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Widowed bakers to benefit from Dewdrops N500,000 grant

By Ijeoma Nwanosike
13 August 2022   |   4:05 am
To cushion the effect of the economy especially in the baking industry, Dewdrops Uncut Learning has announced its intentions to gift five widowed bakers N500, 000 grant each.

Chief Executive officer, Elsies Bakehouse, Ify Okori (left); Convener, Dewdrops Uncut Learning, Eznne Okonkwo; Managing Director, Dripplescakes, Tareela Okene and Managing Director, Cakes ‘R’ Us, Onome Nwonu at the event.

To cushion the effect of the economy especially in the baking industry, Dewdrops Uncut Learning has announced its intentions to gift five widowed bakers N500, 000 grant each.

The initiative would also give three million-naira worth of baking equipment to three bakers.

Managing director, Dewdrops Cake Factory, Ezinne Okonkwo, disclosed at a press briefing in Lagos ahead of the three-day bakers’ seminar themed; “Revamping the Craft” scheduled to hold from September 5 to 7, 2022 at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

She said that with the impact of COVID-19, inflation and Russian-Ukrainian war hitting the baking industry in Nigeria, leading to outrageous increase in the price of baking materials, the need to support widows and women startups what brought to the fore.

She stressed that the seminar would be a platform for bakers to improve their skills, network and learn how to keep their businesses afloat in these trying times.

She added that it would also equip early-stage bakers in the baking and confectionery sector with the skills and tools needed to run a successful baking business.

“It been quite eventful over the years, with the coming of COVID 19, we saw the need to rebrand, we saw the need to renovate which led to the theme ‘Craft Revamp. It is an impactful beneficiary event, which we are bringing to bakers in Nigeria and Africa.

The idea came up when I got the inspiration from God, it is my baby project and little way of giving back to society.”

She further noted that the third edition would involve training sections with A-list bakers such as Yolanda Gampp from Toronto, Canada, and top Nigerian bakers in London, adding that it will feature live challenge competition where different teams compete by creating a masterpiece for the grand price of three million naira.

Okonkwo called for government support as the inflation and inadequate electricity is causing some businesses in the field to collapse.

“Over the past years, we have seen the face of the Nigerian cake industry improve, people have improved their craft all thanks to some individuals who have sacrificed their time and God-given talent to nurture people. That gave rise to the introduction of the very first award called, “The Dewdrops Uncut Learning best tutor/ learning experience, which cuts across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria”.

While managing director, Dripplescakes, Tareela Okene, said the event would enhance networking, learning, relearning, and collaboration among bakers.