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Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, 59 Other Women Leaders for African Entrepreneurial Awards

Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, 59 Other Women Leaders for African Entrepreneurial Awards

Wife of Ondo State Governor and Founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, BRECAN, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, and 60 other distinguished African Women will be decorated with African Women Industrialization Awards on Monday.

The event, billed for March 8, in Ikeja, Lagos, will assemble distinguished women executives, female icons and young women.

The Award of Excellence, organized under the auspices of Women Empowerment for Leadership and Longevity Cooperation(WELLCO) is led by Mrs Peace Nnabugwu. It is also supported by the US Consulate, WEMA Bank Plc and Mrs. Tope Ande, Chairperson of OneAfrica, committed to youth development.

The programme is also in commemoration of this year’s International Women’s Day, an annual treatise to promote gender equality and women empowerment. It aligns with the 2021 IWD theme tagged: ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.’

According to Nnabugwu, the maiden edition, which is designed to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary last year will honour 60 Awardees in two categories for established females and Start-up mums.

Nnabugwu said ‘the initiative was established to provide opportunities and services for young women in business and youths.’

She said the initiative, is part of the contributions of her organization towards poverty alleviation and women liberation, as etched in the United Nations(UN) Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

Mrs. Akeredolu, a recipient of many awards had long before feminism began to gain traction in the country, been passionate about the girl child, preaching gender equality and inclusiveness wherever she goes. Little wonder she only had to activate the feminist activist part of her entire fabric when she became the First Lady of Ondo State in 2016 with the establishment of BEMORE, an initiative powered to train the girl child.

Digital Mama as she is fondly called by her legion of fans and admirers has through the BEMORE initiative created opportunities for girls most especially in a country highly patriarchal as Nigeria and in the past three years, over 1000 girls, mostly from indigent backgrounds, have been trained in various aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Solar renewable energy.

Besides BEMORE, Ondo’s First Lady has been at the forefront advocating for more women to hold leadership positions at the highest level of governance. This is part of the focal reason she established Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials and female political appointees, FOWOSO, which mobilizes and prepares women for economic empowerment and leadership positions in every stratum of government.

She said the initiative, is part of the contributions of her organization towards poverty alleviation and women liberation, as etched in the United Nations(UN) Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

‘It is designed to celebrate, acknowledge and show recognition to African women around the world. African women have shown over the years that they can be counted as a driving force in the continent of Africa. The 2021 Edition is designed to showcase this astonishing and impactful woman.’

Other high profile participants expected at the event include the United States(US) Consulate Deputy Political and Economy Chief, Ms. Merrica Heaton, Head of West Africa, BBC, Ms Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye and Ms. Dolapo Kukoyi of Detail Commercial Solicitors.

List of prominent awardees include seasoned entrepreneur, Dr. Abiola Bashorun, Lt. Col. Sola Asenuga, Special Assistant to Akwa Ibom State Governor, MefLyN Anwan and renowned social entrepreneur, Dr. Omanibe B. Ameh.

Others include industry expert, Just Ibe, a formidable digital marketer, Joy Akosa, Affiong Ibanga, a seasoned journalist and Tessy Igamo, a notable banker.

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