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Founder Creative June 2016 68Hello BNers,

I will like to share a really positive recent experience.
I’ll keep this short and sweet. I was tempted not to share photos as that was not really the purpose of the event but I believe that if 1 person can take something good from this or learn from the points raised, that will be so awesome.

Have you ever felt Lonely?
I don’t mean lonely in the bae sense, I mean professionally lonely…let me explain.

As a young-ish entrepreneur, especially when you attain a certain level of success, suddenly it may seem as though you are supposed to have all the answers.
People come to you for advice, you get invited to speak on panels or even to give speeches.

While that is all well and good, for me, entrepreneurship is a journey. One day things are good and you truly feel “on top of the world”, on other days, it may seem as though you have hit a roadblock and you are in dire need of a breakthrough. Even a simple problem can be magnified because “no one seems to have the answer”. Older mentors may have forgotten how they passed through that stage while friends and family may not fully grasp the issue. When experiencing this as an entrepreneur, who do you turn to?

I’ve gone through all of the above and came to the realization that one of the greatest resources we have as entrepreneurs is our peers! Building really business relationships, beyond the surface level, based on sharing and learning. That is one of the key reasons why it was important for Founder Creative to happen.

Why aren’t more women-owned ventures transitioning from Good Startups to Great Multinationals?
There is this question that lingers in the back of our minds, “how do I go from being good to doing something GREAT”. The transition of building a thriving business to becoming a world-class brand. I’ve asked myself this question so many times.

Many programmes are targeted at Startup entrepreneurs and then others are targeted at moguls. What about that sweet spot in-between?
That’s where the idea for the Founder Creative was born.

Founder Creative is built on a simple idea.
~ To provide an opportunity for innovative successful young entrepreneurs to connect, share, ideate, learn, collaboration and grow.

Founder Creative June 2016 42On Saturday 4th June 2016, a small group of entrepreneurs came together, many were meeting for the first time while others knew each other casually or professionally.

Agriculture, healthcare, fashion and technology are just some of the diverse list of industries where the invited founders have made their mark.

Scroll down to see the list of amazing guests. Thanks to each and every woman for sharing her story.

The theme was focused on storytelling – Sharing candid and practical stories about our entrepreneurial journeys.

It was truly powerful and at times, even emotional!

We started out by getting to know each other, and then we dived into sharing our stories, asking questions and finally a Q & A with a very special guest.

Key Learnings included;
The power of Fearlessness in Business
We listened to remarkable stories about “impossible” situations which became possible simply by taking a chance and asking. From there, negotiation, planning and strategy took over but we all know that sometimes we are scared to hear – “NO”. Give it a try, be bold, be fearless.

Learning from Failure and not Giving Up
It’s funny how you hear about a certain successful business person and believe their journey has been “perfect”. We shared lessons on failures and how to get up and try again in the face of devastating situations.

I’ll share a direct quote from one of the founders – “Failure, or a perception of, does not in anyway mean the end of your story. It’s how you deal with that set back that determines your outcome.”

The role of Faith
Faith definitely plays a part in entrepreneurship. Based on the stories shared by founders at the event, it plays a role in pulling yourself back up after failure, it plays a role in setting values and standards and so much more.

Corporate Governance and Structure
This is non-negotiable, if you want to build an institution, the structure and corporate governance is key. Remember to register your trademark, if you haven’t done this, do it as soon as possible!

Continuous Learning
Whether you are just starting or you are a veteran entrepreneur. You have to keep learning both formally and informally.

The Personal Connection
Whether anyone likes to admit it or not, our personal lives play a pivotal role in our entrepreneurial success. The question of “how do you balance personal life with business” may seem straight forward but it really isn’t. In the end, we got a mix of views, it is a case of trying your best and doing what works best for you as there is no secret formula.

Founder Creative June 2016 75Our very special guest was Ndidi Nwuneli, who is the founder of LEAP Africa, one of Nigeria’s leading non-profit organizations and the co-founder of AACE Food Processing & Distribution, an indigenous aggro-processing company and a partner at Sahel Capital, an advisory and private equity firm, focused on the agribusiness sector in West Africa. She also serves as the director of the African Philanthropy Forum. She has 20 years of experience in international and entrepreneurship development.

We asked Ndidi some tough questions and she answered gracefully.

She touched upon the non-negotiable need for business structure and emphasized the need for a board no matter the size and stage of your business. For many of the founders at the event, this was a major takeaway.

I’ll love to hear your thoughts and if you have any knowledge to share, you are welcome to leave a comment.

