My Journal

The life of an AWLO Member: Leku Slyvie Nakou

  • Give us a detailed biography about yourself stating what you do, the challenges faced and success stories

I am Leku Slyvie Nakou, a passionate volunteer whose assignment on earth is to ensure love and harmony through listen to the plights of her community and looking for possible ways to solve them, Also an agripreneur who is out to solve the problem of unemployment and to boost the economy of my country through empowering women, girls, and farmers. I faced so many challenges because my community didn’t believe in me and what I could do as a woman living with a disability. Yet I didn’t give up on the vision. I would walk from door to door rendering my service either to help make manure out of their waste as HYSACAM (a company that collects waste) was not coming in our community yet. Moreover, they would refuse. I would organize free training on waste management, some on food transformation and inform them but no one would show up. Nevertheless, my brains kept on working and I decided to invite the youths for an educative talk and few of them came. But I said to myself ”Sylvie this is the beginning of greater achievement”. And I have been able to organize training, talks to empower the youths and women.

Leku Slyvie Nakou, Member of the AWLO Youth Council Cameroon
  • Do you have a morning routine? Tell us about it.

Every morning, I always do my morning devotion, immediately after it I plan my day and I arrange my bed and take a bath, set to confront any vibes during the day because I’m well-armed.

  • What is the favorite part of your routine?

I love my morning devotion because it inspires me to plan my day and it helps me accomplish whatever I had planned to do.

  • What are your personal mission and vision statement?

My mission is to educate youths especially young girls to have a patriotic spirit and self-value. My vision is to create a world of equity where women especially those living with disabilities are no longer relegated at the periphery but they have equal opportunities as theirs of men, can speak without any prejudice, and their rights are respected.

  • What is your typical day like?

My typical day is putting a smile on someone’s face and giving them hope for a better tomorrow.

  • Mention 2 people you spend time with on most days and why?

My Mum Florence and my best friend Flora, they are always ready to listen to me without judging me. And they always make me surpass all oaths and limits because they always support and trust that I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.

My Mummy and I
  • Where is your favorite/ inspirational place? Why?

When I’m standing in front of the mirror. When I see who I am and the great potentials I have, I always say to myself

“I need to impact the world”.

  • Would you say you have become more empowered since you joined AWLO and how

Yes, I have, AWLO teaches something new every day and when I apply it to my life, it makes me more empowered and stronger. For instance, AWLO is the first women-led organization where men are not left behind, but instead, we work hand in glove with them, and this has helped me in my activities.

  • What is your personal contribution towards closing the gender equality gap?

I’m also working with youths because I believe that boys and girls need to be cautious and be aware of their social responsibilities so as to see the role they have to play in each other’s life

  • Who is our favorite colleague member and why?

Kim Farrelle, She is always available when I need and she also loves what I’m doing and encourages and gives me advice as well.

  • Favorite book and why?

“Afrika Ba’a” by Remy Gilbert Medou, I love this book because it shows that we have the power to change the world if we stop blaming others and start to build what we want to see in the world.

My favorite book
  • What have you done that you are most proud of?

I’m proud of assisting women and girls with information about their health and helping them with business ideas for the sustainability of their livelihood.


Appraising the Culture of Rape in Africa

In line with the objectives of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), a virtual town-hall meeting was held on Appraising the Culture of Rape: Delivering a Sustainable Solution to a Crisis, on 10th June 2020,

Below is a Communique that captures highlights of the conversation, and collective input of 100 Private and Public Sector Leaders from Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and United States.

This digital convocation was moderated by Prof. Uduak Archibong, MBE; Director Center for Inclusion and Diversity University of Bradford. It had in attendance high level leaders and resource persons including Dame Julie Okah-Donli, Director of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Nigeria; H.E. Amb. Arikana Chihombori-Quao MD, former African Union Ambassador to the United Nation; H.E. Seriake Dickson, former Governor of Bayelsa State, Nigeria; H.E. Fatima Maada Bio, First Lady of Sierra Leone, and H.E. Jewel Howard-Taylor, Vice President of Liberia.

African Women in Leadership Organisation is a non-for-profit organization for the advancement of African Women’s Leadership globally. In furtherance of our objectives, the town-hall was held to call for sustainable solutions in rape advocacy. A post-webinar deliverable is a manifesto signed by African Leaders for action against rape.

Download Communique here, and watch youtube video


AWLO Webinar with H.E. Fatima Maada Bio

On Wednesday 27th May, 2020, the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) convened a webinar on the theme ‘Using the Power of Your Voice to Change the Society’ with H. E. Fatima Maada Bio First Lady of Sierra Leone. It was Moderated from the United Kingdom by Ms. Nonye Omotola, the webinar had in attendance more than eighty (80) participants from different parts of the globe.

Download Communique here, and watch youtube video


AWLO Webinar: Women in the Frontline in Crisis Time

On Wednesday 6th May, 2020, the African Women in Leadership Organisation AWLO Webinar was a panel discussion on the theme ‘Women in the Frontline in Crisis Time: Rethinking Impact and the Challenges of Leadership’.

