Nuggets and Rare Inspiration from AWLO Anambra State Chapter Launch

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AWLO Anambra State Chapter Launch yesterday, was graced by the Wife of the First president of Nigeria, Dame Uche Azikiwe (MFR). As several generations gathered, there was an outpour of wisdom from the Late Elder Stateman’s wife to the younger women. She expressed her delight in AWLO’s movement of Women Leadership because for her, “To run without women is to run with one leg” and “if you forget women, you are going nowhere”, as she quoted Leadership Icons; Julius Nyerere and Nelson Mandela.

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Dame Uche was also decorated as a Patron of the African Women in Leadership Organisation by the Board of Trustees of the organization, who saw her contributions as potent in driving AWLO’s vision.

The visionary of AWLO, Hon. Elisha Attai who was proud of the newest addition to AWLO – AWLO Anambra Chapter & the show of support by Dame Uche Azikiwe, assured women of AWLO’s commitment of providing a first-class platform with resources and leaders who will offer the right mentoring.

The Global Youth Matron of AWLO; Dr. Violet Arene, imparted motivated the  Anambra women, urging them to rise up to the historic leadership of the Anambra Heroines. Also in attendance were the Chapter Coordinators for Lagos and Rivers State; Mrs. Maureen Omeibe & Mrs. Ajoke Enebeli. Mrs. Noeleen Ojugbana; the coördinator of the Anambra State Chapter will be championing the Organisation’s cause for Anambra State.  Queen Mercy Atang; the present Miss International World Classic became the organization’s first Global Young Leader/Ambassador.


AWLO Toastmasters Club Coming Soon!

Toastmasters District 94 Director; Ganiatou Sambaou, yesterday paid a visit to the African Women in Leadership Organisation International Headquarters in Lagos, during her visit to Nigeria.  The visit has begun the process of solidifying a Toastmasters club in AWLO.

According to the founder of AWLO; Hon. Elisha Attai, The African Women in Leadership Organisation finds shared values with Toastmasters International. Toastmasters is known to groom leaders to become great speakers, and as AWLO is in the business of delivering the best of female leaders for the world this synergy becomes a catalyst.

As a result of this development, AWLO has started preparations for its first Demo Club meeting to officially open the club to AWLO Members. More update about this, coming soon.

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President and Founder of AWLO with Toastmasters Ganiatou Sambaou President and Founder of AWLO with Toastmaster Ganiatou Sambaou




Young Leaders Wall of Fame: Yaye Souadou Fall

It is super amazing to see young people step up to do great things around the Globe. And youngsters in Africa and the black community are not left out of this audacious rebirth. This week on Young Leaders Wall of Fame, I have  Yaye Souadou Fall of Senegal.

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Yaye is the co-founder and President of E-cover, an entreprise that recycles and repurposes tires into useful products such as shoe soles, tiles for playgrounds, courtyards, terraces, and even floor coverings for swimming pools to mention a few.

Young Leaders Hall of Fame: Yaye Souadou Fall

Whilst growing up, the 21 year old saw the need to help her community, which was littered with tires and materials plastics. This graduate of Business Administration and Management from ISM Dakar, currently has six employees and hope to increase the number soon. She is fluent in 5 languages and is responsible for the marketing and the management of her business.

The products from E-cover are used by many sports centres and individuals in several municipalities in Senegal. The recycled tires and plastics are also used on the development of urban roads and have helped reduced the carbon footprint in her community. Yaye’s company has also helped to increased import substitution and offers companies opportunities to fulfill their Corporate Social Responsibilities.

In the next five years, she hopes to diversify into other forms of plastic waste which can be channeled into alternative uses like in 3-D printing and clothing.
Kudus Yaye Souadou!

Black Girl Magic!

AWLO Lagos GCEP Gives Financial Empowerment, Free Cancer Screening to 300 Plus Indigent Women

The Lagos State Chapter of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), recently Unveiled her Grassroot Connect Empowerment Project (GCEP) on the 30th of May 2017, where 51 indigent women were empowered with different financial packages from Two Hundred Thousand to Twenty Five Thousand Naira, and over 300 Women given free cervical cancer screening.

The program was aimed at reaching out to the indigent women in Lagos State on the 50th anniversary of the State, and saw in Attendance the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation for Lagos State, Hon Lola Akande, and also the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary and Directors.

The Access Bank team led by the Group Head of Women and Inclusive Banking; Mrs. Ope Wemi-Jones was also on ground to empower the women by giving a free small-scale enterprise management and financial literacy training. Under the GCEP Project also, 30 Women are going to be trained by GCEP’s partner skill acquisition centers in Nigeria.

The Founder/President of AWLO; Hon. Elisha Attai, emphasized on the need for the beneficiaries to take the guidelines provided, to enable the visualization of the goals of the project, for their benefit and sustainability. The AWLO BOT Chairperson; Chief Opral Benson, AWLO Secretary General; Barr. Emem Daniel, Magistrate Helen Umana; AWLO Akwa Ibom State Coordinator.