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Everyone who attended is beyond amazing, with lots of awards, outstanding educational qualifications, business excellence, charity involvement and so much more. Here is a super summarized version which gives you a brief overview of their business ventures.

Nkemdilim Begho
Managing Director of FutureSoft (Future Software Resources Nigeria).

She is also the co-founder of The Bake for Change Development Foundation, an NGO focused on empowering street children through skill acquisition, vocational training and educational scholarships.

She is also a director and founder in 3 thriving startUps, Anne Li Unique Gift Ideas, Compare Insurance Nigeria and Fucaire Lifestyle Ltd, publishers of ASPIRE Luxury Magazine.

Christine Ogbeh
Founded Quorum in 2007 with core focus on creating an experiential link between brands and their consumers. She is also the Founder of QBOX, the largest costume party company in Nigeria with hundreds of costumes available for sale or rental purposes and the Wedding Guru offers services ranging from decorating to designing invitation cards for the ever expanding Nigerian wedding industry.

Most recently, Christine founded the Wedding Mall in Abuja, Africa’s pioneer wedding business incubator which pulls together top-choice wedding vendors under one roof for ease of access for intending brides and grooms.

Mosunmola Umoru
Founder, Honeysuckles PTL Ventures. A proud farmer and also Founder of the Farmshoppe. Currently serving our nation as the Technical Adviser (Youth & Gender) to the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD).

Dr. Ola Orekunrin
Founder Flying Doctors Nigeria (FDN) Limited. FDN is a Medical Emergency Service that specializes in air ambulances, medevac, medico-logistics services, remote site medical solutions services, medical infrastructural development and medical training services.

She recently launched the Emergency Transport Unit which is a removable medical cabin built into a commercial aircraft which conveys patients around West Africa and beyond often at 10% of the price of a full air ambulance.

Dr. Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed
Founded Fusion Lifestyle Limited in December 2009 after relocating from Lagos to Abuja.

The company’s ventures include The Fusion Lifestyle Family Fair, themed “business clinic” events FusionConnect, The Fusion Lifestyle Store – A multi brand lifestyle concession store housing 40+ brands and counting.

Founder of The Gift Source. A one-stop gift resource company that provides event favors, corporate gifts and kids party packs which is currently changing direction to start producing their own line of quirky gifts.

Co-founded Fruit Garden in 2015 and is the sole franchisee of JewelScent USA products in Nigeria.

Honey Ogundeyi 
Founder and CEO of Fashpa.com and Digital AgencyThe September Group (TSG). Fashpa.com is Nigeria’s Leading Online Fashion Retailer and one of the first online-only fashion technology companies in Nigeria.

Osaru Alile
Co-founded Caxton Alile Design; A pro-African creative force and founding company of CaxtonAlile Living (the AfroTemporary Brand producing Light fixtures, Home décor products and greeting cards), Apparel Partners, CC Interiors & its new initiative EteriorSpaces.Com – A Virtual Interiors platform and social enterprise which aims at #CreatingHappySpaces for all, irrespective of ones budget.

Founded Careers in Interior Design (CID) alongside 3 other Interior Designers here in Lagos to inspire and train young designers or creatives interested in Interior Design and related fields.

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji
Founder/CEO of RISE Networks, Africa’s leading Social Enterprise with a deliberate interest in Youth and Education Development harnessed through Technology. Founder, PrintMagic – world-class print company.

Currently a Mason Fellow and Mid Career Master in Public Administration Candidate at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Tosin Oshinowo
Since 2012, Tosin has been lead Architect at cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A), an architecture design consultancy practice based in Lagos, executing notable projects in the city such as Maryland Mall, which is due to open in June 2016.

She has served as the convener of SHO-N-TEL (2009 – 2014) at the University of Lagos, an event series that takes practicing professionals back into the studio to present their experiences to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Adenrele Sonariwo
Founder and director of Rele Art Gallery, Onikan Lagos – an unconventional, contemporary art space that has been and is on a mission in various capacities to trigger a new found appreciation, engagement, and followership with the arts; exposing a larger, global audience to African contemporary art.

She is currently at work on a global art project that could possibly be leveraged as cultural diplomacy for Nigeria and would give the Nigerian art scene / market a worldwide boost.

Fatima “Fantis” Muhammad
Fantis Muhammed is the Founder of SantiFoodCo, born in 2014 – a Yogurt and Granola brand based in Abuja.
She started her entrepreneurial journey in 2003 with Adcity Ltd, a corporate event Management Company based in Abuja.

