award’ for combating loneliness in 2019, and was a National Diversity Award ‘Lifetime Achiever’ finalist.