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Zoho Partners with She Code Africa to Empower and Upskill Women Through Specialised Training on Zoho Creator

The upskilling sessions will be provided as part of the ‘Young Creators Program’ (YCP) run by Zoho Creator. As part of the program, Zoho will host 30 female trainers from the SCA Academy and will conduct a three-day in-depth training session about building enterprise-grade applications with low-code technology. The training will take place at the Zoho office in Lagos, Nigeria. The trainers will also receive free access to the Creator platform for one year, along with training material.

 

“At Zoho, we believe in supporting local communities by upskilling and hiring local talent, empowering local businesses with our technology, and promoting responsible and sustainable development. Our growth strategy, known as transnational localism, embodies these values. In continuation of this commitment to support progress at the grassroots, we are partnering with She Code Africa to equip Nigerian students with critical tech skills,” said Kehinde Ogundare, Country Head, Zoho Nigeria.

 

“The ‘Young Creators Program’ aims to bridge the technical skill gap and support talent-building for our youth who will be the next generation of leaders and professionals. We are glad to partner with Zoho to help our trainers learn the latest advancements in low-code technology, and then pass on the knowledge to our other students,” said Maryblessing Okolie, Community Manager.

 

Launched globally in 2022, the Young Creators Program is a training program aimed at equipping future business leaders with advanced digital skills and fostering innovation in technology. The program brings value by providing access to Zoho Creator’s powerful platform to help participants build custom applications in a simple and seamless manner without extensive programming knowledge. Beyond skill development, the program boosts confidence, fosters personal growth, and opens doors to further opportunities in the technology industry. The program has trained more than 2000+ students on Zoho Creator globally, enabling participants to earn program completion certificates and exciting prizes.

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Nigerian First Lady, Banigo, Ned Nwoko, Others to Grace Women in Medicine Conference June 27- 28

Her Excellency Senator Oluremi Tinubu, First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Her Excellency Rev. Mrs Eyoanwan Bassey Otu, Cross River State First Lady, Senator Ned Nwoko and others have confirmed attendance to the Focus Africa/MWAN Women in Medicine, Health and Wellness Conference slated to hold this weekend, June 27 – 28, 2024 in Abuja, Nigeria.

They will lead a host of other top dignitaries who have equally confirmed attendance to the conference aimed at exploring the opportunities offered by collaborations with players within the health ecosystem with the ultimate goal of tapping the opportunities that lie within.

The theme of the conference is: “Strengthening Networks for Prompt Diagnosis and Care,” and will hold at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9am daily.

Keynote address will be delivered by distinguished Senator Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Chairman, Senate Committee on Health.

Organisers of the conference said the event will bring together experts in the health sector from laboratories, research, medicine, NGOs, donor agencies, ministries, and departments.

In a chat with Journalists, Monday morning on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Sucex Bright, President, Focus Africa, stated that a lot of work has gone into this project with delegates expected from many African countries among which are doctors, nurses, pharmacists, Optometrists, physiotherapists, and research.

He promised all registered delegates and guests of an experience they won’t forget in hurry in the two-day event.

“The session will explore the opportunities offered by collaborations in medicine, health, and wellness, emphasizing the pivotal role it plays in shaping the future of healthcare.

“To drive home the conversation, there will be a panel discussion on “Building Stronger Networks for Healthcare Professionals & Updating Knowledge – Learnings from the field”, this interactive panel discussion will bring together professionals from diverse backgrounds- in healthcare. Members of the panel discussion who are experts in their chosen fields will share insights on the importance of networking, collaboration, and building strong connections within the industry.

The panel session will be moderated by Dr Adedolapo Fasewe.

Bright noted that, there will also be discussions around cervical cancer vaccination and the WHO strategy for cervical cancer elimination, which will be the second and third sessions at the conference.

Attendees will gain practical tips on fostering meaningful professional relationships and updating their knowledge.

This second and the third panel will be moderated by Chief Moji Makanjuola and Dr Chizoba Wonodi.

There will be a workshop with Focus on “Advancements in Diagnostics and Care Technologies,” this workshop will delve into the latest advancements in diagnostic technologies and healthcare practices.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore emerging trends, engage with cutting-edge technologies, and discuss the impact of these innovations on prompt diagnosis and patient care.