She has invested in apparel manufacturing by founding the H.Magnet factory opened for mass production of T-shirts and Polo Shirts at the Kano Free Trade Zone, the factory is now operational in Abuja.

Uzo Orimalade 
Founder, Cupcake Couture Lagos (which provides retail and corporate clients with premium baked goods), Uzo’s Food Labs (which provides consulting services to the food, beverage & hospitality industry, cooking classes and demos to individuals and corporates, food writing and other associated services) and The Garden From Uzo’s Food Labs (an organic garden that sells organic cut produce and seedlings).

Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi
Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC). W.TEC is a non-profit organization she setup in 2008 to build the capacities of Nigerian girls and women, to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their lives, through information and communication technology (ICT)-based training, research and mentorship. She loves books and also owns a bookshop!

Bukky Karibi-Whyte
CEO and Founder of boutique Public Relations Firms, The Bobby Taylor Company and Invicta Africa Communications Limited.

Rukky Ladoja
Co-Founder of GREY, Grey revolutionalized the modern Nigerian fashion industry with well-priced, retail-ready clothing. Co-Founder, Eve & Tribe.

Timi Bode-Ejiwunmi
Founder and Creative Director of I Do Weddings.

I Do Weddings is a one stop weddings solutions company. Under I Do Weddings is a bridal line called Love Tims. Love Tims provides beautiful wedding dresses at par with international standards, saving a bride time and the cost of flying abroad. The brand includes a retail space for its bridal accessories including jewelry, hair combs, tiara’s veils and clutch bags and a signature perfume line.

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola
CEO and Co-founder of Wecyclers Nigeria Limited. Innovative social enterprise Wecyclers offers convenient household recycling service using a fleet of low-cost cargo bikes. Wecyclers is powering social change using the environment by allowing people in low-income communities to capture value from their waste.

Ehime Eigbe-Akindele
Founder and MD of Your Way Foods. Your Way Foods is the holding company for Sweet Kiwi Frozen Yoghurt, Beet Root Health Bar and Cinggis Mongolian Grill.
She is passionate about small business branding and co-founded the Brand Identity Global (BIG) Conference. She founded “Hands in Lagos“, a non-profit focused on fostering volunteerism in Nigeria.

Wadami Amolegbe 
Oluwadamilola Amolegbe founded HauTe Fashion Africa Magazine in 2006 with a successful transition to becoming the 1st African Fashion Website HauTeFashionAfrica.com.

Her charity involvement is vast including raising funds for the renovation of the Fashion Design Department in Yaba College of Technology, LofeLofe.com’s Paint the City Project.

In 2015, she officially started her company, W. Amolegbe Consulting – a Project & Talent Management firm with a focus on Art, Entertainment, Fashion and Social Media. W.Amolegbe Consulting project managed the inaugural Founder Creative event.

Uche Pedro
Founder, BellaNaija (thinking she needs to start other businesses after reading all of the above)..ok, she’s the Founder of Founder Creative 🙂

Uche is involved in various private and public charity initiatives. She’s also on the board of LEAP Africa.

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The discussions were so in-depth, insightful and emotional at times! It is difficult to convey in photos but I believe you can get a glimpse of the camaraderie.

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Mosunmola Umoru & Dumebi Agbakoba

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Project Management: W.Amolegbe Consulting
Venue & Food: Samantha’s Bistro, Ikoyi
Decor: Fara & Zara
Photography: J.Gates Visuals
Photography: Insigna
Videography: Lanre Esho Films

46 Comments

  1. SugaMama

    June 15, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    This is awesome! I have to say I’m totally inspired. Making a list of potential mentors considering I plan to go down this path.
    Uche, you rock!

  2. Hadassah

    June 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    First of all, I think You are amazing, Uche
    Super Great Initiative… It’s really wonderful to see what these women have been able to achieve plus I am team women-supporting-women. SO this just gave me pure happiness.

