Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Uyo. Akwa Ibom

Workshop | Induction Dinner |Awards
The Leadership Experience for Female Leaders.

December 15-17

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Leaders from all works of life

Father of the day

His Excellency, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (GCFR)

Former Head of State, Nigeria

Mother of the day

Her Excellency, Professor (Dame) Uche Azikiwe (MFR)

Wife of the First president of Nigeria

Keynote Speaker

Her Excellency, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel

First Lady, Akwa Ibom State

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#1Mother1Child Awareness Walk

1Mother1Child is changing the lives of Children & young adults, through tangible educational support. The Call to Motherhood is a call to Leadership, therefore AWLO is encouraging women leaders to Sign up to the #1Mother1Child program, to support the education of at least one Child/Young Adult.
AWLO also seeks help to sustain our pool of children & young adults from IDP Camps, Orphanages, and Public Schools enrolled in the program through donation and sponsorship/partnership.
Our instruments so far have been tuition, scholarships, exchange programs, back to school packs, Free Professional Trainings, Examination Preparatory Classes, Post-Secondary Examination Enrollment and others.

Leadership Workshop

Let’s help you plot the perfect Leadership Journey in your sector. As a Senior or Junior Staff, in Public or Private Sector, Entrepreneur or Professional; let’s help you find your spring ball.
Women have outstanding careers ahead of them, but it can be overwhelming to live out yourfull potential. Oh yes! But it is possible.
Where do I start from? What lies ahead of me? How do I have a fulfilling Leadership experience? How do I connect with the People that matter most to me? and how do I leave a lasting impact? These are some of the questions that may be burning in your heart.
Let’s help you connect the dots in a practical leadership workshop on The Power of Purpose Driven Leadership.

Induction Dinner

Rites of Ceremony to induct AWLO Members of year 2017, featuring keynote speeches from outstanding African Leaders; General Yakubu Gowon; Nigerian Former Head of State, Chief Opral Benson; Prof. Uche Nnamdi Azikiwe; Renowned Educator & Wife of Nigeria’s First President -President Nnamdi Azikiwe, Wife of Executive Governor Akwa Ibom State; Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel and others. Red Carpet, Awards, and others.
– Orphanage Visit & Thanksgiving
– Annual rites to mark end-of-year

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Dec 15


Awareness Walk


Leadership Workshop


Red Carpet, Awards, and others.

Dec 16

Orphanage Visit
Mother Charles walker Children’s home Anua

Dec 17


Annual rites to mark end-of-year

Meet Our



Father of the Day

His Excellency, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (GCFR)

His Excellency, Gen. Yakubu Gowon is a former Military Head of State of Nigeria, from 1966-75. He is the President and Chairman Board of Trustees of The Yakubu Gowon Centre for National Unity and International Co-operation (YGC); an NGO to further the cause of Nigerian unity for a strong and united Nigeria, free of disease and poverty, where every citizen has an opportunity for self-expression and the realization of their full potentials.


Mother of the Day

Her Excellency, Professor (Dame) Uche Azikiwe (MFR)

Her Excellency, Professor (Dame) Uche Azikiwe is a Nigerian academic, educator and author. She is the widow of former President of Nigeria Nnamdi Azikiwe She is a professor at University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In 1999, she was appointed to the board of directors of the Central Bank of Nigeria.


Keynote Speaker

Her Excellency Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel

Mrs. Udom Emmanuel’s Family Empowerment & Youth Reorientation Program is her pet project as the First Lady of Akwa Ibom State, to support families and restore values, provide reorientation, and empower young people of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.


AWLO Founder/President

Hon. Dr. Elisha Attai

Elisha Attai is a media, communications and public relations practitioner. A strong advocate for the development and advancement of the African woman, he is the founder of the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), the initiator and organiser of the African Women in Leadership Conference (AWLC).


AWLO BOT Chairperson

Chief (Dr.) Opral Benson, OON, DF. IoD, CSA

Chief (Dr.) Opral Benson is the Chairperson AWLO Board of Trustees. She is the Liberian Consulate to Nigeria, and pioneer beauty expert in Nigeria. She is wife of Late Senator Benson, she is a serial achiever with impressive track record in Public and Private Sector Management. She currently sits on the Board of many corporations including Guarantee Trust Bank, Nigeria and a recipient of numerous awards in Africa and beyond.


Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Violet Arene

Dr. Violet Arene is a key contributor to the New Education policy of 6-3-3-4 system. Since retirement as General Manager of NNPC she now runs her private Management Consultancy practice. Also very dear to her heart, is the movement to empower young women which she forges through her TV Show – Voice of Eve, and not-for-profit, and as the Global Youth Matron of AWLO, where she is also a board member. Dr. Arene is author of nineteen books.


Special Guest

Her Excellency, Mrs. Eberechi Suzzette Wike

Her Excellency, Eberechi Suzzette Wike has an outstanding Law Career spanning 20 years of experience. She has steadily risen through the ranks since 1997, and is currently a High Court Judge in Rivers State Nigeria. She is also the First lady of Rivers State Nigeria.


Special Guest

Her Excellency, Hadiza El-Rufai

Her Excellency, Hadiza El-Rufai has Excellent Academic Portfolio. She recently bagged a Degree in Creative Writing from the UK. She is Passionate about Writing, with credit to published works. She is on the board of Sarafina Books, and has leadership Track record in prominent parastal organisations in Nigeria such as former National Electric Power Authority (NEPA). She is currently the First Lady of Kaduna State, and describes herself as a Mother of all Children.


Special Guest

Her Excellency, Hajiya Mariya Aminu waziri Tambuwal

Her Excellency, Hajiya Mariya Aminu waziri Tambuwal is Winner of the Most Performing First Lady in Nigeria. She is known for actively upholding the rights of Women and also proactive about ensuring that every child gets the basic education. Hajiya Mariya is the First lady of Sokoto State Nigeria.


Special Guest

Her Excellency, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo

Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo is a Nigerian medical doctor, politician and the first female Deputy Governor of Rivers State. A member of the People’s Democratic Party, She has assumed the positions of Director of Public Health Services, Acting Commissioner, Director-General and Permanent Secretary in Rivers State Nigeria. She achieved prominence first in 1995, as Secretary to the Government of Rivers State before serving as Head of Service of the state. She was elected Deputy Governor and assumed office on 29 May 2015.



Mr. Ubong King

Mr. Ubong King is a Management expert and adviser to Diplomatic and Government Agencies on Land and Maritime Security. He believes the trend of insecurity is traceable to youth unemployment and unrest. He runs a Social Reengineering Platform to bring young energetic minds to identify their talents, develop skills and build structures, to take them away from negative vices. In the youth fold he is popularly known as ‘The Trouble maker’



Chief Dele Momodu

Chief Dele Momodu is a Journalist with acclaimed works such as ‘PENdulum’ column on This Day Magazine which highlights topical Nigerian Issues, and has received international attention. Even more prominent is his Ovation Group which powers the -Ovation Magazine, Ovation Red Carol, and Ovation TV. He is known for his strong affiliations with World Leaders such as Late M.K.O Abiola, Queen Elizabeth, President Bill Clinton, and others.



Violet Aniema Enahoro

Violet Aniema Enahoro decided to pursue her real passion in flying after her degree. She studied for and attained certifications at various stages in her flying career From South Africa USA, Canada, and France. She presently flies the Boeing 737 classics, she has also flown the bombardier dash 8s. Violet is also an entrepreneur and lifestyle coach; a proponent of using nutrition to fight illnesses.



Mrs. Ezinne Kufre – Ekanem

Ezinne Kufre-Ekanem is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur. Her company, Rosemary’s Soft Furnishing finds ways to soar in the face of debilitating economic situations. Her strategy is to explore local content in the decorating industry, through this she has successfully created opportunities and contributed to build the Nigerian economy.



Nathan Kwabena Anokye-Adisi

Nathan Kwabena Anokye-Adisi better known as BOLA RAY, is one of Ghana’s most renowned, pioneering radio and television personalities and has developed into one of the nation’s foremost authorities in media management, business development and event production. He is an icon for possibility, perseverance, discipline and success with humility. As a visionary with a keen eye for talent, he inspires those that follow in his entrepreneurial, philanthropic and artistic footsteps.


Special Guest

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa

Senator Florence Ita-Giwa is a spouse of the late journalist Dele Giwa.
she was elected a member of the Federal House of Representatives 1992-93. She became involved in Bakassi affairs, and earned the nickname “Mama Bakassi“.
She was elected Senator for the Cross River South constituency of Cross River State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, from May 1999 to May 2003. After leaving the senate in 2003, she joined the People’s Democratic Party PDP, and became President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters.



Captain Kgomotso Phatsima

Captain Kgomotso Phatsima is a military pilot and a flight safety officer in Botswana Defence Force. She is among the first female officers to ever fly the country’s military planes with 8years experience in military aviation.
Captain Kgomotso Phatsima is the President of Dare to Dream, a non profit organisation aimed at encouraging the advancement of youth, women and girls in aviation and aerospace as well as STEM education awareness. She is also a Co Founder and a member of Women in Aviation Botswana Chapter.



