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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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Mother’s Day: Verve Card Distributes Free Food Items to Customers

Verve, Africa’s leading payment card and digital token brand, recently celebrated women by rewarding Verve card holders with free bags of rice and vegetable oil. The event, held in Lagos, Nigeria, provided a wonderful opportunity for the brand to express appreciation to women and Verve cardholders.

In line with this year’s International Women’s Day celebration, the event embraced the theme – “Inspire Inclusion,” – emphasizing the importance of motivating others to understand, value, and prioritize the inclusion of women in all aspects of life. Attendees enjoyed exciting activities like a dance competition and tic-tac-toe game, adding to the festive atmosphere of the event. Among the lucky cardholders selected as winners of the free bags of rice and vegetable oil were Chike Precious, Shittu Abosede, Rita Showunmi, and Uzodimma Richard.

Cherry Eromosele, Executive Vice President, Group Marketing, and Corporate Communications, Interswitch Group, expressed her passion for the initiative, stating that at Verve, they believe in empowering and celebrating women every day.” In recognition of the prevailing economic challenges in Nigeria, including inflation and supply chain disruptions, Verve has taken a proactive step to address the needs of its community.”

“Acknowledging the pivotal role that women play as primary caregivers and providers in their households, particularly during these trying times, Verve has chosen to offer tangible support. With women often bearing the responsibility of ensuring food security for their families, the gesture of providing essential items like bags of rice and vegetable oil serves as a meaningful form of assistance. Furthermore, by aligning this initiative with a month dedicated to honoring women, Verve aims to not only alleviate immediate burdens but also to celebrate the resilience, strength, and invaluable contributions of women across Nigeria”, Eromosele added.

The event allowed Verve to express its appreciation to the incredible women and Verve cardholders who contribute to society. It also served as a reminder of Verve’s commitment to enriching the lives of its loyal cardholders. The gesture of providing free bags of rice and vegetable oil was a way of saying thank you and recognizing the significant contributions of women to society.

In addition to providing safe and secure payment solutions, Verve remains dedicated to enabling cardholders to live the good life. By celebrating Mother’s Day in such a meaningful way, the brand reaffirmed its position as a leading brand that values and supports women.

Mother’s Day, observed worldwide, is a day to celebrate the achievements of women and emphasize the importance of gender balance and inclusion. Verve proudly stood with women and honored them on this special day, reinforcing their commitment to gender equality.

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SUNU Health Nigeria Empowers More Women in its Workforce

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2024, SUNU Health Nigeria has reaffirmed its commitment to accelerating progress in the healthcare industry with the strength of its exceptional women leaders and workforce.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that SUNU Health Nigeria is a prominent health maintenance organization (HMO) and a member of the SUNU Group.

The 2024 International Women’s Day theme, “Inspire Inclusion,” calls upon all to take concrete action by empowering women in Nigeria, Africa, and across the globe with the necessary opportunities to unlock their full potential and drive significant progress in various fields.

Amidst a celebratory atmosphere at the company’s headquarters in Lagos, the festivities were broadcast live across its branches, spanning various geopolitical zones in Nigeria.

The event offered a multifaceted experience, featuring speeches and engaging activities to captivate participants.

Dr. Patrick Korie, Managing Director of SUNU Health Nigeria, expressed his excitement about commemorating the annual occasion, highlighting the company’s steadfast commitment to promoting inclusivity—an enduring practice.

“We take pride in our diverse workforce, particularly the significant presence of women who play pivotal roles in shaping the healthcare landscape, delivering outstanding care, and propelling innovation forward.

“On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate their achievements and invaluable contributions,’’ he remarked.

Dr. Amarachi Alilionu, Managing Director of Sparkling Eye, a guest and partner at the event, shared her inspiring life journey, emphasising the importance of resilience and continuous learning to stay relevant throughout life.

She encouraged the women present to cultivate this same perseverance. “Don’t see your gender as a limitation. Instead, use it as a source of strength to become the best version of yourself,” she emphasised.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Faith Nwachi, Chief Operating Officer, SUNU Health Nigeria, highlighted the company’s recognition of women’s critical role in healthcare.

“From doctors and nurses to administrators and researchers, their contributions are invaluable as they foster an inclusive environment that empowers women to thrive and reach their full potential.

“SUNU Health Nigeria’s investment in its female workforce has been instrumental in my career growth.

“The company offers a variety of programs and initiatives that empower women to advance their careers by equipping them with the necessary skills and resources to succeed,” she said.

Nwachi also buttressed the importance of women being prepared for the opportunities available in the healthcare sector, as while there are numerous possibilities, only those with the necessary qualifications would be able to seize them.

NAN also reports that SUNU Health Nigeria, accredited by the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), offers a comprehensive healthcare experience.

With over 25 years of experience, 1,600+ healthcare providers, and over 150,000 satisfied clients, SUNU Health Nigeria is committed to delivering quality care, and its commitment extends beyond the workforce as it actively promotes women’s leadership in the healthcare sector. 

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Moniepoint Commemorates IWD, Calls for Application into 4th Edition of Women in Tech

The role of women and their centrality to the growth and evolution of technology has been widely acknowledged. Yet, recent statistics show that women remain underrepresented in the technology industry.

