Ezekwesili, UNWomen To Speak At AWIEF

Yemisi Izuora
Obiageli Ezekwesili
Lagos is set witness the first conference of its kind on African soil, that will assemble some of the most successful female entrepreneurs and business leaders from diverse African countries and beyond, under one roof on a fundamental agenda.

The event is Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) holding at Lagos Oriental Hotel on 8th and 9th September 2015.

AWIEF will also feature two Pre-Conference business capacity building workshops on 7th September.

AWIEF will assemble female enterprise and industry leaders from Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Togo, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and many other African countries, with a great number coming from the African Diaspora.

The event which is easily the biggest gathering of Africa’s top female entrepreneurs and industrial giants, has the primary aim of generating innovative ideas and systemic changes in the African business environment, in order to reduce the disadvantages faced by women within the African business turf.

AWIEF 2015 is produced and hosted by ICO Conferences & Events Ltd, in partnership with International Women’s Society (IWS) Lagos, LEAP Africa and Business School Netherlands (BSN).

According to Irene Ochem, AWIEF Founder and Managing Director of ICO Conferences & Events Ltd, “it is now widely accepted that investing in women has an extensive impact on the building of strong and thriving societies. AWIEF will address women’s critical role in economic leadership and development and discuss opportunities to unleash their full potential to unlock Africa’s sustainable growth”.

Going further, Ochem explains that AWIEF will among other things highlight how educational tools, financial resources and micro and small enterprise opportunities can be expanded to support women’s inclusion and full economic participation and entrepreneurship.

Among the more than 30 astute female game changers who will be speaking at the event are, OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI
Former VP Africa Region, World Bank & Senior Economic Advisor Open Society Foundation, ADJARATOU FATOU NDIAYE
UNWomen Deputy Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, ONARI DUKE Director, Empretec Nigeria Foundation (UNCTAD) andNDIDI NWUNELI Founder/Director, LEAP Africa & Partner, Sahel Capital, Nigeria

Others are, LUCIA QUACHEY
President, Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (GAWE) & Secretary General, African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs, DIVINE NDHLUKULA, Founder/Managing Director, SECURICO Security Services, Zimbabwe, AUDREY JOE-EZIGBO Co-Founder/Executive Director, Falcon Corporation Ltd & FalconGaz Ltd and SABETHA  MWANBENJA
Managing Director, Covenant Bank for Women Tanzania Ltd, Tanzania

The rest include, ONYINYE IKENNA-EMEKA General Manager, Enterprise Marketing, MTN Business Nigeria, WINIFRED AKPANI Managing Director/CEO NorthWest Petroleum & Gas Co. Ltd, SHIMITE BELLO
President, Quintessential Business Women Association, CANDIDE BAMEZON-LEGUEDE President, ECOWAS Federation of Business Women and Entrepreneurs (ECOWAS-FEBWE), DOLAPO KUKOYI
Partner, Detail Commercial Solicitors,NJIDEKA HARRY
Founder/President, Youth for Technology Foundation, FATOUMATA BA
Managing Director, Jumia Nigeria & Founder, Jumia Ivory Coast, NIKE OGUNLANA Managing Partner, Dalmeida Ogunlana & Co., ANITA ERSKINE TV Presenter/Radio Host & Founder Brand Woman Africa, Ghana, ZAINAB SALEH
President, International Women’s Society (IWS) Lagos, OLUREMI ARIBISALA Chairperson, African Women Leaders Think Tank (AWLTT), NATHALIE CHINJE
Founder/MD, Upbeat Marketing (Pty) Ltd, South Africa.

Speaking at her Lagos office, Mrs Irene Ochem noted that “the time has come for a paradigm shift; Africa must not continue suffering as a continent by disadvantaging women who constitute 50% of its core producers and entrepreneurs.

The time has come for women to take the gauntlet and change the situation for better”

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