    Quick Questions:
    1.Would this be a series? – monthly, quarterly or as-the-Spirit-leads?(hahaha…as my Naija people say)
    2. Would it be possible for interested people to participate? or get the video/minutes of meeting (It is a desperate something oooo- Hahahaa)
    Interested People -eg. Non founders of organisations /Non Business owners,people looking out to set up businesses, people who do not think they havent made any remarkable mark in their industry and would really love to)
    It would be lovely to gain insight

    Thank you 🙂

  3. Ink Eze

    June 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I was lucky enough (along with BN colleagues) to listen in on the brunch. Learned so much especially about the family front, having a board that you’re actually accountable to (not only family) and saving for a rainy day.
    Thank you!!! I am a Future #FounderCreative

    • Amaa

      June 16, 2016 at 2:46 am

      I quite agree with you INK. The biggest challenge entrepreneurs have in Nigeria in Accountability and structure. Without structure you cant asses funding neither can people take you seriously especially investors. Book keeping for your business is very important. Most business can’t survive an investors pitch with Dragons den or Voom. With so many entrepreneurs in Nigeria we should have been putting a dent on our youth unemployment rate but we are not

    • Jane

      June 16, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Exactly!!! Funding and Investors, even your immediate family wont risk supporting you until they have seen a sizeable amout of success. Its sad

    • Jane

      June 16, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Hi Ink, Please (with tears streaming down my eyes) can we have more of this forum or training’s (subsidized) on skill acquisition, support and entrepreneurship in Abuja. We ladies are always behind in Abuja, We need to be properly groomed and mentored to become successful entrepreneurs cos it seems almost everything is happening in Lagos. Please reply

  4. christina

    June 15, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, love this amazing project, would love to be a part of it, when is the next founder creative event or how can One participate. We need more women to create the generational change we desire and take the lead in agriculture,finance, business, politics, startups and leadership.

  5. madman

    June 15, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    How is this different from what WIMBIZ does or what SheLeadsAfrica does?

    • A

      June 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      How is Burger King different from McDonald’s or Johnny Rockets? Aren’t they all still serving different but similar amazing purpose? Pleaseeeeeee we need even more female empowerment programs. The default conferences and programs are male dominated or don’t take into consideration what goes for women. Hopefully this isn’t one where we talk about how to “Keep” the home and balance work as well abeg. We have every women’s conference, Folusho Alakija, mothers, society, every Nigerian magazine etc to thank for that

    • madman

      June 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      You miss the authentic point of my conversation. Why start something new doing the same thing when you can partner and collaborate with another organization like SheLeads or WimBiz. why start something in a space that already appears crowded. Do you know how many women’s groups exist? But whatever works. We all want awards.

    • Tosin

      June 15, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Uncle mad, na by force partnership? There is room for 200more, they can all partner later.

    • Damilola

      June 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

      You missed the purpose of it. One person’s vision is still different from another. It’s like saying too many organizations, charities offering to help or giving help, the good thing is one reaches to a different group than the other. It won’t be the same people recycling all of them. In as much as it looks, sounds similar the vision, ways of each will be different. As long as the ultimate goal which is to empower, unify and inspire ourselves comes into fruition, we can have as many as we want.

    • SugaMama

      June 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Well, I can tell you one thing, this group has a lot more creatives than a group like WIMBIZ does. Also, a younger crowd. Variety is the spice of life.
      You can’t say just because there are other women empowerment programs, this one is useless. The more, the merrier and I’m sure they are all different in some way. No need to collaborate if she has the idea and the means to carry it out.
      You may not appreciate it, but as you can see from the comments, a lot of people do. That’s the thing about target audiences. See how many youtube makeup vloggers there are. Are there only one or two successful ones?
      Don’t bring negativity into this space. Women empowering women is a BEAUTIFUL thing. We can’t ever have too many initiatives for that.

    • Shola

      June 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Are you sure you live in Nigeria?

  6. Tosin

    June 15, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    tres hot!

    it’s not only female readers that want to know which guys are single o. help some interested parties annotate the participant list. add business cards sef. ok, inappropriate, sorry.

  7. Kemmie

    June 15, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    This is beyond awesome….we need a UK version of this ASAP! As a woman in business myself, I found myself at a business crossroads recently and sincerely started considering selling off my existing business and moving on to other things. It was hard to discuss with family or friends as I didn’t think anyone would understand me or totally get where the shoe pinched! I was lonely o! But just today, I spoke with a fellow business person who completely changed my line of reasoning. He said to me “Kemi, every business goes through tough times. The ones that fail lack innovative ideas. You are faced with a challenge now, will you make it sink you or make you? It is what you do with the challenge that determines your success as an entrepreneur. It’s time to think bigger”. I couldn’t have been more appreciative of him and reading this I totally get where you are coming from. We all need that support system to push higher in business, it gives us that much needed “steam”! I’m taking something away from this today and that is to have a board no matter the size of my business. Off to find my own board of directors! ??

