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On Preparing Grounds for #AWLCATLANTA2017, What AWLO Founder/President; Hon. Elisha Attai has Been Up To

I have traveled across continents to Atlanta Georgia USA, to convene African Women in Leadership Diaspora Conference 2017 a.k.a #AWLCATLANTA2017. It’s been a warm reception, thanks to the super USA Team led by our AWLO USA VP, Emilia Orubele. I am proud of the formidable team, and what they have been putting together.

Speaking of which, we are on finishing touches for the Conference, and I am super excited! Can you imagine gathering women of African Descent from different works of life to have conversations, deliberations, capacity building, and expand their networks, ultimately to advance their leadership status? This is what I live for; to see that women take their rightful place as home and nation builders with equal rights and opportunities. We will talk more about this during the conference.

Here is What I Have Been up to Since Arriving

My team and I met with the Director, Mayor’s Office of International Affairs City of Atlanta; Claire Angelle, to solidify ties.

 

I was also warmly welcomed by wife of the Nigerian Consulate General in Atlanta, Mrs. Idowu Laro, at the Nigeria House in Atlanta

 

 

AWLO USA VP; Emilia Orubele and I, had great time-out with DJ Ezzy B & Shontica Wallace of 106 live radio Atlanta

 

These are Some of the Wonderful People I Met With

It was an honor to meet with Asnath Mahapa; the first black female pilot in South Africa. She is the founder of African College of Aviation, and pilot of South African Airways.

 

 

I also met with Sam Tandon, MBA; V.P- World Trade Center Atlanta, Board Director.

 

 

I Met with John Eaves, Ph.D. – Fulton County Commission Chairman. The leading candidate for the office of MAYOR OF ATLANTA this year.

 

To crown my efforts with the best news yet, AWLO is now officially recognized as a 501(c) organization in the federal law of the United States. More news on this coming soon.

I can’t wait to see you in Atlanta!

Hon. Elisha Attai
Founder/President African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO)


PRESS RELEASE: African Women in Leadership Diaspora Conference Set to Converge 500 Women Leaders in Atlanta USA with Exciting Features Such as Workshops, Exhibitions, Panels, B2B Meetings, Networking and lots more.

It’s the season of African Women in Leadership Diaspora Conference, and delegates are getting set to converge in Atlanta USA this summer. African Women in Leadership Diaspora Conference has in the last few years converged the ‘who is who’ amongst African Leaders, for a discourse to bridge the gap of actualization of African Female leadership. This discourse is well represented with key players such as policy makers, activists, private sector individuals, and gender-friendly men. It is also a time for capacity-building for women in leadership.

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Young Leader Wall of Fame: Saran Kaba Jones

Water is  crucial  in accomplishing  Africa’s development goals. Africa faces endemic poverty, food insecurity and pervasive underdevelopment, with almost all countries lacking the human, economic and institutional capacities to effectively develop and manage their water resources sustainably. According to the United Nations, 768 million people worldwide are without access to improved water sources. One of the most marginalized areas affected by this is Rivercess County, Liberia, where only one-fifth of its 80,000 population has access to clean water. This week, Saran Kaba Jones is on our Young leader wall of fame; as she is one the young people who have taken it upon themselves to create lasting changes in their community and country at large. Saran is a social entrepreneur and the Founder and CEO of FACE Africa, a community development organization working to strengthen water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and services in rural communities across sub-Saharan Africa.

Saran Kaba Jones is a global citizen, clean water advocate, fortune hunter, wife and a Mother. From a very young age she was exposed to a world of diplomacy, travel and community service. This paved the way for her and helped her to focus on  something that would help people in a meaningful way; thus,the FACE Africa intiative.



Saran was born in Liberia but left the country at eight, shortly before the country’s civil war began. Saran spent her formative years living in Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France and Cyprus before moving to the United States in 1999.  On returning to Liberia almost 20 years after, Saran was chagrined to find her country in dire need for clean water and made it her mission to help. She  focused on providing safe drinking water, sanitation and empowering women and girls through education and skills training.

