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Inlaks Promotes Women’s Inclusion in Celebration of International Women’s Day

Inlaks, a leading ICT infrastructure and systems integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa, proudly joins the global community in celebrating the accomplishments of women to commemorate the International Women’s Day. This annual event is dedicated to honoring women’s achievements, addressing challenges, and advocating for women’s rights and inclusion.

This year’s theme, “Inspire Inclusion,” highlights the importance of women’s participation in creating a more equitable and inclusive world. Inlaks organized two panel sessions featuring women and men from various business units within the organization. These sessions focused on discussions about inclusion and its significance for progress and growth.

Adetokunbo Ayo-Ogunsanya, Group Head of Human Resources and Administration at Inlaks, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to supporting women’s growth and empowerment. She emphasized the pivotal role women play in driving innovation, creativity, and success when given equal opportunities.

“At Inlaks, we understand that empowering women is not just a moral obligation but also a strategic imperative. Our goal is to foster an inclusive workplace where women can unleash their full potential,” stated Adetokunbo Ayo-Ogunsanya.

The panel discussions underscored the importance of empowering women through mentorship programs, leadership development opportunities, and policies promoting work-life integration. Panelists also highlighted the need to create a supportive environment that fosters equal opportunities for genders in both professional and societal settings.

In addition to celebrating International Women’s Day, Inlaks remains steadfast in its commitment to providing an equitable growth platform for all employees. Adetokunbo Ayo-Ogunsanya emphasized the company’s dedication to promoting efficiency and equality within its workforce.

“As we mark International Women’s Day, we must actively champion inclusivity across all facets of life, including workplaces and homes. Inlaks is aligned with these ideals, striving to ensure every voice is heard, every idea is valued, and every individual feels empowered to succeed,” remarked Adetokunbo Ayo-Ogunsanya.

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McEnies CEO, Olaosebikan Honoured with Chieftaincy Title, Gimbia Of Durumi (Women Leader)

Marketing Communications professional and the Chief Executive Officer of McEnies Global Communications, Dr. Omolaraeni Olaosebikan has been honoured with the chieftaincy title, Gimbia of Durumi, (meaning Women Leader) in FCT, Abuja, North Central Nigeria.

Dr Olaosebikan recorded this latest feat on Friday, March 22, 2024 during the global commeration of the United Nations World Water Day, where a solar-powered borehole was donated to the Gudu Community in Abuja by the LG Electronics, a global leader in technology and innovation

The theme of this year is ‘Water for Peace’, emphasizing the vital significance of water in ensuring the stability and prosperity of human existence.

Expressing her joy during a chat with some journalists, the integrated marketing communication expert said:

“A chieftancy tittle has been conferred on me this last Friday, March 22, 2024 as, GIMBIA of DURUMI, meaning Women Leader. I am so pleased to announce that I am now Dr. Chief (Ms) Omolaraeni Olaosebikan. It’s a huge privilege for me to have been conferred and honoured with the distinguished tilte, Gimbia Of Durumi in Abuja.

“Durumi (Gbagi) is a small community in the Northern part of Nigeria that has decided to recognize my tenacity to bring some goodness for the first time into their community through a corporate organization and I assure them that I will not disappoint neither will I disappoint humanity in the journey of life.

“This worthy honour simultaneously came during the drilling of a solar-powered borehole for the people of Durumi, Gudu. The CSR initiative was part of the well thought out programme to celebrate the United Nations World Water Day.

“I so much love and appreciate everyone who have been part of the feat particularly the traditional institution in Gudu community, FCT Abuja. I feel so elated to extend my appreciation to the District Head, Garki, Chief Tanko Zekeri, as well as Chief Iya Bawa and others.” She said.

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Gender Links & International IDEA to Host Webinar on Findings of Women Political Participation Africa Barometer on International Women’s Day

On 8 March 2024, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) together with Gender Links, will mark a milestone as they present findings of the second edition of the Women Political Participation Africa Barometer. This event underscores the achievements of the Women in Political Participation Consortium, which was launched in 2019 with support from the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa.

 

Through this initiative, the consortium is advancing the project titled “Enhancing the Participation of Women in Political Participation in Africa.” Details of the 1st Edition of the WPP Barometer, published in 2021, are available here.  