  8. Titotheo

    June 15, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    This is a brilliant initiative Uche. I appreciate that so much thought was put to the CAREFUL SELECTION of participants. It is encouraging to know that some women are providing CORE VALUE ADDING SERVICES and not just everyday buying and selling hustle (not to say it is not good) but we need more people setting up value adding services not consumption services.
    Thumbs up again Uche.
    Please keep us updated on @hadassah request.

  9. Yemi

    June 15, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    A table full of women, I will pass. Meanwhile it looks like they all copied from each other ,nothing imaginative. Meanwhile where is Linda Ike, she is richer than AL of them put together

    • aj

      June 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm

      wow what a hater! you could have just buzzed off instead of being a debbie downer.

  10. O~Intuition!

    June 15, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks Bella Naija for being totally inspiring!
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  11. O~Intuition!

    June 15, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks Bella Naija for being totally inspiring!
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  12. Seun

    June 15, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    1 Good to plan well,and venture into a line you enjoy.
    2 Get your workers based on competence and knowledge,no sentimental or emotional employment,i.e based on Nepotism,tribalism or religious sentiment.
    3 prudence with money must be atop priority,have a good plan to raise capital at very reasonable interest.
    4 Don’t join the crowd blindly into any business,first study and acquire knowledge,before going into any venture.
    5 Try and get feedback from the clients,customers,buyers,shoppers or consumers,my own feed back is into two parts,try to discourage tribalism and insults more.character assassination on ,Wizkid,Davido,Toke and the Otedolas.should be discouraged.Our blog must not be seen to promote hate and bigotry,like some blogs we know.
    Finally on a lighter note,send recharge cards,tomatoes,and fuel to regular commentators like my humble self,So that we don’t ask who you epp?please quality content is good,but man shall not live by bread alone.

    • Girl power

      June 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      TF is this comment? Please take your agbero self to nairaland. Lately some of you cretins have been polluting this blog. We are celebrating young female achievers here. Only people like you will come to spoil show…..and I will not be surprised this comment is by a guy.
      @ink, can you shed more light on what Uche outlined above. I know this was not targeted at startups, but as a start up, how do you effectively break into your market when you lack a size able marketing budget?
      We celebrate you Uche and your BN team, and know that many people are looking up to you.

    • Pretense Is Bad

      June 15, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Are you better than people on nairaland? I see FasholasLover has taught you to call people cretin. Live and let live. Stop pretending to be posh.

    • Girl power indeed

      June 16, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Polluting this blog?
      The irony is you are actually the one polluting this inspiring post with your vile words madam high and mighty. Your attitude is repulsive to say the least.

    • Davin

      September 28, 2016 at 3:20 am

      To break into the market as a startup, your biggest weapon imo, is the social media and an idea – what do you have to offer that others are not offering already? You also need to study/research your intended market and plan.

  13. Nakoms

    June 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Lovely. Great. These are the things I expect of bellanaija not babymama this and babydaddy that.

    Nigerian women have been entrepreneural since 1422. Scratch that. Since time immemorial. The notion that women only just began to explore their entrepreneural cum working class capabilities is one of the biggest fallacies that has contributed to the subjugation of the female gender.

    Stay at home moms was an introduction from colonial times when the wives of colonian administrators tended the home. This alien lifestyle our first public servants adopted and has since been foisted on us for over a century. It became an ideal which we strive for in our ignorance.

    Witness the likes of funmilayo ransomkuti and other renowned business women who were the rule rather than the exception. The average colonian nigerian woman was a farmer and a trader

    As a boy child I hawked with my mum before she moved on to having a shop of her own and along the line several shops in lagos. She ended up been far wealthier than my civil servant father who was not “fast” in the crooked ways of Nigeria 80s and 90s.

    The rush to be beholden to one man and expect handdowns is not who we are. It is a concept as alien to us as the sick practice of changing our skin tone.

    • Naijatalk

      June 15, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      African women are natural born progressives. My mum told stories of how her mother would get on a bus early in the morning to go buy crayfish from Calabar and other riverine areas to sell. And there were a number of them who traded in that. She traded as far as the North, we grew up thinking she had Fullah blood in her because she had that silky soft hair and all of them speak Hausa like natives, but she was a complete Igbo crayfish merchant. There was dignity in labor.
      This initiative is necessary so young women will see that there is no dignity in runz, aristo, high class prostituting, quick money schemes – the norm these days. If you are hardworking with a good heart, God will bless your hustle. The work of your hands is meant to feed you.

