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Meet the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs Selected to Pitch for the SME Boutique Exclusive Women’s Club (SWEC) “Female Entrepreneur Scale up Grant”



image1-1In August, the SME Boutique Exclusive Women’s Club (SWEC) powered by Addosser Micro Finance Bank put out a call for innovative female entrepreneurs to apply for its Business Plan Accelerator Programme Scale UP! Over 150 responses were received out of which 10 women were selected to go through a 4 month business strategy and development course. These included in-depth capacity building session from established business leaders, one on one mentorship opportunities with successful female business owners, as well as networking opportunities. Top business leaders such as Ndidi Nwuneli, Femi Longe, Tara Fela Durotoye, Omoyemi Akerele, Biola Alabi, Tale Alimi, Stephanie Obi, Tomilayo Aluko to mention just a few were some of the top class business leaders and facilitators who provided a range of business development and capacity building courses.

The selected female entrepreneurs have also received one on one mentorship with established business owners such as Ada Osakwe of Agolay Ventures, Joycee Awosika of Oriki, Gbemi Adebayo of Hagai and Esther and Isoken Ogiemwonyi of Zazzai, Glory Edozien of Inspired by Glory to mention only a few. The aim of the business accelerator programme has been to power the next generation of female entrepreneurs with the required business skills to scale up their business and compete effectively in the economy.

The next stage of the programme is the official pitch competition which will see 10 of these women present their business plan to a select panel of judges with the winner receiving the “Female Entrepreneur Scale up Grant” Powered by Addosser Micro Finance bank. The pitch competition and the selection of the winner have been aptly timed to commemorate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) which holds on the 18th of November 2016.

Meet the participants;

  1. Cynthia Tule-Okochu
    Founder Adirelounge
    Sector- Fashion Manufacturing


Cynthia Tule-Okochu is the Creative Director of Adirelounge. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration  from the University of Benin. She also attended the Fate foundation Entrepreneurship school where she has a Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

Adirelounge is a textile company that incorporates hand dyed ethnic infusions popularly known as Adire on non conventional fabrics like silk, scarves, chiffon, jersey, cotton and T-shirts. Adirelounge also creates custom made prints for designers, parties and organizations

Twitter and Instagram: @adirelounge

  1. Debbie Larry-Izamoje
    Founder Image Boosters
    Sector- Business Services/consulting


Debbie holds a BSc in Information Management from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom as well as an Msc in Management from University College London (UCL). She has also secured certificates in user innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Innovation and strategy from Harvard University.

She is a communications and brand strategist at Image Boosters Limited a company which offers tailored social media content, management, training, monitoring and coverage for businesses and events.

She is the founder of the IBL platform a subsidiary of Image boosters limited which is an online business community for young established/soon to be established professionals to ask questions, share concerns and experiences and receive tailored counseling.

Debbie Larry Izamoje who is also known as the entrepreneurs best friend is on a mission to raise a generation of young established or soon to be established professionals who are more vocal about business difficulties while providing solutions through public speaking, training, workshops and coaching. Her primary goal is to change the narrative that the journey to success is lonely.

Twitter and Instagram: @dee_larry @imageboosters_

  1. Elizabeth Laiza Kalu
     Founder: Sylvo
    Sector- Fashion and content creation


Elizabeth is the Founder/CEO of STYLVO, the leading content and commerce platform that creates premium shoppable fashion, beauty and style content, focused on the African fashion and beauty industries. She is a purpose driven entrepreneur and forward thinker who is passionate about using business, content, technology and creativity to drive change. Prior to STYLVO, she led several positions dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs at the base of the pyramid and also successfully managed projects focused on education and women empowerment. Elizabeth holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting and has certifications in Digital Marketing, Technology & Entrepreneurship.

Twitter and Instagram: @Stylvo

  1. Sekemi Braithwaite
    Founder Shay’s Treats
    Sector- Beauty and manufacturing


Sekemioluwa Braithwaite is a graduate of both the University of Edinburgh and the Nigerian Law School. She is also the founder of Shay’s Treats-a natural skincare company based in Lagos.

Sekemioluwa’s experience with childhood skin allergies inspired her to research the benefits of essential oils, plant extracts and other natural ingredients. Thereafter, Shay’s Treats was born with the simple philosophy of transforming skin with an affordable range of handmade, organically enriched products. Shay’s treats also focuses on using natural and indigenous ingredients which create visible skin care results.

Twitter and Instagram: @shaystreats

  1. Uzoamaka Ezeugwa
    Founder and Creative Director Zoya’s Jewels
    Sector: Fashion and Manufacturing


Uzoamaka Ezeugwa is an Accredited Jewelry Professional by GIA and the Creative Director for Zoyas Jewels, who has taken her time to learn her craft from experts in different countries – India and America. Zoya’s Jewels is a jewelry brand dedicated to bringing her customers unique, statement and stylish jewelry pieces at great prices that won’t break bank. They also help organizations create a more visually professional outlook through the aid of customized branded lapel pins, cufflinks and tie pins.

Zoya’s Jewels also provides customized services which focuses on providing counsel on which jewelry style is of best quality and would suit specific occasions, needs, tastes and budgets.

Twitter and Instagram: @zoyasjewels

  1. Omowumi Etiko
    Founder The Nusafiri Experience
    Sector- Travel


Omowumi Etiko is a certified travel and tourism consultant with a background in administration, human resources, learning and development. Her aim is help her clients experience the art of travel as a seamless and stressfree means of learning, expanding their minds and imbibing new cultures, tastes and sights. She is also focused on expanding tourism opportunities specifically in Nigeria and in Africa as a whole by highlighting notable destinations in country and creating experiences which match the appetite and budget of her clients.

