Ezekwesili, others meet on women’s role in economic devt


Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili

FORMER Vice President (VP), Africa Region, World Bank, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili; United Nations (UN) Women Deputy Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Adjaratou Fatou Ndiaye and 38 other top African entrepreneurs and industry leaders, will gather in Lagos for Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), from September 8 to 9.

The event would assemble successful entrepreneurs and business leaders from diverse African countries and beyond, for a discourse on the role of women in Africa’s growth and development.

In a statement yesterday, AWIEF Founder and Managing Director of ICO Conferences and Events Limited, Irene Ochem, said, “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.”

Ochem stated that AWIEF would, among other things, highlight how educational tools, financial resources and micro and small enterprise opportunities could be expanded to support women’s inclusion and full economic participation and entrepreneurship. “The time has come for a paradigm shift; Africa must not continue suffering as a continent by disadvantaging women who constitute 50 percent of its core producers and entrepreneurs. The time has come for women to take the gauntlet and change the situation for better,” she added.

Other guest speakers include Director, Empretec Nigeria Foundation (UNCTAD) Onari Duke; Founder and Director, LEAP Africa and Partner, Sahel Capital, Nigeria, Ndidi Nwuneli and President, Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs (GAWE) and Secretary General, African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs, Lucia Quachey, among others.

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