The virtual panel was attended by up to eighty-one (81) participants from Africa, North America, Europe and Asia. Moderated by Prof. Uduak Archibong MBE of the University of Bradford, United Kingdom, the panel discussion expanded discourse on the sociology of women participation in leadership at different levels and sectors, namely the media, the arts, politics, family and at personal levels.

Panelists were Osasu Igbinadion, Anze Mofor, Guy Murray-Bruce, Yiling Li.

Download Communique here


Remaining Resilient through Crisis and Changes with Jewel Howard-Taylor

In line with the objectives of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), it held a town-hall meeting on 13th May 2020.

Facilitated by the Founder of AWLO, Dr. Elisha Attai, this was an opportunity to build trust and confidence in the AWLO community; as they converse with an African woman in leadership, to build resilience through the changing times. The town hall was held in conversation with Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor; Vice President of Liberia.

African Women in Leadership Organisation is a non-for-profit organization for the advancement of African Women’s Leadership globally. In furtherance of our objectives, is the facilitation of high level meetings, for inclusive decision making; towards the development of African Women, and the region.

The areas of focus of the meeting were, women’s peacebuilding and justice, leveraging crisis and adversity, and women channeling their voices for equitable institutions. In all, anchoring resilience in diverse context; be it sociopolitical or socioeconomic.

The Communique therefore captures highlights of the conversation, and collective input of 80 Private and Public Sector Leaders from Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and United States. This digital convocation was moderated by Prof. Uduak Archibong, MBE; Director Center for Inclusion and Diversity University of Bradford, UK.

Download communique here, and watch youtube video


Creating the Africa We Want with Arikana Chihombori-Quao

H.E. Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao Virtual Dialogue With Leaders on Creating the Africa We Want; was hosted by AWLO, on the 24th of April 2020. This was in line with the objectives of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO).

African Women in Leadership Organisation is a non-for-profit organization for advancing African Women’s Leadership globally. In furtherance of our objectives, is the facilitation of high level meetings, for consultations, and inclusive decision making; for the development of African Women, and the region.

Creating the Africa We Want was a strategic meeting on the work of HE Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao and her organization African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI); to provide inclusive opportunities in the development of Africa, and leverage resources for the Her Excellency’s developmental aspirations. It’s focus was majorly on the role of the African Diaspora in such development efforts.

The Communique on Creating the Africa We Want hereby captures deliberations, and collective input of Leaders from Private Sector and Public Sector present. It also specifically highlights the efforts of ADDI in the development of Africa and the organization’s call to action.

This communique contains collective inputs of Leaders and does not represent the opinion of African Women in Leadership Organisation.

Download Communique here and Watch on YouTube


African Women in Leadership Conference- Sierra Leone 2020 Theme: Women, Peacebuilding, and Environment

The African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) announces and invites members of the global community to her 12th Annual African Women in Leadership Conference (AWLC). With more than a decade-long history of impact, holding the reins of women’s leadership, the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) continues to unlock new doors to African women and African American women’s leadership advancement.

Every year, stakeholders build workforces to deliver gender parity, as a result of AWLC’s impact in the private sector, public sector, and civil society engagement. While also building bridges for dialogue between women and stakeholders, AWLC creates capacity building opportunities to engage women as primary stakeholders.in the advancement of women’s leadership.

After a highly engaging 2019 African Women in Leadership Conference at Kigali Rwanda marked by the support of the Government of Rwanda, Sierra Leone is set to host the 12th edition of the African Women in Leadership Conference. The aim is to confer and galvanize action towards creating the rubric for peace-building while maximizing the environment to advance women’s potential.

AWLC Sierra Leone 2020 shall call for Paper presentations from Academics, Researchers, Corporations, NGOs and Public entities. As a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact.
AWLO engages in work to support the UN Women’s mission and promote corporate Sustainability through the ten Principles. Conference Sessions will highlight concerns on the environment, and the
impact of its exploitation on women, and the assets that are women in playing pivotal roles in peacebuilding. It assesses the potential impacts of multi-sectoral collaborations in mapping, negotiating and navigating the future of Women already facing the threats of environmental and climate change and multiple forms of violence, globally.

I consider it a privilege to stir a movement, calling on people of all genders to work in togetherness for changing the narrative of gender relations and social balance. This is the tenets on which AWLC is built – cultivating togetherness towards advancing women’s leadership. There is nothing like when we contribute towards deepening the global vision of sustainable development”, says Dr. Elisha Attai, Founder of the African Women in Leadership Organisation.

The Chief Host of the African Women in Leadership Conference Sierra Leone 2020, Her Excellency the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Fatima Bio, says To empower the woman is to empower her immediate and larger society for the greater good.

Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio, First Lady of Sierra Leone.

For her this is a proud moment, to participate in forging new gender narratives in Africa, as she puts it that “Pushing the envelope for women liberation in corporate, social and political engagements as well as their stability and collective progress is the way to go at this time”.

AWLO welcomes international delegates of all genders, and all works of life, from all parts of the world to African Women in Leadership Conference Sierra Leone 2020. It holds from 2nd to 5th April 2020 at the Freetown International Conference Centre, Bintumani, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Call for participation and paper presentations open soon.


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