Notable speakers here include Dr Abayomi Ajayi, Dr. Modupe Elebute-Odunsi & Mrs Joyce Emerenini.

“We will round off the conference with a focus on “Holistic Health and Well-being, A Beautiful You”

This session will focus on holistic health and well-being, emphasizing the importance of selfcare for healthcare professionals. Experts in wellness and mindfulness will share practical tips, techniques, and resources for maintaining a healthy work-life balance, managing stress, and prioritizing mental and physical well-being.
Speakers include: H. E. Alanyingi Sylva, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Garba, Dr Ogugua Osi-Ogbu, Dr Nnebuogo Oyakhire and Society of Lifestyle Medicine National President Dr Moyesore Makinde.

According to Professor Rosemary Ogu, National President Medical Women Association of Nigeria, all of these sessions are designed to offer a diverse and comprehensive program, catering to the interests and professional development needs of attendees at the conference.

The conference will wrap up with the unveiling of the Focus Africa Magazine by the President Focus Africa Series, Amb. Sucex Bright and presentation of Awards to deserving Africans who have contributed so much to medical health development in the continent.

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FirstBank Partners International Women’s Society to Empower Women

First Bank of Nigeria Limited has partnered with the International Women’s Society (IWS) to empower over 250 widows, in commemoration of the 2024 International Widows’ Day.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that beneficiaries at the Lagos event, tagged “IWS Widows Feast and Empowerment Programme”, received various essential tools, equipment and grants. The items distributed were sewing machines, freezers, coolers, hair dryers, cake mixers, industrial cooking gas, generators, and freezers to help the widows establish and sustain their businesses.

Ms Lande Atere, Chief Customer Experience Officer, FirstBank, said that the financial institution had been partnering with IWS for over a decade. According to her, the bank has been empowering women-owned Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with funding and skills acquisition.

“As an organisation that strategically prioritises financial inclusion, we will continue to support IWS in creating entrepreneurial opportunities and promoting self-reliance and vocational skills among women,” Atere stated.

Mrs Adebanke Adeola, Chairperson of the International Women’s Society (IWS) Widows Trust Fund (WTF), appreciated FirstBank for supporting the society in empowering and feasting with the widows. Adeola mentioned that the bank provided Point of Sale (POS) machines to improve the benefiting widows’ access to financial services and income generation opportunities.

Also, some beneficiaries would receive extra working capital through the generosity of the financial institution and other sponsors.

“This partnership, along with generous sponsorships from other companies and individuals, enables us to continue our mission and expand our impact. The programme, organised yearly, aims to help widows achieve financial independence and self-sufficiency,” Adeola said.

Culled from NAN

 

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ASR Africa, BUA Foods Donate Food, Grant to Widows in Lagos

Celebratory cheers filled the air at the International Women Society’s (IWS) Skill Acquisition Centre in Lagos State on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 as Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative for Africa (ASR Africa), donated BUA Foods products as a palliative to widows.

The palliative, comprising IRS Pasta, IRS semolina, and BUA Rice – and N10 million grant were donated by ASR Africa during the 2024 Widows Feast and Empowerment programme organised by the IWS in Lagos State.

While speaking to journalists at the sideline of the event, the widows expressed their heartfelt appreciation to ASR Africa and BUA Foods’ chairman, for the donation of essential food items, hailing the quality of BUA Foods’ products.

They were delighted that the IRS Pasta, IRS semolina, and BUA Rice donated to them would provide vital sustenance and access to nutritious meals for them and other family members.

ASR Africa, supported by BUA Foods, donated food and N10 million grant to bring relief to many widows facing economic hardship in commemoration of the 2024 International Widows’ Day.

“In our role as a company, we believe that our responsibility extends beyond business. It is about making a meaningful impact on the lives of those around us.”

“Our commitment to corporate social responsibility drives us to engage in initiatives like this, where we can make a tangible difference in the lives of those who need it most,” the Managing Director of BUA Foods, Ayodele Abioye, said.

