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“A Woman Can Do It All & Have It All” BN Reader Amy Ajuonuma shares her 2014 WIE Africa Symposium Experience | Photos & Scoop

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On Saturday 3rd May 2014, a diverse group of remarkable women interested in shaping the future of Africa converged at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos for the 2nd Annual Women, Inspiration and Enterprises (WIE) Network Africa Symposium. The theme of global movement, conference and community for women, WIE 2014, was “Bridging The Gap – The Global Leader“.

BN Reader and PR Entrepreneur Amy Ajuonuma shares her experience at the Event! Read and Check out all the photos as well.

I felt proud to be in the presence of women who had stood the test of time in their various industries, strive for the best and still managed to be excellent wives and mother. I strongly believe that a woman can do it all and have it all, once she puts her mind to it. That’s what makes us women. It’s in our DNA.”

It was a pleasure to listen and learn from women who had achieved so much. A favorite of mine was the spotlight session with Folorunso Alakija. She spoke about what she had learnt over the years, her struggles, accomplishment and on the importance of hearing the voice of God. Her success story didn’t happen overnight, it happened through hard work, persistent and perseverance.”

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Reni Folawiyo & Tokini Peterside

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Eryca Freemantle & Ishmael Abayomi Omolade

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The event was hosted by Dee Poku (Founder, WIE Network) alongside Toyin Saraki (Philanthropist and Founder of Wellbeing Foundation Africa), Folake Folarin Coker (Creative Director, Tiffany Amber), Julie Gichuru (Media Personality)  and Mo Abudu (CEO, EbonyLife TV).

The event had great panels with great speakers discussing topics like “The Global Leader” to “The Retail Ready: Developing African Fashion Labels into Viable Businesses”.

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Julie Gichuru & Folorunso Alakija

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Amaka Osakwe

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Jennifer Obayuwana

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Jasmine Tukur

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Desiree Rogers & Reni Folawiyo

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Desiree Rogers, Reni Folawiyo, Paula Butagira & Betty Irabor

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Omoyemi Akerele

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Tokini Peterside & Ebi Atawodi

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Nkiru Anumudu

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Another empowering panel was lead by Toyin Saraki of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa on “Investing in Girls”. This talked about the importance of educating the girl child and the impact this will have on the world. “Educating the girl child means educating the world. The Girl Effect was also discuss and attendees were ask to show their support and sign the Girl declaration which states that education for girls is a fundamental human right, let their voices be heard so they can live their dreams and much more.”

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Toyin Saraki

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Mo Abudu, Young Women from ‘GIRL EFFECTS’ Nike Foundation, Olukemi Williamsm & Toyin Saraki

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Mo Abudu

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Bola Adesola, Myma Bello Osagie & Folake Coker

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Folake Folarin-Coker

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Myma Bello-Osagie

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Bola Adesola

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Biola Alabi

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Ololade Fadoju

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Sandra Amadio

 

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Oluchi Orlandi

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Desiree Rogers, Oluchi Orlandi & Brigitte Sesu Tilley-Gyado

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Mo Abudu & Eryca Freemantle

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Veronica Ebie Odeka & Valerie Obaze

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Gbenro Ajibade

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Moky Makura

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Ngozi Edozien

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Moky Makura, Ngozi Edozien, Juliana Esezobor & Hadeel Ibrahim

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Ruth Osime

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Ugonna Omeruo

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Betty Irabo

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Biola Alabi, Ruth Osime & Mo Abudu

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Betty Irabor, Biola Alabi, Ruth Osime, Mo Abudu & Zandile Blay

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Eunice Omole

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Time to eat!

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Amy added, “The WIE symposium is one event that I believe every woman from all works of life should attend and be a part of. I left the event with a great sense of determination and a drive to make my mark on the world. I am still embracing the memorable moments and look forward to working with WIE network next year. Thanks WIE network for your invaluable impact on women. I had such a great experience attend the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise. Be Inspired.

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Omu Obilor & Theresa Onwuka

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Fife Aiyesimoju, Zainab Balogun, Mpho Liang & Ezinne Chinkata

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Ituen Basi

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Bola Balogun & Mo Abudu

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The full day event which ended with an elaborate dinner featured speakers such as Bola Adesola, Biola Alabi, Winihin Ayuli-Jemide, Adeola Azeez, Myma Belo-Osagie, Tai Beauchamp, Juliana Esezobor, Uzodinma Iweala, Kandia Johnson, Moky Makura, Lola Ogunnaike, Betty Irabor, Ruth Osime, Omoyemi Akerele, Reni Folawiyo, Julie Gichuru, Eryca Freemantle, Oluchi Orlandi, Maki Osakwe and more!

Red Carpet Shots

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The event security was provided by Spartan Securities.

The event was proudly sponsored by The Girl Effect, Veuve Clicquot, Standard Chartered, Temple Muse, Etisalat, Ventures Africa, Honeywell Flour Mills PLC, Spice TV, Polo Avenue, Connect Nigeria, Rockpools, Winihin Jemide Series and more.

Photo Credit: Atunbi Photography

13 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Lovely but atlist they should shift it to other part of nigeria like to borno or jos, i think is a great idea….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • Non-Anon

      May 29, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Not to be a basher but it is only a Naija man that will make such a silly comment. You see people trying to move forward and you come on here to make such a senseless joke. Am I being overly sensitive? Maybe but it is because this man here has made a joke of such a wonderful event that was put together by women.

  2. Rangi

    May 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Such an inspiration event please i wish this to be in my land Tanzania in some other time .I have watched this from the CITIZEN Television of kenya.Congratulations to all

  3. slice

    May 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    those black knees

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  5. Anon

    May 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Oh yes, those black knees. That money can afford a bespoke cream to sort it out. Do it now.

    Nkiru Anumudu looks nice. Look at how Mo Abudu was trying to clap her hands. Let me not digress!

    The bosses; Bola Balogun and Mrs. Saraki. Still on BB, I want that gap in between my thighs so badly. LOL!

  6. mally

    May 29, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    yea, those black kness lol , but i truely appreciate these women of substance

  7. mally

    May 29, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    yea, those kness really black, i must say , black people always wanna be like white in everything be it in colour, but i must say , these r really women of substance

  8. Pretty

    May 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Nice event. I enjoyed Ruth Osime,Betty, and Mo’s session. Learnt a lot from Mrs Adesola and Osagie, Mrs Alakija had no story to tell, just talking like as if she was preaching a sermon. Oluchi get serious complex issues. The others na grammar dem dey speak.

    • Anon

      May 30, 2014 at 11:26 am

      Complex issues re-Oluchi? Please explain. Thanks.

    • Ada Nnewi

      May 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Oluchi was amazing at the event.. She was very honest and direct…

  9. Ebony

    June 16, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I love Eryca Freemantle she’s an inspiration wherever she goes. I just read this article where she discusses her sense of ethnicity and nationality fightingfifty.co.uk/beauty/meet-eryca-freemantle

  10. OCTOMED

    October 7, 2014 at 9:29 am

    cool one especially the lady in last skin

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