The last census results by the National Population Commission show that there are almost as many women as there are men in Nigeria, however data from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on women and men in the country reveal that women occupy just 25% of the employment rate in the technology industry even as 22% of annual STEM graduates from Nigerian universities are women. Although a global challenge, these gaps have underscored the need to increase female representation in the tech industry in Nigeria.

As the world marks the 2024 International Women’s Day, IWD and against the backdrop of the successful execution of its three previous editions, leading digital financial services provider for emerging markets and the second-fastest growing company in Africa, Moniepoint Inc has announced the launch of this year’s edition of the Women-In-Tech initiative. This year’s IWD campaign theme of #InspireInclusion calls for action to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected.

Given that previous editions had 5 women in each cohort, this year the 6-month internship programme which is aimed at ensuring that young women have access to building a career in technology will see 10 women take on roles in various teams that include Cloud Engineering, Backend Engineering, Technical Product Management, Data Engineering, Systems Administration, Technical Support and User Experience. Christened as the Dream 10, these women will be provided with direct mentorship during the internship. Other perks include; a salary, work tools, merch, the opportunity to work on live projects during the course of the internship and an offer of full-time employment depending on assessment post-internship.

The goal of the Women in Tech initiative has always been to provide women with the opportunity to grow their skills by gaining the necessary experience to advance their careers. As such, selected applicants get to spend time working on real projects to help shape digital finance in Africa. Alumni from the programme have become active contributors to the development of their products making a huge difference in the world while making significant strides within the tech ecosystem.

Speaking on this year’s edition, Chinaza Nduka-Dike, Head, People Operations at Moniepoint Inc noted that with this initiative the organization is going over and beyond inspiring inclusion to demonstrating a genuine commitment to making a difference in the lives of women.

“Increasingly we are seeing that diversity, inclusion can ignite innovation and growth. Intentional outreaches such as our Women in Tech which have helped to increase female representation and have had a transformative power to create meaningful inclusion while ensuring that we can keep pace with the talent development in a global economy. We have been able to fill talent gaps while giving women great jobs and a sustainable livelihood. Looking back at the past editions, we are filled with an immense sense of pride at the progress made and looking forward to adding more women to the pool who in turn can grow as leaders and build thriving, successful organizations”, she said.

Tefe Oladejo, a frontend engineer and member of the pioneer cohort of the Moniepoint Women in Tech expressed her delight at the increased number of internship roles available for the 2024 programme.

“I am a living witness to the transformative power of bold action initiatives like this. It’s been a privilege to work on products that you can see making a visible difference in the lives of millions. Moniepoint’s supportive ecosystem has been very pivotal to my growth and personal development,” she said.

Since 2019, Moniepoint’s technology has powered the dreams of over 2 million businesses and individuals, offering personal and business banking, payment, credit and business management tools to help them succeed.

The internship is open to women across Africa who are interested in starting a career in technology. Interested applicants can find out more about available roles and apply for the programme via the Women in Tech website, https://womenintech.moniepoint.com

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ALX Empowers Female Entrepreneurs for International Women’s Day

As the world prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day, ALX Nigeria, a leading tech career accelerator, hosted a special engagement to honour and celebrate its female learners and entrepreneurs.

The event served as a platform for female entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas and vie for the chance to win a business grant provided by telecoms giant, 9mobile. Additionally, ALX announced the relaunch of its Tech Startup academy, ALX Ventures which includes a Founder’s Academy, an accelerator, and a fund.

The celebration, which was held on March 2nd at the ALX Costain hub, Lagos, brought together a diverse group of aspiring female entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and supporters of women in tech. Attendees were treated to a series of inspiring pitches from female entrepreneurs, each highlighting their innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.

One of the highlights of the event was the announcement of the business grant winners. Chisom Ukachukwu, ALX Salesforce Learner and winner of the ALX & 9mobile Pitch Your Business competition took home the grand prize of five hundred thousand Naira, Adediran Irebamiji, from ALX Founders Academy won three hundred thousand naira as the 1st runner up, while Winifred Nnamdi, ALX Data Science Learner, won a hundred thousand naira, as 2nd runner-up.

Thanks to the collaboration between ALX and 9mobile, several other deserving female entrepreneurs received funding to further develop and scale their ventures, empowering them to make a lasting impact in their communities and beyond.

In addition to recognising the achievements of female entrepreneurs, the event also marked the relaunch of ALX Ventures, the tech startup academy arm of ALX. This initiative aims to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, resources, and support to turn their tech-based ideas into successful businesses.

Speaking about the event, Ruby Igwe, Country General Manager of ALX, emphasized the importance of supporting women in tech and fostering a culture of collaboration and empowerment.

“At ALX, we believe in the power of female entrepreneurship to drive innovation and change. Events like these not only celebrate the successes of women in tech but also serve as a reminder of the importance of supporting one another on our journey toward success. We are thrilled to see the incredible talent and potential showcased today and look forward to continuing to empower and uplift women in the tech industry,” Igwe emphasized.