Many widows highlighted the positive impact the donation of BUA Foods products would have on them.

Expressing her gratitude, one of the beneficiaries, Mrs Khadija Rufai, said, “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for ASR Africa for this generous donation of food items to us.

“This donation will alleviate significant pressure on my household, allowing me to focus on my children’s well-being and education.”

Another widow, Mrs Adebimpe Lanre, said, “This donation of BUA Foods’ product by ASR Africa is a lifesaver for many of us. It will make a huge difference in our households, allowing us to focus on other important needs.”

“Since I lost my husband, I’ve had to be resourceful in providing for my family. I know how nutritious and delicious BUA Foods’ products are and I am delighted to be going home with some, especially the IRS spaghetti, today,” a widow who is a resident of Lagos, Mrs Catherine, said.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASR Africa, Dr. Ubon Udoh, said the N10 million grant was part of ASR Africa’s ongoing efforts to invest in social development as one of its primary focus areas.

He mentioned that “the grant is a testament to the commitment of the Chairman of ASR Africa and the BUA Group to improve the livelihoods and welfare of Nigerians”.

He added that “the grant, which will be distributed to widows in partnership with IWS, is aimed at bringing relief to the beneficiaries while ensuring its relevance and sustainability”.

Speaking at the event, the Chairperson of the Widows’ Trust Fund of IWS, Mrs. Adeola Adebanke, also expressed her utmost joy and satisfaction toward the food donation and grant to the organisation by the Chairman of ASR Africa and the BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu.

She prayed that the Chairman would continue to make giant strides and break new boundaries.

 

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How Mouka Partnered Herconomy, 360 Complete Woman to Give Business Grants to Women

For many years, Mouka has steadfastly committed to corporate social responsibility, as evidenced by its five CSR pillars: “Comfort for Children, Health Programs, Skills for Life, Disaster Relief, and Community Support.”

Under the ‘Skills for Life’ pillar, Mouka has consistently invested in scholarship and entrepreneurship programs, demonstrating its long-term dedication to empowering Nigerians to contribute to the nation’s economy.

As far back as 2019, Mouka began partnering with Herconomy (previously called AGS Tribe), Nigeria’s first Fintech company for women, dedicated to empowering female entrepreneurs and professionals through financial services, capacity building, community, and opportunities. Mouka teamed up with Herconomy to present cash grants to deserving women who balance entrepreneurship and motherhood despite numerous challenges and still contribute to sustainable development growth. Coined “Mum in Business,” the first grand prize winner was Maryam Adebola-Salami, founder of Mobaby Care Nigeria, an all-natural skin and hair care solutions company for children, who won based on the consistency and uniqueness of her narrative.

From Left: Alausa Haleemah, Third Prize Winner of N200,000; Blessing Olojo-Olayemi, First Prize Winner of N500,000; and Ogooluwa Abidemi Badmus, Second Prize Winner of N300,000; in Mouka’s Mothers’ Day online engagement; during the presentation of cheques to them recently at Mouka’s head office in Lagos.

In May 2024, Mouka remained committed to supporting women by presenting N1,000,000 grants to three winners of the Mothers’ Day online engagement organized by Herconomy. These grants are aimed at enhancing their businesses. The mums also went home with high-quality Mouka mattresses and pillows for healthy sleep and improved well-being, recognizing the importance of rest in their busy lives.

The three mothers, Mrs. Blessing Olojo-Olayemi, Mrs. Ogooluwa Abidemi Badmus, and Mrs. Alausa Haleemah, were meticulously chosen after a rigorous selection process. They submitted videos showcasing their remarkable ability to balance business with motherhood. This online initiative, a collaboration between Mouka and Herconomy, ensured a fair and transparent selection process, making the winners truly deserving of the grants. Mrs. Blessing Olojo-Olayemi, with the business name ‘Motale Elekogbajumo’ for food processing and packaging, emerged as the first prize winner, receiving N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira), and a hybrid mattress and pillows.

Mrs Ogooluwa Abidemi Badmus, the second prize winner and owner of the ‘Tammypartyplace’ event planning venture, smiled home with N300,000, while the third winner, Mrs. Alausa Haleemah, received N200,000 to enhance her fabric enterprise, with quality mattresses and pillows as complementary gifts.