Mrs. Tina Njoku-Opara

Mrs. Tina Njoku-Opara refers to herself as a ‘virtuous woman’ as she believes it’s not about being perfect, but ‘living a life of purpose’. She is the CEO of Tin group of Companies, where she employs over 250 team members; this she believes is her way of contributing to Nigeria’s economic development. Primarily she’s zealous for God, family, and business. She is a go-getter, and never believes in impossibilities.



Her Excellency, Mrs. Alayingi Sylva

Her Excellency Mrs Alayingi Sylva is the co-initiator and project Director of the #1mother1child project by African Women in Leadership Organisation. She is also the International Director(Africa) for the African Women in Business Organisation. She is the CEO of Ganye Gardens Hotel and also of Blossom Natural Food Industries Limited. She is on the board of several Multi-nationals and international Company. She was given the African Women in Public Life Excellence Award by Executive Reach UK and several other awards by numerous Organization and Agencies both home and abroad.



Mr. Churchill Udoh

Mr. Churchill Tom Udoh is a Patron of AWLO.
He has a 15 year brilliant career banking experience with Zenith bank, Allstates Trust bank, Devcom bank, and Fidelity bank, where he retired as Group Head, Institutional and Investment banking. He is the founder & CEO of Westgate Group of Companies, one of the organizations, with branches in Nigeria, Dubai and Guanzho in China.
He is a life coach, public and motivation speaker of note.


Special Guest

Her Excellency, Mrs Toyin Saraki

Her Excellency Mrs Toyin Saraki is the Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA). She is a Nigerian philanthropist with two decades of advocacy She is an advocate of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in Nigeria, global advocate of the UN’s Every Woman Every Child campaign. She is on the board of the Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and the board of the Africa Justice Foundation. She was the former first lady of Kwara State.


Special Guest

Laila St Matthew

Laila St. Matthew-Daniel is an executive coach, leadership trainer, speaker, author, women’s rights activist and writer. She is the founder and President of ACTS Generation GBV, a non-governmental organization which combats domestic violence and child abuse in Nigeria. She has organized various sensitization seminars and workshops to empower women on the issues of self-mastery, self-awareness, and self- actualization.


Special Guest

Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke

Onofiok Akpan Luke is a lawyer and legislator in Akwa Ibom State Nigeria. He is the current Speaker of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly. In his local constituency, Luke’s achievements are mostly evident in his efforts towards youth capacity-building and in his human empowerment initiatives. More than 600 youths and women have benefited from both schemes in two years. He is an Associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI). He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).


Special Guest

Senator Bassey Albert

Senator Bassey Albert is Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has served as a Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State Nigeria. He was the Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Direct Labour Coordinating Committee, and also appointed as the Chairman of the Senate committee on Gas Resources at the National House of Assembly Nigeria.


Special Guest

Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong



Umo Eno

Umo Eno is an entrepreneur, administrator and Pastor. An accomplished hospitality expert; He is the CEO and Governor of Royalty Hotel & Suites, Eket Nigeria, and a fellow of the Nigerian Catering and Hotel Institute (FNCHI). In 1997, he established Royalty Hotels and Recreations Limited to provide specialized hospitality service with a global mindset. He has keen interest in human capital development of youths; creating direct employment for more than 500 people across the country.


Non AWLO Members

For a fee of 15,000, participants will benefit from all sessions in this event including good meals
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AWLO Members

All fully registered members of AWLO will pay 10,000 for all sessions in this event including meals
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Special 15% Discounted Offer for rooms at Le Meridien. Use the code “AWLO“ to make room reservation at 35,000 Naira per night. Call +2348080527411 for Assistance. Limited rooms available

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Awareness Walk Route

Take off point is Four Lanes Roundabout, through Edet Akpan Avenue, and ends at Diamond Place Ewet Housing Estate Uyo

Workshop Facility

Duellaz Landmark Events

B Line, Opposite Millionaire’s Club, Ewet Housing, Uyo. Akwa Ibom

Induction Dinner

Nwaiba Hall 2

Le Méridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, the pride of Uyo, Akwa Ibom


Mother Charles walker Children’s home

Anua, Akwa Ibom State

Thanksgiving Service

Power City International

Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

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Main venue

Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Uyo. Akwa Ibom


Nwaniba Road, PMB 1200, 021189, Uyo, Nigeria





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