Nusafiri clients are corporate clients desiring unusual retreats and individuals with a unique taste for travel. As a young company with a growing portfolio, Nusafiri has had the privilege of working with some international companies and have planned several personalized travel experiences such as honeymoons, baby moons, personal retreats, corporate team building retreats, wedding destination scouting and much more.

Omowumi holds a BA in Psychology from the Catholic University of America and an in Human Resources Management from the University of Sheffield and is certified by IATA.

 Twitter and Instagram: @nusafiri

  1. Elizabeth Idem-Ido
    Founder Mmabon
    Sector- Manufacturing and Fashion


Mmabon is a Premium Custom apparel manufacturer which specializes in customized apparels focused on helping brands, families, groups and events stand out. The central theme of the company is to enhance brand image and promotion while also making life events memorable.

Mmabon service repertoire includes corporate wear and uniforms for businesses, branded Tshirts for family photo shoots, school reunions, bridal showers and other memorable life events as well as school uniforms, sportswear and funday Tees. Mmabon’s growth goals include launching a DIY website, increasing capacity by over 100% and launching a new line of branded Tshirts

Twitter and Instagram: @Mmabon

  1. Akpevwe Uvieghara
    Founder D’Artiste by Dodos
    Sector- Beauty


Dodos  Uvieghara is an award winning Makeup Artist, Digital Influencer and founder a  Fashion and Lifestyle blog where she shares and curates style  tips, makeup tutorials and skincare regimens. She is a noted and influential voice in the Nigerian Makeup industry where she   empowers Nigerian women on easy ways to boost their confidence, self esteem and innate beauty qualities through fashion and makeup.  She is responsible for the timeless clean looks seen on some famous Nigerian Celebrities like Genevieve Nnaji, Asa, Eku Edewor and many more. In 2015, Dodo’s was a recipient of the coveted Exquisite Lady of the Year ( ELOY) award for Best Make Up Artist.

 Twitter and Instagram: @iamdodos

  1. Ibukun Oludare
    Founder Pine and Ivory Ltd.
    Sector- Interior design and manufacturing


Ibukun is a passionate interior designer who dropped her certification in Law and ADR to bring her dream of creating amazing timeless spaces to life. Her company, Pine and Ivory Ltd is an interior design company committed to ensuring that our clients realize their vision for their space, we have a mission to meet and exceed our clients expectations,  giving excellent service and creating spaces furnished with our furniture pieces that are built to stand the test of time.
Pine and Ivory has both an interior design arm as well as a furniture and retail arm, with show rooms located in-36 Association Avenue, Ilupeju,  Lagos.

Twitter: Pineandivory
Instagram: Pni2012

  1. Amara Roy-Osuji
    Founder and Creative Director Timara Creations
    Sector- Beauty


Amara is an alumnus of the Lagos Business school where is attained an MBA after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Covenant University.

Her company Timara Creations is a beauty company focused on providing professional hair and beauty services to women. The passion behind the company stems from the important contribution beauty plays in building confidence in women. At Tamara creations beauty matters because confident women make things happen!

Timara Creations offers bespoke services which cater to the individual needs of her clients. She also provides customized wigs and services a range of international clients.


  1. Lulu

    November 17, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Fashion and Beauty. Well……..

    • Nne

      November 17, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      No offence but you lot act like our fashion and beauty industry is developed to the point of it being saturated when that is not the truth.

      99.99% of the clothes you wear and the beauty products you use are imported or made by international companies.

      Here are a few women trying to have a head start or be early entrants in order to promote the local industry and the manufacturing sector of the continent and some of you are complaining because its fashion and beauty? (I can understand the complaints for luxury hair market a bit)

      Well done to these Ladies..I dont really see a problem as long as its honest week and it is feeding them.

    • Lulu

      November 17, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      You are very stupid. I can’t believe your hypocritical reply. U can understand the complain for luxury hair but can’t understand for fashion and beauty. Did I even complain? What is wrong with you. One will just be passing by on their own and some loud mouthed hoodlum will just come and be hurling rubbish. I only said fashion and beauty as per my industry and Nne is performing ritual under my innocent comment. Mind yasef o kai

  2. madman

    November 17, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    fashion, beauty, makeups…. una no dey tire?

  3. Bruno fierce two

    November 17, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Apologies because I understand these women’s hustle, but how about women entrepreneurs in the areas of consulting, IT, health, engineering etc, abi we no get? An average young lady tat does not have a job is now a fashion designer or make up artist. No sarcasm her please.

  4. Uju Lilian Ikegbune

    November 17, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    I support all women doing great for themselves in any sector! However, Agriculture, Engineering and IT are capital intensive, they need huge funds! That is why Some state governments will give you land for free if you want to farm and huge banks such as African development and Bank of Industries support such huge projects. Thanks to all the bodies that supports all forms of businesses no matter the sector! As long as it promotes growth for local brands, provides employment and gives room for manufacturing / industrialization in the long run, then I am in. I really wish I knew about this, One of the contestants – Elizabeth shares almost the same ideas with me. I do DIYs on my blog n Instagram handle, I also design personalized t-shirts and apparels on demand.

  5. olajumoke

    November 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I really don’t see anything wrong with these women trying to make a name for themselves.. If you have mentioned other sectors, why not start something in that sector? Stop putting other women down while you sit down there, complain and never do anything for anybody!
    One thing i will like to see is not for them just to make profit, they must also make an impact to other generations coming behind because when people start getting successful, they tend to forget where they are coming from and never pass on the baton to the next generation.

  6. AMARA

    November 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Nusafiri experience, yes! i just hope my own dreams will develop and grow to a mighty level

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