 

Central to the project’s mission is the promotion of women’s political participation and representation across Africa. Drawing inspiration from the Maputo Protocol of 2003, sub-regional protocols, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the project aims to amplify the voices of women in political spheres.

 

To achieve its objectives, International IDEA and its partners engage with a diverse range of stakeholders, including political parties, media organizations, election management bodies, parliaments, and governmental ministries focused on gender and women’s issues. By collaborating with policymakers and regional bodies such as the African Union and regional economic communities, the project aims to effect meaningful change throughout the continent.

 

Currently operational in eight African countries—Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe—the Women in Political Participation (WPP) project is making significant strides towards its goals.

 

The International Women’s Day sets the celebratory tone for amplifying achievements by women and the African continent is celebrating a one percentage point increase in women’s representation in the African Parliament from 24% in 2021 to 25% in 2024, as revealed in the topline findings of the International IDEA Women’s Political Participation in Africa Barometer, led by Gender Links.

 

The presentation of the WPP Barometer Topline findings follows the publication of the 1st Edition of the WPP Barometer in 2021, providing valuable insights into the status of women’s political participation in Africa.

 

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The Beast Foundation Launches Pan-African Female-Focused Leadership and Education Initiative, Lead Like a Girl

The Beast Foundation, in collaboration with Elyseum Family Office (Elyseum), is pleased to announce the launch of the Lead Like a Girl programme aimed at empowering young women from underprivileged contexts in South Africa and Zimbabwe, providing them with opportunities to realise their full potential.

 

Arising from a partnership established in July 2023 between The Beast Foundation and Elyseum, this visionary programme is geared towards creating a brighter future by fostering leaderships skills and generating opportunities for success among younger women in marginalised communities.

 

Recognising the disparities in educational resources, Lead Like a Girl offers a well-rounded environment with expert mentorship and leadership development for young women. Structured around five core pillars, Lead Like a Girl encompasses crucial aspects such as schooling support (including tuition, boarding fees, textbooks, and learning materials), annual leadership camps, inter-African country visits, ongoing mentorship, and a dedicated alumni community.

 

Partnering with development organisations like The Amathuba Foundation, The Imbeleko Foundation, Mondi South Africa, and Higherlife Foundation Zimbabwe, the first cohort of 15 learners from KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in South Africa, as well as Harare and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, was carefully selected based on academic, sporting, and cultural achievements, as well as financial need.

 

“Lead Like a Girl represents a collective effort to uplift young women and foster positive change in underserved communities across Africa. Through mentorship, scholarships, the influence of inspiring female patrons, and the establishment of a robust alumni network, our goal with Lead Like a Girl is clear: to provide unwavering support, comprehensive training, and quality education to young girls. We aim to nurture them into formidable future leaders, in turn, empowering them to guide the next generation of young girls as they forge their own unique paths,” says Chairman of The Beast Foundation, Tendai Mtawarira.

 

Lead Like a Girl aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goals 4, Quality Education, and 5, Gender Equality. Moreover, the UN Women Annual Report (https://apo-opa.co/48a3OF7) highlights the urgent need for accelerated progress, indicating that achieving gender equality could take up to 300 years without the allocation of increased resources. Lead Like a Girl aims to address these challenges by providing opportunities for girls to pursue education, thus contributing to breaking the cycle of poverty and reducing vulnerabilities to issues like child marriages and domestic violence.

 

“With Lead Like a Girl, we’re not just envisioning a brighter future; we’re actively shaping it. Together, with the support of our partners and the dedication of our team, we’re laying the foundation for a generation of empowered and resilient young women who will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the world,” adds Mtawarira.

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Oguntala Has Shattered the Glass Ceiling for Women – Sen. Godswill Akpabio

The President of Nigeria’s 10th Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, stated that the 34th president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has shattered the glass ceiling for women, becoming the first female president in the society’s 65-year history.

 

Sen. Akpabio, the keynote speaker during the investiture ceremony held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja on January 20, 2024, and also an engineer, was represented by the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ibrahim Barau Jibrin.

 

He emphasized that her historic presidency inspires women to aim high, asserting, “The time has come for the NSE to enter the labour room and give birth to a new version of itself. Our society faces numerous obstacles hindering growth and development. With determination, we will get it right. Engineers must provide solutions, enable economic development, and aid national development.”

 

“We must attract engineers abroad to come home and contribute to national development. Also, we must support our young engineers to excel. We must create diversity and inclusivity in the profession, where individuals of all backgrounds can learn and contribute their expertise and experience to our development,” he further said.

