Lady (Dame) Comfort Nwadi Ani, a native of Enugu Ngwo, in Udi Local Government of Enugu State was born on 24th July 1948 to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Cecilia Chime. Lady Comfortâ€™s marriage to Sir Ebenezer Chukuka Ani is blessed with lovely and very responsible children.
Lady Comfort trained and worked as a nurse during the Nigeria-Biafra civil war. She also trained as facilitator in different thematic areas which included but not limited to:Advocacy on HIV and AIDS, VAW, Poverty Alleviation/skill acquisition, Capacity Building/Leadership Training, Human Rights/SRHR, Conflict Resolution, Fund Raising strategies and Project Proposal writing.
Lady Comfort imbibed the culture of volunteerism from her mother Mrs. Cecilia Chime of blessed memory who devoted a portion of earnings from her business to care for the poor and needy in her community. She passionately carried on this supportive roles until she was called to be with the Lord.
Lady Comfort joined Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Nigeria in 1992. She was elected to different leadership roles in the Board. She became President of the over 40,000 women and girls Organization from the year 2005 to 2011.
In 2007 Lady Comfort was elected Vice President of the World YWCA, the foremost women and girls Organization in the world with over 25,000,000 women and girls spread over the five continents of the world. She became the 1st Nigerian to occupy this exalted world portfolio in over 160 years.
Lady Comfort worked as the chair of the Audit Committee of World YWCA and KPMG for 4 years. This period brought great change and transparency to book keeping and financial dealings in World YWCA. Within the 6 and 4 years tenures as President YWCA of Nigeria and Vice President, World YWCA, Lady Comfort organized and ran a Parallel Event workshop on Promoting and Empowering the Girl Child Access to learning and caring in the Face of HIV and AIDS during CSW at the United Nations, a workshop that promoted the work of our Noble Association on the Girl Child.
She worked as Chief of Party in an HIV and AIDS Response Program (Y-CARE) funded by PEPFAR through USAID Nigeria. Other Organizations she worked with included World Council of Churches, International AIDS Society, UNAIDS, NACA, State Governments, Churches, Mosques and other religious bodies to mention but a few.
Lady Comfort was elected President of the African YWCAs Network (AYNET) in 2009 Her passion for voluntary work resulted in her founding of a Regional based NGO, “Society for Development and Sustainability in Africa” (SODSA)
To actualize the painting of a picture that makes everyone relevant irrespective of culture, educational background, disability, and health challenges, age and limited opportunities in a Region (Sub-Saharan Africa) still struggling for Sustainable Developments.
To bring together stake holders of Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and Faith Based Organizations (FBO’s) to address and deal with thematic issues militating against development and sustainability in Africa.
To build a Sustainable Development that recognizes the values of retirees from different services and tapping their potentials through creating spaces for their participation in workshops and effective advisory roles in different tiers of Government and skill impartation.
SODSA which started work within communities in 2007 was registered with Corporate Affairs Commission in 2009 as an NGO. Her success stories under the able leadership of Lady Comfort include:
Two months intensive leadership, entrepreneurship training and skill impartation in partnership with Entrepreneurship Development Centre of University of Nigeria. Beneficiaries were 70% young women, 20% young men and 10% not so young women. Venue was Ngwo in Udi Local Government of Enugu State.
This training produced 240 grandaunts in Agro based skills, dress making, food technology, computer skills, cosmetology, hair dressing, Arts and Crafts with Beads. Some of them are now employers of labor while some pay their school fees from the proceeds of their production
Partnership with the Ministry in charge of youths in Douala Cameroon on skill building, carrier counseling, and others.
The Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion in appreciation of the giving of her 3Ts (Time, Talent and Treasure) enrolled her into the Order of St Mary hence the name Dame/Lady Comfort. National Council of Nigeria in Enugu State gave her the Chieftaincy title “Aka Ekpuchi Onwa” Lady Comfort is a licensed Lay Reader and a shameless preacher of the word of God, Trustee of many Organizations including the National Organization of Women living with HIV and AIDS
I Lady Comfort Nwadi Ani have passion for Humanitarian and Advocacy works because I am purpose driven, inspired by my passion for the eradication of Gender discrimination, denials, illiteracy, poverty, health and other thematic issues, believing that one woman can change anything and many women can change everything..
I am undeterred by challenges and obstacles in achieving results and resolute to build on such challenges and obstacles.