The cash prizes and products were presented at the company’s head office in Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, 29th May 2024. The winners commend Mouka for its generosity and for making it easy for them to improve their small-scale enterprises.

While receiving her prize, the overall winner, who could not hold her joy, extolled Mouka for its goodwill, saying, “I am deeply grateful to Mouka for awarding me the Mothers’ Day Mum in Business grant. This support will significantly impact my trade. Thank you for empowering and uplifting mothers.”

From Left: Mr. Dimeji Osingunwa, Chief Commercial Officer, Mouka; Okoronkwo Esther Kosacachi, Winner of The 360 Woman Beauty Pageant; Omotola Ade-Onojobi, Founder and Convener, The 360 Woman; and Omotolani Tijani, Brand Manager, Mouka; during the presentation of the Mouka’s Hybrid mattress to the Beauty Pageant at the company’s head office in Lagos recently.

The second winner, who was very excited, avowed, “I am so delighted, I have never won anything like this. I am very grateful to Mouka; this gift came at the right time.” Similarly, the third beneficiary affirmed, “I appreciate Mouka for this amazing opportunity, which would boost my business. I have been using Mouka products since childhood.”

In addition to the Mum in Business initiative, Mouka supported another program targeting women called the 360 Complete Woman beauty contest. The Complete 360 Woman is an online community that supports women in attaining a sense of self-worth and purpose, thereby adding value to women by helping them become the best versions of themselves through self-awareness. This passion has created a platform, “The Complete 360 Woman Conference, for women to learn, enhance, and grow in a 360 capacity in the modern world. Mrs. Okoronkwo Esther Kosacachi emerged as Queen in this 2024 edition. Esther, a mother from Anambra State, also smiled home with a Wellbeing hybrid orthopedic mattress and pillows.

Commenting on the initiatives, Mouka’s Media and Insights Manager, Godwin Anumenechi, stated that the company intentionally supports initiatives targeted at women to bridge the societal gap created by gender bias and discrimination.

“At Mouka, we see women as a key pillar of support in every home and society. We believe in an inclusive society where women are empowered to contribute their quota to the economy in line with the 10th SGD goal of reduced inequalities”. Godwin said.

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Kaduna State Government, Google and Partners Launch First Hausa-Language AI learning Series to Empower Women

A new initiative aimed at empowering women in Northern Nigeria through AI education was launched today. Google, in collaboration with the Kaduna State Government, and Data Science Nigeria, introduced the AI for Beginners Learning Video Series. This series presents Artificial Intelligence concepts in Hausa, making complex technology more accessible and culturally relevant for the region.

In Northern Nigeria, various challenges can impact access to tech education and career opportunities. These include diverse socio-cultural dynamics, infrastructural limitations, and language barriers. The AI for Beginners Learning Video Series, through its engaging animations and culturally relevant imagery, is designed to make complex digital concepts more accessible and relatable, fostering inclusivity and participation in the growing tech sector.

The launch event, held at Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall in Kaduna, was a celebration of technology, education, and the immense potential of Northern Nigeria’s women. His Excellency, Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State, graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor, delivering a keynote address that underscored the government’s commitment to digital transformation and economic growth.

“AI is not just the future; it’s the present,” Governor Uba Sani declared. “By equipping our people, especially our women, with AI skills, we’re not only paving the way for a more prosperous and innovative Northern Nigeria, but also laying the foundation for Kaduna to become a thriving tech hub.”

“We believe that technology can be a powerful force for change and are committed to making learning resources available in local languages to empower more people,” said the Director of Google West Africa during the launch event held at Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Murtala Muhammad Square, Kaduna. He added, “This series marks a new milestone in our ongoing efforts to enhance AI knowledge across Northern Nigeria, fostering a broader understanding and application of AI technologies that drive innovation and create new job opportunities.”

“By making AI education accessible in Hausa, we’re opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurship, and social impact,” added Dr. Bayo Adekanbi, CEO/Founder of Data Science Nigeria. “These women are the future leaders and innovators of Northern Nigeria, and AI is the tool that can amplify their potential.”

