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Inspired Women Of Worth – iWOW calls for Increased Representation of Women in the Public Sector at Abuja Leadership Series




L-R Udo Okonjo, Vice Chair,Fine and Country International W.A /Founder, IWOW; Sophia Mbakwe, GM, Supply Chain Procurement, NNPC; Dr Jumoke Oduwole, SSA to the President on Industry, Trade & Investment(office of the VP); Amb. Dr Kema Chikwe, National Women Leader; Barrister Kachikwu, Chairman, Delta State House of Assembly Commission

Over 50 high achieving female professionals and entrepreneurs gathered from the public sector, and business for the Inspired Women Of Worth (iWOW) Abuja Leadership Series themed: “Leading in the Public Sector: Understanding and Unlocking the Opportunities in the Public Sector for Women’’ which held at Harrow Park Golf Club, Abuja from 9am-2pm. The event was hosted by iWOW, an organisation which was launched in October 2010, in Johannesburg with its core mission to inspire and equip women for leadership in all aspects of life and in the community.

The objectives of the Abuja Leadership Series, was to educate and equip professional women currently serving in or interested in serving in the public sector, politics  or government in any capacity and to create a platform to give them access to a network of like-minded leaders for knowledge sharing and to leverage leadership and business opportunities.

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As is typical of iWOW- the incredibly uplifting sessions were upbeat and filled with many surprise elements that left most of the guests feeling truly inspired. Following an engaging keynote address, so passionately and articulately delivered by Former Ambassador, Dr. Kema Chikwe, who shared her journey and imminent rise in the public sector from her role as a diplomat, politician, teacher,   author,   publisher, wife, mother  and grandmother; other key topics were also discussed by Udo Okonjo, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole and Sophia Mbakwe. 

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The meeting ended with a walk on water pledge, where women affirmed to believe in themselves and be the best version of themselves even as they attained excellence in their individual lives and earn a place in the public sector, thereby inspiring the people they aspire to lead.

IWOW hosts various meetings giving professional and entrepreneurial women an opportunity to become leaders doing a world of good. The  chairperson of the Abuja Leadership organising committee was Binta Max Gbinije, MD, Stanbic Trustees. The event was proudly sponsored by Fine and Country International W.A, Giant Beverages Limited, and other business members of the IWOW community. A full report and other details can be found on

The summit planning team was led by Chairperson, Binta Max-Gbinije, Oge Modie,  Abi Khalidson,  Ije Onejeme, Doris Akpovwa, Ibukun Adedayo, Sophia Mbakwe and Chidi Koldsweat.

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  1. Tosin

    July 2, 2016 at 11:20 am

    we are kuku counting on you. at least try. 😀
    everybody looks great.

  2. Anon

    July 2, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Jumoke aka brain box.

    Good initiative.

    Dumebi’s Mum and Somachi’s Mum. Fab!

  3. bright

    July 2, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Women of substance! I hail una

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