 

Other dignitaries at the event included the Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa; the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde; members of the Diplomatic Corps; traditional rulers; members of international engineering associations; and other professional bodies in Nigeria.

 

Oguntala, a three-time Vice President of the association, holds an impressive record with over 53 awards, including the prestigious NSE Presidential awards received ten times. She has also been honoured with the APWEN Innovative Leader Award, APBN Meritorious Service awards, and recognitions from various NSE Branches and Divisions.

 

The investiture also saw the inauguration of the Deputy President, Engr. Ali Alimasuya Rabiu, and six Vice-Presidents: Joseph Sunday Adebayo (South-west), Danladi Ushiki Adamu (North-east), Rose James Madaki (North-west), Felicia Nnenna Agubata (South-east), Bemogho Ofoeyeno (South-south), and Ademola Isaac Agoro (South-west).

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Too Much Money Entertainment Empire Unveils ‘Ideal Public Role Model Figure’ to Support Girl Child

By Mene Prosper

In a move to curb the moral decadence prevalent in the society today, Too Much Money Entertainment Empire in conjunction with Streetster Philanthropic Services, recently unveiled , Ideal Public Role Model Figure, in Lagos Nigeria.

According to the organisers of the event Ideal Public Role Model Figure, is geared towards nurturing the girl child from a tender age to ensure that she is properly groomed to fit into womanhood and motherhood.

Speaking at the event, Chief Operating Officer Too Much Money Entertainment Empire, Mr Emini Ofo Tolorun , hinted that the programme will be carried out through the Imperial School of Science and Technology, which was primarily established to groom the girl child to become a role model figure to the next generation woman..

He further, pointed out that considering the biological factors in human reproduction the girl child should be groomed and nurtured early in life to enable her acquire all that is required morally, economically and socially to fit into womanhood and motherhood.

Tolorun, who is concerned about the home front , which according to him should be the springboard on which destinies should be molded, pointed out, that most homes and marriages are distressed and shattered because the women in such homes were not properly groomed as homemakers.
He asserted that grooming of the girl child should begin at age 16 upwards as they attain maturity. He opined that the home suffers if the girl child does not acquire the needed education in home management before going into marriage, “if the girl child is not properly groomed, while in marriage she goes about chasing shadows , leaving the home to dwindle while the children are at the mercy of moral decadence” He said.
Noting that the school was created to teach the basics of what the young females ought to learn in the University to prepare them for marriage.

Speaking on his inspiration to establish the school, he explained that he is a world problem solver and has discovered the solution to disharmony in homes, and intends to solve those challenges through the establishment of the imperial school of science and technology, which he is sure will tackle the issue.

The Imperial School of Science and Technology is currently in session and admitting new students, for more information and details on the school visit www.TooMuchMoney.site, ImperialSchool@ToomuchMoney.site

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Business Leaders, Politicians Set to Pay Tribute to Victoria Yewande Ayeni, as Burial Holds Feb. 2

The ancient town of Ilamo Ekiti in Ikole Local Government of Ekiti State, will come alive as from next week as traditional activities begin in respect of the burial of a respected community leader and business woman, Late Chief Mrs. Victoria Yewande Ayeni, mother of the Peoples Democratic Party Senatorial Candidate in the last year general election.

According to a statement signed by the leader of the Ayeni family, traditional activities for the burial will start on Wednesday 31st with procession round the town while Christian Wake keep will hold on Thursday Feb. 1 at the Holy Apostolic Primary School field, Asin Ekiti.

The statement further stated that on Friday, Feb. 2 which is the peak of the three-day burial ceremony , Church service and Interment will hold at St. Peter’s Anglican Church Isaba which will be followed immediately with reception at St Theresa’s field, Ikole Ekiti.

It was also stated that the traditional procession would be led by Chief Omolayo Ayeni and other siblings.

The people of Ikole Ekiti and Funso Ayeni political family within and outside Ikole Ekiti are expected to troop out in their hundreds to join the procession, which will start from Ilamo area of Ikole Ekiti.

Speaking on expectation and preparation for the burial, Prince Funso Ayeni said the procession would be held amidst funfair at every junction, with various age groups, politicians and board members of Funso Ayeni Foundation joining.