The event also featured speeches from representatives of NITDA and the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, who underscored the national significance of the initiative and the government’s support for fostering a vibrant tech ecosystem.

The AI for Beginners Learning Video Series is now available on YouTube via the Data Science Nigeria platform, on the NITDA education portal, and for download. To further aid in accessibility, the series has also been deployed on USB drives for distribution and direct peer-to-peer copy at all primary and secondary schools, including public video content copying centres across Kaduna State.

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Joke Silva, Adebola Williams, Others to Speak at DentsuAgyle 2024 Masterclass in UNILAG

DentsuAgyle Nigeria, a prominent integrated marketing, media buying/investment, entertainment and production agency, has unveiled speakers and panellists for its one-day masterclass for students of the University of Lagos holding on Friday, April 12, 2024.

Organisers of the masterclass noted that the event is curated for young female undergraduates and postgraduate students in mass communication and theatre arts departments, self-starters and entrepreneurs to enlighten and empower them to become the next generation executives in the media and marketing communication industry.

The star-studded masterclass, themed, ‘Women leading change – Empowering the next generation of marketing and creative mavericks’, will be headlined by the iconic Nigerian actress and entrepreneur, Joke Silva and Adebola Williams Marketing Director of Promasidor who are the  keynote speakers.

Also, General Manager, DentsuAgyle Nigeria, Marian Ogaziechi, and Producer and Advertising Executive, Faith Adepoju, will be facilitating masterclass sessions on digital, social media and advertising.

These leading personalities in the media and advertising industry will be discussing current trends in media, content, and monetisation at the symposium holding at the Theatre Hall, Department of Creative Arts, UNILAG and will be hosted by Tomike Adeoye.

Other professionals that will be speaking are Managing Director, TVC Entertainment, Morayo Afolabi-Brown; Actress and Content Creator, AdenibuyanOlubamike; Founder, Africa International Film Festival, Chioma Ude; Country Manager Disney, Ochuko Adebayo; and Industry Manager, Google, Damilola Abodunrin.

Panellists who will be dissecting current trends in media are Country Manager, MTV Base,AkintudeBada; Executive Director, DSTV Media Sales,Doris Ohanugo; Portfolio Manager Premium, Nigerian Breweries,Maria Shadeko; Managing Director, LoatsadPromomedia; and Chief Commercial Officer, News Central TV, Rosemary Egabor.

Ogaziechi explained further that the masterclass would equip UNILAG students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the competitive media and marketing landscape.

“This event will provide UNILAG students with a unique opportunity to gain insights and knowledge from a highly respected figure in the Nigerian entertainment industry,” Ogaziechi said.

“We are incredibly honoured to have Joke Silva as the keynote speaker for our DentsuAgyleMasterclass at UNILAG. Joke Silva, a multi-award-winning actress, producer, and director, will share her vast experience in the creative sector, offering invaluable advice on navigating the ever-evolving world of media and marketing.

“Her illustrious career and dedication to her craft are an inspiration to many, and we are confident that her insights will be immensely valuable to our future generation of marketing and media professionals.”

As part of the programme, 10 participants would be given a few minutes to sell their business ideas using the knowledge gained from the masterclass.

The contest would see the Diamond winner going home with N600,000 cash prize and six months of internship, the Platinum winner would get N400,000 cash prize plus three months of internship, the Gold winner, N500,000 (Tomike Prize); the Silver winner N350,000 and the Bronze winner, N250,000 cash price.

 

To register, visit: https://dentsuagyle.com/registerwlc/

 

 

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$300,000 Up for Grab for Female Agripreneurs in Nigeria as WAYA Awards Calls for Application

In a recent event held to commemorate the International Women’s Day celebrations at the Chida Events Center in Abuja Nigeria, AGRA officially launched the call for applications for the 2024 Women Agripreneurs of the Year Awards (WAYA).

WAYA is a prestigious award scheme that recognizes female agripreneurs demonstrating remarkable Innovation and business excellence in agricultural value chains. The awards not only celebrate their remarkable achievements but also rewards them with grants of up to $300,000.