As the world commemorates International Women’s Day, ALX remains committed to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech ecosystem, paving the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future for all.
To be a part of the inspiring ALX community, visit alxafrica.ng.

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Y’ellopreneur: 150 Women to Receive N450 Million Equipment Grant

MTN Foundation’s Y’elloprenuer initiative kicks off in its second phase in style with a media parley at the MTN Plaza, Falomo on the 5th of March, 2023. The second phase of this initiative aims to train 1,000 women entrepreneurs across the country with equipment loan extended to 150.

 

The outstanding 150 female entrepreneurs with great business ideas will be supported with an equipment loan of up to 3 million Naira each at a fixed interest rate of 2.5% and a 36-month repayment duration.

 

In 2023, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported that 40% of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria are owned by women. This finding represents a substantial advancement towards greater gender parity in the entrepreneurial sector. This is evidence that the efforts from initiatives like MTN’s Y’ellopreneur are yielding positive results.

 

Speaking at the event, the Executive Director, MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya, stated, “While we are encouraged that more women are taking on entrepreneurship in the country, there is more to do as women are still largely disadvantaged in capital and business skills. Through the Y’ellopreneur programme, we can empower this critical demography in the country while supporting the government’s effort towards economic revitalisation.”

 

The Y’ellopreneur initiative is in partnership with Zenith bank. The initiative is part of the MTN Foundation’s efforts to improve women’s empowerment and assist in the reduction of female unemployment in Nigeria. This initiative also aims to transform small businesses for women across the country

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WINBAFRICA @ 10: Experts Call for Renewed Commitment to Women’s Empowerment for Nation-Building

African countries have been urged to renew their commitment to women’s empowerment as a crucial step towards nation-building.

This call was made by a former Rector of the Yaba College of Technology, Engineer Obafemi Omokungbe, in his keynote address during the 10th anniversary of the African Women Foundation for Nation Building (WINBAFRICA) held at the Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Omokungbe, who is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, aligned his advocacy with the broader initiative by WINBAFRICA for women’s empowerment in Africa, which aims to improve access to education, healthcare, economic opportunities, and political participation for women. He emphasized that this multifaceted effort aims to eliminate gender inequality, uphold women’s rights, and create an environment where women can thrive socially, economically, and politically.

WINBAFRICA is a non-profit organization that implements various projects and interventions including Education First Series, Project Sapphire, Orphanage Challenge, Project Back-to-School, WINBAFRICA Monthly Round Table, WINBAFRICA Food Bank, and Monthly Newsletter production.

According to Omokungbe, the journey toward women’s empowerment in Africa involves a comprehensive approach that spans various sectors, including education, healthcare, economy, and politics. By investing in women’s empowerment, the scholar believes, African countries can cultivate a more equitable society where women can achieve their full potential and contribute to the growth and development of their nations.

He said: “These renewed commitments would require collaboration and partnership among governments, Civil Society, the Private sector and International Organizations. They include the implementation of programmes and initiatives to promote women’s entrepreneurship, access to credit, land ownership, and participation in the formal economy including targeted support for women in agriculture and small businesses. Commitment to increasing women’s representation in political leadership and decision-making positions through measures such as quotas, training programmes, and support for women’s political participation at all levels of government and comprehensive strategies to prevent and address gender-based violence including legal reforms, support services for survivors and campaigns to change social norms and attitudes that perpetuate violence against women.”

L-R: Dr Bukola Bello Jaiyesimi (founder WINBAFRICA), Osademe Victoria, pupil of Bomak International School, Surulere (Best speaker WINBAFRICA School debates 2024), Ummi Bodede (Chairperson Debate panel of Judges) during the 10th anniversary of the African Women Foundation for Nation Building (WINBAFRICA) held at the Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos

President, WINBAFRICA, Dr Bukola Bello-Jaiyesimi, said the event with the theme, Bridging the Gap: Celebrating a decade of Nation Building” was designed to celebrate the legacy and advancement of women’s course.

“Nation-building is an ongoing effort carried out by women of every generation. As we reflect on our accomplishments over the past decade, we remain committed to empowering future generations in all sectors of the economy. We provide tuition, teaching equipment, and other resources to young girls and boys to show them that we care about their education and that they are the ones who will continue this effort. Our ultimate goal is to promote unity and peace and to inspire hope for a better future,” she submitted.

A school debate competition between Steady Steps School in Lekki and Bomak International Schools in Surulere, Lagos highlighted the commemorative event. The two schools had made it to the final stage of the competition. Victoria Osademe of Bomak International Schools, Surulere, Lagos emerged as the best speaker of the day while Steady Steps School, Lekki won the WINBAFRICA Young Nation Builders’ Trophy (WYNBT).

During the WINBAFRICA Business Roundtable, senior secondary students of Bomak International College in Surulere, Lagos discussed Environmental Responsibility. Additionally, 20 young girls and boys were beneficiaries of the WINBAFRICA scholarship program at the event.

Other dignitaries that graced the occasion included Dr Kemi Akiyode Adebayo (BOT, WINBAFRICA), Toyin Joe Bassey (Secretary General, WINBAFRICA), Dr Oluseun Popoola (Panelist Chairperson) among others.

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