It was indeed three days of wow-mazing experience, at the just concluded annual IWOW Global Possibilities Summit held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lagos. Nigeria on the 23rd and 24th of March 2018.
The summit started with a pre-event cocktail with exceptional women of worth in attendance. The Publisher of Genevieve Magazine, Betty Irabor, shared her deeply touching story about how she decided to pick herself up and turn her life around after a very difficult experience.
Day 1 of the summit was a day of learning how to deliberately walk on water- in life, business, career and other spheres of life. The theme of the 2018 Global Possibilities Summit is “It’s Showtime” and all the speakers came out with their stories that affirmed the fact that there is power in one’s authentic story. The CEO/Vice Chair, Fine and Country WA and Founder of IWOW, Udo Okonjo shed more light on what the 2018 theme represented. Showtime, she said is a state of realization. The state of deliberately stepping out of the ordinary into the extraordinary through Self Discovery, Success and Sustainability. Leke Alder, Principal Partner, Alder Consulting, gave a powerful masterclass on branding; how to craft a niche market & using uniquely defined branding strategies that will resonate with the target audience. A panel discussion followed where Udo Okonjo, Leke Alder & Ada Osakwe shared real-life experiences & strategies they have used in their various fields to present a strong & sustainable brand.
Following on from building great business structures and kicking off the second session on entrepreneurship- Prof. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), Founding Partner, Kenna Partners & Professor of Corporate Governance at Lagos Business School, talked through the legal aspects of doing business in Nigeria. Tara Fela-Durotoye, CEO, House of Tara honed on the fact that your passion for your business needs to be backed with efficient working structures, processes & procedures.
The third and final session of the day was about Confidence & Power Negotiation which was anchored by Dr. Nneka Abulokwe who gave a straight from the heart intelligent treatise of her journey to the top of a fortune 500 company in the United Kingdom through the power of resilience, persistence & strategic negotiation. Day 1 was capped up with another brilliant panel discussion by the speaker & renowned Media Entrepreneur Biola Alabi & Dr. Ola Brown– founder & CEO, Flying Doctors Nigeria.
The morning of Day 2 was a Wealth & Wellbeing Breakfast Session hosted by Fine & Country & Providus Bank- the session was opened with Udo Okonjo sharing the fundamental elements of wellbeing & wealth creation and the direct relationship between both concepts. Walter Akpani– MD/CEO of Providus Bank shared his professional experience on the need for Women to develop the qualities of Teamwork, Tenacity and Entrepreneurial spirit, whilst also charging delegates to come into their spotlight. Renowned beauty entrepreneur Eryca Freemantle shared about surviving depression and making the decision to rise above it & live a phenomenal life. Arinola Adeniyi, CEO, Venivici Spa spoke about the importance of wellness in wellbeing and Travelstart Commercial Manager- Bukky Akomolafe was there to add to the fact that, getting away so often for some self-love & replenishment is important for mental wellbeing. Travelstart also sponsored a trip to Dubai.
The morning session ended with Ndidi Nwuneli and the millennials taking centre stage to tell the whole world they are coming and they know exactly what is required of them to get exponential results featuring inspirational stories by Seun Awolowo & Kene Rapu to wrap up the morning session.
The IWOW Global Possibilities Summit 2018 was crowned with an exquisite dinner with inspiring and thought-provoking keynote speeches from the MD of Seplat- Austin Avuru and Fela Durotoye. Inspiring spoken word performance by Bikiya and comedy by Senator. Also, we had the presence of amazing comperes Bolanle Olakuni, Chico and Stephanie Coker who gave their professional skills in adding colour to the event. There was also an auction of a beautiful painting titled Elle est la vie that was done on the day by Awuli Okocha and proceeds from the auction goes to She Writes Woman. An IWOW Possibilities Award was also presented to Kechi Ohuru for her outstanding achievements regardless of all barriers and limitations.
The 2018 IWOW Global Possibilities Summit would not be a huge success without the relentless efforts of our inspired co-chairs Chinyere Okorocha, Winifred Mena and Izehi Anuge. It is definitely SHOWTIME for women in every sphere of life and endeavour!
The Inspired Women of Worth Network is a gender expression of Fine & Country West Africa and has a strong vision to inspire, educate, empower and encourage women to stand out in their various spheres of influence, to create a platform to empower women to positively contribute to their environment and live their best lives. The IWOW Global Possibilities summit delivered on this mandate.
For more information on this event and more IWOW events, please visit at www.i-wow.org/summit