Meanwhile, it has been indicated that politicians, top corporate players and representatives of various professional and religious bodies from all walk of life would attend the burial.

In a condolence letter sent to the family by Egbe Omo Ilamo, the community had indicated their readiness to rally round the Ayenis and pay them back for all the good humanitarian services they have consistently embarked upon to lift individuals and various communities in Ikole Local Government and Ekiti state at large.

Mrs. Victoria Ayeni died on the 14th of November, at the age of 83 years.

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Medha Elluru Emerges Best Student In Nigeria Aces 2023 IGCSE, Scores Top In Physics & Chemistry

Apart from her passion for arts, 16-year-old Medha Krishna Elluru has recorded a fresh academic feat just as she exhibited excellence winning top in Physics and Chemistry in the just concluded International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

 

Pearson Edexcel IGCSE is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14- to 16-year-olds which has been tried, tested and trusted by schools worldwide.

 

Medha’s stunning achievements in 2023 indeed proved the saying that success doesn’t come when your hands are folded in your armpits but through hard work, determination, and confidence by scoring top rank in the whole country of Nigeria in the Pearson Edexcel IGCSE Physics and Chemistry examinations.

 

It would also be recalled that Medha successfully hosted a one-day solo art exhibition titled, ‘Unity in Cultural Diversity’ which held at the art gallery within the premises of National Museum, Onikan Road, a remarkable event that attracted a large crowd in June 2023.

 

Reacting to her current academic success, Medha said, “I commend my parents for their unwavering support towards my education, the moral and financial supports, the sacrifice they’ve made and still making, I will never take these for granted, neither will I stop doing my parents proud in all my life’s endeavors. I also thank my teachers for their efforts and fantastic teaching techniques which are good enough for me to fully understand each topic and to fully solve questions on my own afterwards”

On her preparedness for the examination, Medha said “I always had an aim to get such scores in my IGCSEs. Indeed, I always aimed high, set my goals accordingly, and importantly worked hard to achieve – by designing a detailed plan, and implementing it.

 

“Another factor that also helped me achieve this feat was my studying technique which mainly includes solving loads of questions, and past papers for each and every topic that is being assessed; it exposed me to the way questions are set and the way they are meant to be answered. Importantly, I was able to understand the mindset of the exam and gained lot of exam techniques, which I feel is a very important kill to acquire in order to sit for such type of exams, apart from understanding the content. My goal, which was to be the top, was a motivation for me. My studying technique helped me a lot. It exposed me to a wide spectrum of questions. It gave me an idea about how questions are meant to be solved.

 

“Additionally, you should never compromise in understanding the content/coursework completely. You need to pose lots of questions, clarify them, and learn for a purpose of satisfaction and not for the exam. As a result, indirectly, you would learn various concepts, which ultimately makes the exam feel very easy to sit for. It is very crucial to push yourself to the hardest, and never compromise on hard work. There is no shortcut to success. Follow the path of excellence wholeheartedly, the success will back you”

 

Medha’s mother, Mrs. Elluru who spoke on her child’s landmark accomplishments stated:

 

“I feel so proud to be the mother of Medha and so is her dad too, we both feel rewarded and elated and I believe her current milestone will no doubt be of immeasurable value to her education even as she grows older in age and as she moves higher academically.

 

“I appreciate the CIS school management for sustaining the congenial and conducive environment that contributed to her excellent performance. I must also appreciate them for their reflex of excellence, commitment and dedication in teaching my daughter to be globally recognized and celebrated as best IGCSE results holder in Physics and Chemistry in the country, my joy is really boundless.” She said.

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Sterling One Foundation partners Live Abundantly, British High Commission on gender based violence

Sterling One Foundation, in collaboration with Live Abundantly and the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, has officially launched the 2023 edition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria.

 

 

 

The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign, an annual United Nations initiative held annually from November 25 to December 10 (International Human Rights Day), aims to eradicate violence against women.

 

 

 

The global campaign, established in 1991 by the Women’s Global Leadership Institute at Rutgers University, has expanded to include violence against both girls and boys.

 

 

 

It is used as an organisational strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

 

 

 

In support of the initiative, the United Nations Secretary-General launched in 2008 the campaign UNITE by 2030 to End Violence against Women, which runs parallel to the 16 Days of Activism.

 

 

Since its inception in 1991, over 6,000 organisations from approximately 187 countries have participated in the campaign.

