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Graça Machel, Toyin Saraki, Dee Poku, Folake Folarin-Coker, Zizi Cardow, Patricia Amira & More Top Female African Influencers at the WIE Conference in Cape Town | Photos & Scoop

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Inaugural African Women's Conference in South Africa - May 2013 - BellaNaija005Leading female CEOs, politicians and business women from across Africa gathered together from Monday 6th May and Tuesday 7th May 2013 at the Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town, South Africa, for the first female African conference as part of a renowned international network.

Tagged WIE (Women, Inspiration and Enterprise), the keynote speech was delivered by Graca Machel, a humanitarian campaigner and wife of Nelson Mandela. The conference was charismatically presented by South African TV host Felicia Suttle.

The conference was packed full of panels and workshops on trending topics including role of technology in media, tackling social perceptions of African women, entrepreneurship and the influx of western brands to the continent. In addition, more than fifty women made pledges to invest in other young women before the next conference.

WIE’s CEO Dee Poku was thrilled with the outcome of the conference. She said “WIE Africa exceeded my wildest expectations. Women leaders across the continent have been working diligently for years to improve the situation of the female population but WIE Africa brought them together. Individually these women were a powerful force but together we are unstoppable. My profound hope is that all the WIE attendees will make good on their pledge to invest in at least five women over the next 12 months.”

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Toyin Saraki, Johanna Mukoki, Felicia Suttle & Dee Poku

Toyin Saraki, Johanna Mukoki, Felicia Suttle & Dee Poku

Toyin Saraki signing the WIE pledge

Toyin Saraki signing the WIE pledge

Patricia Amira

Patricia Amira

Hadeel Ibrahim

Hadeel Ibrahim

Felicia Suttle & Dee Poku

Felicia Suttle & Dee Poku

Rutang Moses & Lindiwe Mazibuko

Rutang Moses & Lindiwe Mazibuko

Graca Machel & Felicia Suttle

Graca Machel & Felicia Suttle

Julie Gichuru & Senator Dr Kittony at the Gala Dinner

Julie Gichuru & Senator Dr Kittony

Dee Poku & Zizi Cardow

Dee Poku & Zizi Cardow

Toyin Saraki

Toyin Saraki

Graca Machel

Graca Machel

Dee Poku

Dee Poku

Robyn Curnow

Robyn Curnow

Africa’s Turn panel – Robyn Curnow, Deputy Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize (for Economic Development), Yvonne Ike, Elsie Kanza and Bola Adesola

Africa’s Turn panel – Robyn Curnow, Hlengiwe Mkhize (Deputy Minister for Economic Development), Yvonne Ike, Elsie Kanza and Bola Adesola

Dawa Loga-Lemberger & Folake Folarin-Coker

Dawa Loga-Lemberger & Folake Folarin-Coker

Robyn Miller, Isis Nyong’o & Rebecca Enonchong

Robyn Miller, Isis Nyong’o & Rebecca Enonchong

Swaady Martin-Leke

Swaady Martin-Leke

Dee Poku, Jane Raphaely, Swaady Martin-Leke, Johanna Mukoki, Rachel Tladi

Dee Poku, Jane Raphaely, Swaady Martin-Leke, Johanna Mukoki & Rachel Tladi

Dee Poku, Jane Raphaely & Swaady Martin-Leke

Dee Poku, Jane Raphaely & Swaady Martin-Leke

Zizi Cardow & Patricia Amira

Zizi Cardow & Patricia Amira

Re-Defining the African Woman panel – Samantha Page, Julie Gichuru, Lindiwe Mazibuko, and Rutang Moses

Re-Defining the African Woman Panel – Samantha Page, Julie Gichuru, Lindiwe Mazibuko & Rutang Moses

 Hadeel Ibrahim receiving the WIE Humanitarian Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Hadeel Ibrahim receiving the WIE Humanitarian Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Patricia Amira receiving the WIE Media Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Patricia Amira receiving the WIE Media Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Juliana Rotich receiving the WIE Generation Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Juliana Rotich receiving the WIE Generation Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Rebecca Enonchong receiving the WIE 60 Power Influencer Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Rebecca Enonchong receiving the WIE 60 Power Influencer Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Julie Gichuru receiving the WIE 60 Power Influencer Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Julie Gichuru receiving the WIE 60 Power Influencer Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

 Isis Nyong’o receiving the WIE 60 Power Influencer Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Isis Nyong’o receiving the WIE 60 Power Influencer Award from Dame Nicola Brewer

Dee Poku presenting Folake Folarin-Coker with the WIE Enterprise Award.

Dee Poku presenting Folake Folarin-Coker with the WIE Enterprise Award

South African author Jane Raphaely, spoke on a panel about driving growth in Africa and said of the symposium, “There was a great line up, the panel discussions were well prepared and the moderators were excellent.”

CEO Diamond company Safdico Rutang Moses spoke on a panel called “Redefining the African Woman”. Next generation trailblazers including serial entrepreneur Ndidi Nwuneli (Founder LEAP Africa) and Isis Nyongo (Managing Director of InMobi) which is the world’s largest independent mobile advertising network, also spoke on panels. Both are named on the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa list by Forbes.

Toyin Saraki (Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa/Supporter of the UN Secrerary General’s Every Woman Every Child Effort) was the philanthropist behind the inaugural WIE Africa. WIE and Toyin Saraki hosted a fundraising dinner on the Monday evening, to benefit the Graca Machel Trust which was founded in 2010 to promote women’s leadership and children’s rights.

WIE Africa was timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum Africa and showcased women taking a central role in shaping the Africa of tomorrow. The pan-African event will occur in a different African city annually.

Log on to the official website www.WIENetwork.org

13 Comments

  1. toluh

    May 25, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Toyin Saraki is one beautiful woman. OMG! her skin is flawless

  2. Cynthia

    May 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Inspiring, ,love seeing African women taking their stands and rights in the global sector empowering African women.kudos.

  3. Hi

    May 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Lovely.

  4. loveth O.

    May 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Felicia Shuttle

  5. Mama

    May 25, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Who and What has Toyin Saraki influenced??
    Zizi and Folake as well… Their clothes are not affordable, what have they done to help their fellow humans???
    I am not inspired by any of the Nigerians there SORRY!!

  6. Lola

    May 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    @mama ,seconded!

  7. Adeola

    May 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I just love Toyin Saraki….May God bless her

  8. Adaeze

    May 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Strong African Women!!

  9. Chikaka

    May 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Gosh, she is Mrs Mandela. If anything, Gracia Machel Mandela!

  10. hilda

    May 25, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Feminism

  11. Nawa OOO

    May 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    African women dont need african men! all they do is bring us down and act like DOGS when they see a white woman. please African women lets take pride in ourselves and stay strong.

    • Teddy Bear

      May 27, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Ummmm…..lol

  12. Toyin Saraki is one very passionate motivated woman, she speaks beautiful queen’s English and she loves her husband, you cant hear her talk withou saying ‘my husband’. I respect such women mytestimonys.blogspot.com/2013/05/bishop-feb-idahosa-testifies_20.html

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