The event held in honor of trailblazing women who are at the forefront of inclusive agricultural transformation, across the country and continent, brought together women in agribusiness and influential leaders at various policy levels to amplify messaging on the urgency of investing in women to accelerate progress in the agri-food sector.

Since 2021, the awards have been distributed across 3 categories; Young Female Agripreneur (for those under the age of 35 years and have demonstrated innovation and leadership in business), Female Agriculture Tech Innovator (those championing technological advancement in agribusiness) and, Outstanding Value Adding Enterprise  (for female-owned agribusinesses that are increasing the economic value and/or consumer appeal to agricultural products), with the coveted Grand Prize Winner being the overall winner of the competition.

However, beginning 2024, AGRA has introduced regional winners in the Young Female Agripreneurs category, and also added two exciting new categories: Women Empowerment Champion (recognizing female agripreneurs who exhibit a deliberate commitment to creating opportunities for other women to grow their own agribusinesses) and a Resilient & Inspirational Leader (recognizing female agripreneurs from marginalized communities or vulnerable and hard-to-reach areas who, despite facing significant challenges demonstrate unwavering determination, strength, and perseverance to excel in agribusiness). Applications will close on 31 May 2024, with the winning agripreneurs being unveiled during the Africa Food Systems Forum (formerly AGRF) to be held in Kigali Rwanda from 2nd to 6th September 2024.

To be eligible, businesses must operate within an agricultural or agribusiness value chain, be legally registered in an African Union country, and be at least 51% owned and managed by women who are citizens of one of the 55 African countries.

Speaking at the event, AGRA’s Lead for Gender Integration and Acting Director for the Youth, Gender, and Inclusiveness Division, Ms. Winnie Osulah said, “We received over 1,500 applications from women across 38 African countries in 2023. As we open the awards again this year,  we expect to receive at least 500 applications in each category and continue our efforts to honor the unrelentless efforts, creative ideas, and outstanding leadership by women in the agri-food sector”.

WAYA is an initiative of AGRA’s VALUE4HER, a continental program that is aimed at strengthening women’s agribusiness enterprises and enhancing their voice and advocacy across Africa.

The AGRA Gender Consortium in Nigeria, consisting of AGRA, Synergos, UN Women, and the Legal Awareness for Nigeria Women (LANW) also leveraged the Abuja IWD event to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration. They recognized the significance of the occasion in bringing together stakeholders from diverse sectors, including government, civil society, and the private sector, to address gender equality and women’s economic empowerment issues. The consortium has been supporting the Governments of Kaduna and Niger States to domesticate the National Gender Policy in Agriculture.

During the event, participants engaged in interactive workshops, panel discussions, and networking sessions, facilitating meaningful exchanges of experiences, ideas, and best practices. They highlighted the importance of creating an enabling environment for women to fully participate in economic, social, and political spheres and emphasized the need for evidence-based interventions to address gender disparities.

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At Polaris Bank IWD Webinar, Experts Advocate for More Empowerment Initiatives for Women  

…as CEO, Kayode Lawal highlights the indispensable contributions of women to societal progress, economic development

 

Polaris Bank’s International Women’s Day (IWD) webinar themed: ‘Empowering Voices: Women Leading Change,’ offered a dynamic platform for insightful conversations. The 2024 International Women’s Day (IWD) theme “Inspire Inclusion,” recognizes that despite progress made, women face significant obstacles to achieve equal participation in the economy.

Held on March 12, 2024, at the Bank’s Victoria Island, Lagos headquarters, the webinar featured a distinguished panel of experts who discussed various aspects of women’s empowerment and inclusivity. The event witnessed participation from customers and staff alike. The two guest speakers, who focused on inclusion in the workplace and inclusive health, did a phenomenal job.

The two panelists drawn from diverse fields, delved into crucial topics such as; self-esteem, mental wellness, workplace policies, and the importance of inclusive infrastructure. They emphasized the need for collaborative efforts from all segments of society to support women in realizing their aspirations.