 

 

 

The event, held at the EbonyLife Place in Lagos, featured a film screening titled “Chatroom,” produced by Mrs. Olapeju Ibekwe, Chief Executive Officer of Sterling One Foundation.

 

 

 

According to Mrs. Ibekwe, statistics show that one in *three* women and one in *six* boys have experienced violations. She emphasised the urgent need to eliminate gender-based violence, calling for advocacy and action from individuals, private sector players, and development organisations to address and find solutions to the pervasive issue.

 

 

 

She added that it is important to escalate discussions on gender-based violence into the living rooms of the citizenry.

 

 

 

The Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Jonny Baxter, in his goodwill message stressed the importance of legislative measures to protect human rights and urged collaboration between the government and the public.

 

 

 

In her goodwill message, Dr. Ama Onyerinma, Founder of Live Abundantly, observed that the provided statistics may not fully capture the reality due to underreporting, adding that there is a need for people to use their voices to amplify awareness about it. She noted that when gender-based violence is not reported there can be no social justice for victims, no better awareness, no protection and no advocacy.

 

 

 

Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi affirmed Lagos State’s intolerance of gender-based violence, citing the establishment of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) as part of its commitment to tackling the issue under its THEMES Agenda.

 

 

 

Goodwill messages were also shared by Dr. Adewale Oyerinde of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association and Pearl Uzokwe of the Malala Fund in Nigeria.

 

 

 

Dr. Oyerinde highlighted the multi-dimensional nature of the issue and outlined efforts by the private sector to ensure the safety and protection of their workforce.

 

 

 

Mrs. Uzokwe commended the multi-sectoral partners gathered. She added that all citizens have a part to play and commended the sustained efforts of the Lagos State Government in prioritizing the elimination of gender-based violence.

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COWLSO Urges Women to Be Conscious Of Digital Dangers, Adopt Homestead Farming

The Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) has called on government at all levels and the private sector to focus more on empowerment initiatives targeted at creating an enabling environment for Nigerian youth to thrive in their chosen fields.

 

 

 

In a communique issued at the end of the three-day National Women’s Conference (NWC) of COWLSO, the Committee recommended that the youth of today should be empowered, motivated and their interests factored into the decision-making process.

 

 

 

The COWLSO NWC is an annual event organized to empower women with thought-provoking discussions, incredible stories, and the opportunity to connect with extraordinary women from all walks of life.

 

 

 

This year’s theme was: “Unleash Your Potential.”

 

 

 

According to the Communique jointly signed by the Chairman of COWLSO and the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. (Mrs.) Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, and the Chairperson of the Conference Planning Committee, Professor Olufunke Adeyeye, COWLSO said: “It is also important to invest in the dreams of the youths as this is the generation of skill, talent, and dreams.”

 

 

 

The Committee cautioned women to be more alert to digital dangers and be equipped with practical knowledge to navigate the online world securely.

 

 

 

The group said in view of hostile and toxic content online, it has become imperative to advise women to carefully choose what they consume on social media.

 

 

 

“It is recommended that we tell good stories about ourselves. Though controversial stories pull more crowds on social media, and you could make more money from stories like that; however, we can put out better stories.  Whoever we are, that’s our story.”

 

 

 

Besides, the Committee urged women to adopt homestead farming to enjoy some of the numerous benefits such as reduction of malnutrition, provision of employment opportunities, and improvement of the economy of the state through the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

 

 

 

Homestead farming, according to COWLSO, also serves as a source of income for the household, just as women were encouraged to make eco-friendly choices that would have a positive multiplier effect on the planet.

 

 

 

“These choices include efficient use of energy, sustainable development, transportation, water conservation, and planting of trees.

 

 

 

“We should eat a proper diet (fruit/vegetables), take enough water (eight glasses per day), do frequent exercises, get enough rest, and do routine medical checkups.

 

 

 

“We should also enroll in a health insurance policy, for example, ILERA EKO. This will help to prevent out-of-pocket expenditure,” the communique read in part.

 

 

 

The Committee also emphasized the need for all stakeholders to renew their commitment to gender equality in education and skill empowerment, especially in supporting, training, attracting, and rewarding women at all levels.

 

 

 

COWLSO is a platform for wives of government officials to complement the efforts of their spouses in fast-tracking development and advancing the interest, welfare, and well-being of the people, especially women and children.

 

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