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Face Africa started out as a project to give back and contribute to improving lives in Liberia. When she realised the impact of Face Africa upon completion of her  first project in October 2009, she decided to focus on the Project fully. She launched FACE Africa, and decided to quit her job to focus on running the organization full time. It was a hard decision for Sara to make at that time.

In an interview with a popular  website, Saran stated “we completed our 20th project recently and our projects combined have impacted over 10,000 people in Monrovia and its outskirts. In January of 2013, we launched an ambitious new initiative to provide clean water coverage to the entire county of River Cess, one of the most marginalized and under-served counties in Liberia. We’re calling it our ‘County by County’ commitment and the goal is to construct 250 clean water points, which will provide clean water access to over 60,000 people. The plan will cost about $1.2 million and take place over 3 – 5 years so it’s a huge undertaking but once completed will be a major accomplishment for us and for Liberia”.

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Saran used her company, Face Africa launched in 2009 to raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from JP Morgan Chase, Coca Cola, the Voss Foundation, P&G, Chevron and the Robert Bosch Foundation to build over 50 WASH projects and  has reached 25,000 people in rural Liberia. Face Africa was also at the forefront of Ebola response efforts in Rivercess County, Liberia, where they conducted social mobilization, prevention and awareness and community engagement programs.


Face Africa was launched in 2009.


Saran says, “I decided to focus on water because water is life and directly affects every area of development. Children cannot attend school if they are sick from dirty water, and adults suffering from water-borne illnesses overwhelm hospitals and cannot go to work. Hours spent looking for and collecting clean water mean hours not spent adding to a family’s economic well being. It made sense to tackle the issue of water because without it, a country cannot make true progress in terms of development”.

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Saran is also a board member of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group West/Center Africa and a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She was listed by the Guardian UK as one of Africa’s 25 Top Women Achievers alongside President Joyce Banda of Malawi and Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee.  She  has received the Longines/ Town&Country “Women Who Make A Difference’ Award for her work with FACE Africa.



I also read an article that stated that saran is a  frequent speaker on topics including water infrastructure, entrepreneurship and gender equality and has served on panels at the World Economic Forum, Harvard University, MIT, the London School of Economics, and the African Union. She is also a member of the U.S. State Department’s International Information Programs (IIP) and frequently conducts workshops globally on entrepreneurship. She has been selected as a TED Fellow, a prestigious international program comprising leaders from across the world (TEDGlobal 2017 Fellows). And  she is first Ted fellow from Liberia.

I envisage a reader might say, ‘ she had a platform and he/she does not”. But am sorry to counter that notion by saying that; we can all make a difference; starting small.

Every little effort we put into a cause, springs up some how- only if we are dedicated to that cause/endeavour.

Saran’s zeal and achievement shows how much young people are making a huge difference across the global.

What is stopping you though?

You are Gold!


Young Leaders Wall of Fame: Roshawnna Novellus

I am super excited to write about this lady, whose achievement is astounding. She is a testimony that young people, more so, young black women are capable of being many things at the same time and be good at it too. Dr Roshawnna Novellus has earned the Young Leader Wall of Fame this week because she is an exemplar for young women everywhere.

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Young Leaders Wall of Fame: Roshawnna Novellus


Roshawanna is a co-founder of Bootstrap Capital.  She is also the founder of a startup funding, a weekly podcast that features experts in the field of finance and other investment related matters.  Roshawnna is often regarded as the ultimate guide to mastering finance, science, technology and business intelligence. Isn’t this amazing!

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Novellus is an enrolled agent that is federally licensed to represent and resolve high-level tax disputes. She is also a  world traveler who has journeyed to over 50 countries and 5 continents, and is certified in yoga philosophy and instruction in Thailand.