Ms. Solape Akinpelu, CEO and co-founder of HerVest, a fintech company, highlighted the significance of inclusivity and called for concerted action to dismantle societal narratives that undermine women’s capabilities.  She stressed that women are not helpless and advocated for proactive measures to counter sub-conscious biases.

On her part, Dr. Ifeyinwa Nwakwesi, CEO of Healthy Living Services Nigeria Ltd., provided valuable health tips for women to balance their professional and family lives; while prioritizing their well-being. Dr. Nwakwesi underscored the pivotal role of women in maintaining family health and urged them to shield themselves from undue pressures.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Polaris Bank’s Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Kayode Lawal emphasized the indispensable contributions of women to societal progress and economic development. He reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace culture that values diversity and empowers women to excel.

Reflecting on the global theme of IWD 2024, “Inspire Inclusion,” Lawal highlighted the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued and respected. He reiterated Polaris Bank’s dedication to providing a conducive work environment for its female workforce, free from biases and discrimination.

In her own contribution, Bukola Oluyadi who has oversight on Sustainability in Polaris Bank, emphasized the importance of connecting with women in the workplace. According to her, when women feel appreciated and encouraged to bring their best to the table, it enhances their sense of value and contribution.

The webinar concluded with a call to action for all stakeholders to prioritize inclusivity and collaborate towards creating equitable opportunities for women in all spheres of life.

Polaris Bank, was adjudged Nigeria’s Digital Bank of the Year in 2023, 2022 and 2021 in Business Day’s Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.

 

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IWD: G-Elias Champions Equality with School Outreach, Hosts Webinar to Foster Collaboration and Inclusion in Workplace

L: R- Senior Associate, G. Elias, Kuburat Abubakar; Knowledge Management Manager, G.Elias, Onome Adeyemo; Chief Operating Officer, G.Elias, Nana Winful-Dare; Partner, G.Elias, Similoluwa Oyelude and Associate, G.Elias, Iyanuoluwa Adeyemi at the annual secondary school outreach that engages and inspires young female minds on equity and inclusion in celebration of the International Women’s Day, recently held in Lagos.

G. Elias, a leading Nigerian business law firm, in honour of the 2024 International Women’s Day (IWD), through its annual #SheBlooms Programme, champions the conversation of the importance of Equity ad Inclusion to the young girls and hosts the second edition of its annual webinar to address inclusion in the workplace.

The event themed “Fostering Equality, Collaboration and Inclusion in the Workplace” gave insights on how organisations can promote a more equitable, collaborative, and inclusive workplace with practical strategies for individuals and organisations striving to create a level playing field for women and empower them to reach their full potential.

Taking the #SheBlooms programme beyond the webinar, G-Elias commenced an annual educational outreach initiative. This year, the organisation visited Jubril Martins Memorial Grammer School-a senior secondary school in Lagos to engage and inspire young minds, regardless of gender, on how they can pursue their chosen career paths and effect positive change in the world. The initiative aims to instil the values of equality, collaboration, and inclusion from a foundational level, fostering a more just and equitable future for generations to come.

The Chief Operating Officer, G.Elias, Nana Winful-Dare, said, “At G.Elias, we are passionate about female professionals in the workplace reaching their full potential. We are also committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion within our organization and across the communities we serve. To inspire and support the women, we commenced the #SheBlooms programme last year to celebrate the International Women’s Day. Through the #SheBlooms programme, we aim to celebrate the achievements of women, empower them to reach their full potential, and pave the way for a more equitable future for all.”

While addressing the women at the #SheBlooms webinar, the Executive Director, Centre for Health Ethics Law and Development, Professor Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, said, “Everybody deserves to sit at the table including the women and to strike a balance. Organisations need to be gender responsive, flexible and integrate other aspects of life into work life.”

The webinar brought together prominent female leaders including Director, Legal and Operations-International, Andela, Shola Osinubi, who charged the organisation leaders to support the women more and have a structural mentorship. She encouraged the women to belong in affinity groups to discuss pain point. Also present was the Founder and Director of Studies, SLB Academy, Olubusola Ajala, alongside other professionals, to engage the female professionals, providing valuable insights and practical approaches for them to navigate their careers and achieve their full potential.

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