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Ondo First Lady, 60 top female icons bag entrepreneurial awards

Adeze Ojukwu

All is set for the maiden African Women Industrialization Awards, in celebration of 60 African top female professionals, next Monday.

Ondo State First Lady Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu, will lead other accomplished women to the grand event, aimed at promoting female entrepreneurship and leadership.

Mrs Peace Nnabugwu

The event, billed for March 8, in Ikeja, Lagos, promises to be a gathering of distinguished women executives, female icons and young women.

The prestigious award of excellence is organized, under the auspices of  Women Empowerment for Leadership and Longevity Cooperation(WELLCO), led by Mrs Peace Nnabugwu.

It is also supported by the United States(US) Consulate, WEMA bank Plc and Mrs. Tope Ande, Chairperson of OneAfrica, a youth development organization.

Nnabugwu, an applied physicist and researcher said the programme will also hold virtually, to enable  participants to join from various parts of the world.

According to her, this inaugural edition, designed to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, last year, will honour 60 awardees in two categories for established females and start-up mums.

The occasion, is also positioned to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day(IWD), an annual treatise to promote gender equality and women empowerment.

The prestigious project aligns with the 2021 IWD theme tagged: ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.’

Nnabugwu said ‘the initiative was established to provide opportunities and services for young women in business and youths.’

She commended all the awardees and partners for supporting the vision, borne out of compassion to seek financial support for struggling ladies.

According to her the death of a young mother, who suddenly slumped and died, while hawking cooked foods in a market, inspired her to seek for viable concepts and strategies to aid women.

‘Today many women have become the breadwinners in several households, which disproportionately predispose them to stress, financial hardships and exposure to diseases and death.’

She said the initiative, is part of the contributions of her organization towards poverty alleviation and women liberation, as etched in the United Nations(UN) Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).

‘It is designed to celebrate, acknowledge and show recognition to African women around the world. African women have shown over the years that they can be counted as a driving force in the continent of Africa. The 2021 Edition is designed to showcase this astonishing and impactful woman, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.’

List of high profile participants expected at the event includes the US Consulate Deputy Political and Economy Chief, Ms. Merrica Heaton, Head of West Africa, BBC, Ms Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye and Ms. Dolapo Kukoyi of Detail Commercial Solicitors.

Notable honourees were named, as seasoned entrepreneur, Dr. Abiola Bashorun, Lt. Col. Sola Asenuga,  Special Assistant  to Akwa Ibom State Governor, MefLyN Anwan and renowned social entrepreneur, Dr. Omanibe B. Ameh.

Others are industry expert, Just  Ibe, a formidable digital marketer, Joy Akosa,  Affiong  Ibanga, a seasoned journalist and Tessy Igamo, a notable  banker.

Nnabugwu is a scholar of the Enterprise Development Center of the prestigious Lagos Business School on Social Sector Management.

She was a guest trainee at BBC, Radio 4 London under the auspices of the training on: Communication & Impact for Female Early Career Researchers by Imperial College and University of Warwick, London held at Cumberland Lodge, United Kingdom(UK).

She is a 2018 Johnson & Johnson ‘Champion of Science’ and was invited to the Schlumberger Foundation 2018 ‘Stem Outreach program in Nigeria, as a social sector stakeholder.

She is a 2019 USA Department of State’s Bureau Educational and Cultural Affairs TechWomen Fellow.

Nnabugwu, a lead development advocate, belongs to various international and several  professional bodies.

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