    • Engoz

      June 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you Nakoms. We often talk about colonialism from the angle of British imperialism but fail to emphasize how disastrous it was to traditional female political and social structures in Africa. For example, one of the angst or question colonial Igbo women posed to the British was that the British had given all the posts to the men and they the women requested that they be given posts as well. After the Aba women’s war where there were obvious casualties, colonialism and Christianity with the submission culture finally taking a foothold, this sort of vibrancy in the females began to wane. The men obviously ran along with this colonial practices and have refused to look back, because it gave them privilege…privilege they may not have had in precolonial era. For example, in Christian religion the wife is advised to fast and pray during a domestic violence incident. At a time in the West, a man is allowed to spank his wife. In traditional Igbo culture, the wife reports to her female social group, and they match to his house and demand fines, or strike or do boycotts. This method is termed ‘sitting on a man.’ It is a traditional method of Igbo women to challenge male authority. A man could be singled out for mistreating his wife, allowing his cows eat the women’s crops, or breaking the rules of the market. The market used to be the female economy. Now a ‘man’ like Dangote dominates the market, lolllll. (Abeg that was tongue-in-cheek) We should be the Dangotes of today, but our economy was stolen from us. It’s high-time every Nigerian girl begins to do a thorough introspection and have that long overdue rude awakening. I find myself angry when we try to attribute the fight for female rights to the West. African women are the pioneers of female rights. Hopefully, this generation shall not put our foremothers to shame!!!

      More grease to your elbow Bellanaija!

    • Tosin

      June 16, 2016 at 5:15 am

      Sista you go still write thesis / book on top this Aba women matter o. Abi na vlog post. E be like say na that history be your passion.

  14. nnenne

    June 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Great initiative.
    Nigeria needs more start ups, especially by women.

  15. Abuja Bored Girl

    June 15, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    This is impressive. Kudos to you all.

  16. Fabulous B

    June 15, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Thanks so much, ma. You’re a blessing and you all are. It makes me glad whenever I see women come together to learn from each other. Light other candles with yours, it doesn’t devalue you or diminish your potency

  17. Toluh

    June 15, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Dr. Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed, is one lady I respect so much. I follow her on Instagram, she’s full of knowledge. I hope to meet her one day.

    • swthrt

      June 20, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Seconded!

  18. Bebe

    June 15, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Amazing idea. I am really inspired by this and would like more information and how to take part in this organization. Good job.

  19. Maryam

    June 15, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    My ever lovely looking samiah

  20. Oluwatosin

    June 15, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Women doing things. I love!!
    I see myself here in few years
    thatinternist.wordpress.com

  21. Fake yemi

    June 15, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    That fake fellow is not Yemi,we left that other blog because of hate.The name dropper is nene aka naija talkative.

  22. Bola

    June 16, 2016 at 11:48 am

    How to know a gathering is not mediocre ,
    – EVERYONE COMES IN THEIR NATURAL SKINTONE!!!!

    lol….nice gathering, no bleachers, thus people’s upsatirs still intact

  23. Adeola Sho

    June 16, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    This is a heart warming gathering for both existing and intending entrepreneurs. Can I get any one to contact for enquiries on how to be a part of this? I am warming up towards executing my business plans soon. Kindly contact.

  24. Abimbola Ogundere

    June 17, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Hallo,
    Wonderful initiative.
    I have however always wondered by young and successful teachers/school owners are not invited to these events. It’s high time educators are brought into the mix of things so that we experience the same support and grow from it as well especially as we are educating the future. Best regards.

  25. Adedayo Jaiyejeje Adeyemi

    June 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I so much like these initiatives ,and there can never be too much of of it..Guess what so many young enrepereneus are outside there looking for directions and mentorship .. these are the type of eind of progammes i want to be identified with.in fact seeing faces like thes great Toyosi , ,mUche Alike is enough to predict the outcome . I My prayer is that such is not only mea t for only successful ones at least opportunity should be given those ladies still grappling with making their business a success so that their can learn .. thank and thumb up

  26. Arc. IJ

    September 17, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    OMG..!!! how am i just seeing this. beautiful, intelligent, classy, graceful women. i’m soooo in love. this is so refreshing after i feel like i just wasted my life at the salon with some ‘airheads’ that can’t keep up with a conversation outside hair, clothes and makeup. More of this please!!

  27. CSC Programmer

    September 28, 2016 at 3:30 am

    Wow…feeling so inspired by this story. Really proud of these ladies.

    P.S. Got a quick question – is the Founders Board exclusively for ladies?

  28. demola

    October 17, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    nice story really inspired of how far you come. more grace

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