This year’s African Women in Leadership Conference (AWLC), organised by African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) held in Accra Ghana, from the 29th March – 1st April 2017, and was themed; Unleashing the Power, Inspiring Greatness.
In the words of the founder of African Women in Leadership Organisation, Hon. Elisha Attai; “We all have a Voice, We need to be heard. We need to overcome our fears, insecurities, and stereotypes. There in Lies our Power…” This he proactively reiterated in his address, on how women should empower themselves and unlock their potentials to greatness.
The First Lady of Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Akufuo-Addo, also emphasized on women becoming active participants in leadership. In her keynote address she rightly observed, “If we do not drive, we’ll be driven. If we do not control, we’ll be controlled. The only thing that the driven and controlled get to do is complain.”
The Second lady of the republic of Ghana, Mrs. Samira Bawumia was also present at this event. In attendance at the Conference were also: Zimbabwean Ambassador to Ghana and Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Ghana; Amb. Pavelyn Mukasa, UN AIDS Country Director; Girmay Haile, Deputy Governor of Rivers State Nigeria; Dr. (Mrs.) Ipalibo Harry-Banigo and AWLO Global Executives.
The speaker sessions began with Fatima Alimohamed; CEO of African Brand Warrior speaking on the topic; ‘The Brand Called You’, followed by Agnes Emefa Essah; CMO Vodafone Ghana on ‘Authenticity: A Power from Within’, then Mrs. Dayo Keshi; on ‘A Woman Enough‘.
This year’s conference also featured two panel discussions; having Girmay Haile, Prince Etornam Attipoe, Elisha Attai, and Dr. Alaa El-Halwagy speak on The role of men in gender equity, and Renee Boateng, Udeme Etibensi, Gugulethu Makhari, Freda Addu, Nora Bannerman speak on; Is a Woman just a Pretty Face?
Dr. Alaa El-Halwagy of Innovative Group USA introduced the use of the True Colours Resource- A resource that uses a simple but fun personality intervention and communication tool to enhance understanding of one self and others- in a workshop, to teach women how to overcome emotional intolerance thereby enhancing their leadership potential.
This event drew to a close at a gala event on the 31st March, where outstanding leaders were honored with awards. Her Excellecies, Mrs. Rebecca Akufuo-Addo; first Lady of Ghana, and Dr. Ipalibo Harry-Banigo; Deputy Governor, Rivers State Nigeria were awarded the famous ‘Woman of Worth‘ Award. Hon. Elisha Attai, the founder of AWLO was also awarded a well deserved ‘The Gentle Man’ Award.
Here are the pictures from African Women in Leadership Conference 2017.