The project also Attracted Notable Women who emerged as Ambassadors of the project, and the AWLO Lagos Chapter Coordinator; Mrs Maureen Omeibe, assured the indigent Women that GCEP was conceptualized to specifically bring relief to the needing population of Grassroot Women resident in Lagos.Trading Support was given out to the Women.

A monitoring team on strategy and implementation was also set up to ensure that the beneficiaries are being guided through the process of starting their businesses. The AWLO Lagos Coordinator promised that a repeat of the GCEP project will take place in December 2017 and will be far more reaching.




New AWLO Youth Council Launched in Abuja

More and more Chapters of the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) Youth Council are springing up, thereby giving momentum to the vision of AWLO. The African Women in Leadership Organisation which launched its Youth Council last year in a bid to include the next generation in the grand scheme of developing effective female leaders for Africa, has launched its Abuja Chapter Youth Council yesterday at the Nicon Luxury Hotel Abuja.

This event facilitated the familiarization of the youth with the vision and mission of AWLO, which they readily resonated with, as some found it to align with their personal ambition. “My aspiration is to be a woman of worth, who is going to contribute and give back to the society and also develop myself to be a better leader.” said Mrs Mary Ochigbo a member of the Youth Council. They also pledged their commitment to the fulfillment of the organizational goals. “I promise to walk the talk”, said Ms. Lois Dandam.

Hon. Elisha Attai, the founder of AWLO, in his speech, described AWLO Youth Council as a continuum to bridge the gap of female leadership and cultivate young women between ages 18 and 35 into worthy assets of leadership for the continent. He presented how the AWLO Youth Council was structured for effective impact from The Global Matron, Country Matrons, Country Presidents, Chapter Coordinators and Executives, and being driven by dynamite youth council members. He also recognized the Global Youth Matron of AWLO, Dr. Violet Arene in absentia for inspiring the AWLO Youth Council Movement.

The Abuja Chapter Coordinator Ms. Doris Joseph also welcomed the youth, which she put through AWLO’s objectives. She and her team put together a successful inaugural event. The Abuja Youth council will be led by the Youth Council Coordinator – Ms Patience Diana Dangaru.
In attendance also were AWLO Executives; Mrs. Ajoke Enebeli- AWLO Rivers State Chapter Coordinator and Mr. Chidi Jacobs, Director Capacity Building & Strategy.

The Keynote Speaker Barr. Timipre Wolo spoke on ‘Overcoming the fear factor’ a limiting factor in self actualization in the lives of young people. Barr. Julie Donli- The DG of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP also spoke on the spate of female trafficking, and how it is limiting women from attaining their full potential. She encouraged youths to be invested in empowering themselves so as not to fall prey. Nanneh Kemte-Giadom also encouraged young women to explore opportunities in business for empowerment. The floor was also open for Q & A.

The AWLO Youth Council is a breath of fresh air to young women in Abuja as it will channel their potentials, and prepare them to emerge as well-grounded leaders for Africa. The Abuja Chapter Youth Council Coordinator, Ms Dangaru expressed her pleasure about this development, and she said; “The missions and vision of AWLO has is a revelation for youths especially women to see and pursue careers, that can add value and enhance the role of women in nation building. There has an immediate show of willingness to register and become members of AWLO by the Youths and this is a good sign. it would be a marvel to see that Youths especially women are engaged in national discuss and dialogue.”

She also shared a bit on their exciting agenda, “We’ll be having more registered youths, and creating awareness in Secondary Schools on hygiene, leadership, scholarship and women empowerment.”

Here are pictures from the inaugural event.

AWLO Abuja Chapter Youth Council Launch L-R: Ms. Doris Joseph; AWLO Abuja Chapter Coordinator, Ms. Patience Dangaru; AWLO Abuja, Youth Council Coordinator, Hon. Elisha Attai; Founder/President AWLO (middle), Mrs. Ajoke Enebeli; AWLO Rivers State Chapter Coordinator.


AWLO Abuja Chapter Youth Council Launch AWLO President/Founder; Hon. Elisha Attai


AWLO Abuja Chapter Youth Council Launch


AWLO Abuja Chapter Youth Council Launch Barr. Timipre Wolo


AWLO Abuja Chapter Youth Council Launch Mrs. Nanneh Kemte-Giadom


Barr. Julie Donli; DG National Agency for Prohibition against Trafficking in Persons


AWLO Abuja Chapter Youth Council Launch AWLO Abuja Chapter Coordinator; Ms. Doris Joseph


Abuja Youth Council Launch L-R; Ms. Doris Joseph, Barr. Julie Donli, Lauretta Achudume



AWLO Abuja Chapter Youth Council Launch Mr Chidi Jacob; AWLO Director of Capacity Building & Strategy


AWLO Abuja Chapter Youth Council Launch Lauretta Achudume; Moderator


AWLO Youth Council