The most fascinating part of her story will be from an excerpt from Greg Hill:

“She received over $600,000 in scholarships. She bought her first house at 22 & a few years later obtained her doctorate in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. After working a few years, she decided to start her own business and move to Miami.
In less than 1 year she booked a one-way ticket back to Atlanta leaving everything behind. Fast forward a few years and now she is a successful finance entrepreneur, author, coach & angel investor.”


yoga philosopher and instructor


This is to motivate young girls out there; there is more to being pretty. We can add more acumen and be descrided as “beauty with brains”. Dr Roshawnna has been able to bridge the gaps and found the balance with work, finance, life and her goals. She is better known as The Wealthy Yogi because of her agility and foresight in science, entrepreneurship, fitness, travel, and creativity.

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Reading through her profile online and asked myself; what is stopping you though!?

We are young, we are free and we are free to be anything we want to be. We can also use this opportunity to prove to the older generation that, although we are millennials, we are blessed to be able to be anything at any time, achieve so much at a young age, live our lives without boundaries and still impact and shape our society positively. Roshawnna’s story shows the extent to which education can propel women to achieve more and not be tagged as an accessory for the home.

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Stay woke sisters!


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


 

 

 

 

 

 


Control That One Variable Called Work Ethic

Can luck make one successful? Maybe. But you are truly successful because of one or a mix of these; effective use of your time, smartness in handling responsibilities and rightly positioning yourself in the right place with the right people. But being successful is not enough. It has to be passionately maintained. This can only be done through hard workethic – the ladder through which you got there in the first place. That is the one variable you can control.

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A lot of people are not working up to 100% of their capacity. When you have decided on what you want to do, give it your best. Work hard to do it right. I’m sure you don’t want to be that person five (5) years from now who will be known for nothing, because you have refused to find you, your true passion and your place of primary assignment in life. Some readers of this article, if not careful, may just end up as one of these people.

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But did you know that time is as cruel as a hungry lion? It definitely does not respect your inertia or pointless living.
When I talk to people who are about going into business (which I often do), I tell them to look right at their immediate environment, to get inspired by people who are successful in their chosen endeavours. These successful people are those who have dedicated their all into that worthwhile venture.

What is worth doing is worth doing well because hard work sure yields success. By hard work, I mean working smart and adding value to others, as the average person will never part with their money or resources if they know you are not adding any value to them.

It is true that some species of human don’t have a brain that can think up ideas. Sounds like a joke, right? You can laugh over this if you must! But others do have a brain that generates ideas.

While some people believe in sharing their ideas with others, some are marvelously stingy with theirs ; they do not share them with others. Such people might have grown up with the deadly notion that sharing their ideas with people might cause them (the ideas) to be stolen or even tagged bad. Whatever their reasons might be, ideas hoarding doesn’t help the person who hoards either. It only shuts further refining and referral of the potentials, embedded in an idea.

Sharing your ideas, not just with anyone, but with perceived and proven resourceful persons is a good habit. Clap! Do you know why? You are pregnant with potentials. But potentials not sharpen and birthed at the right time have a very high risk of premature death! Finding the right people to discuss the ideas with is like being in a labour room having the right combination of expatriates – doctors, nurses and what have you. Delivery is close to certain. At delivery they clean up the baby, wrapped and then brought to the mother. This is called Idea refining!

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Also, being in the labour room commits the medical team on duty to help you deliver your baby (your seed). And for you, you need to push hard, not minding the pains of the moment, despite the fact that helpers surround you. That shows integrity, seriousness and hard work on your part!

The things we do in the past have a subtle way of creeping into our future, unannounced! Hence it is needful to understand that no acquired knowledge or experiences are a trash. They are invaluable assets : I have come to know this by experience! I’m sure you have something to say about this, too. Don’t you?

Purposes are, and should be established after multiple counsels. I bet you are not as all-knowing as you think you are. And you are definitely not and will never be! Only God is. Control how you work. Dedicate your time to things that matter most to you. The more time you give to a thing, the better you will be at doing it.

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Don’t sit back. Go to work. Inculcate this rule.
You don’t want to miss the next golden rule to becoming a successful entrepreneur; “Understanding The 5-steps Sales Process That Will Help You Sell To Anyone”.
Till I come your way, stay focused.


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