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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!

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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.


Hon. Elisha’s Atlanta Work Weekend: Senator Donzella James’ Warm Welcome Plus AWLO Atlanta Executives Retreat

After the AWLO founder’s fulfilled work week in Houston Texas; the highlight of it being the Exchange Program for AWLO Youth Council Members at the Houston Community College, his visit now takes him to Atlanta Georgia where the headquarters of AWLO USA is located.

Hon. Elisha Attai is in the company of the AWLO Global Youth Matron/BOT Member; Dr. Violet Arene, and are being treated to a grand welcome by the AWLO USA Patron, Senator Donzella James who has always been a huge supporter of AWLO, and the USA Chapters over the years.


Hon. Elisha Attai & AWLO Global Youth Matron; Dr. Violet Arene being received by Senator Donzella James; Senator of the State of Georgia & AWLO Patron with Roland Washington; Chief Operating Officer, NIA


 

This visit also sees a converge of the Executives of the AWLO Atlanta Chapter, and the Youth Council. it causes a stirring-up in the chapter as Dr. Violet Arene facilitated a leadership retreat for the executives.

 







Here is to looking forward to more that is to come in the remaining days during the President’s stay in the US. His next stop will be Washington DC. AWLO USA is also making plans to host the annual Summer Conference in Atlanta in August.


AWLO’s New Exchange Program Collaboration with Houston Community College USA

To give the next generation of female leaders access to the right infrastructure for career development, African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) has collaborated with the Houston Community College (HCC) to initiate an exchange program for members of the AWLO Youth Council in the Faculty of Media Arts & Technology Center of Excellence.

HCC is a first choice institution for quality and innovative education in the field of media arts and technology.
According to the Founder of AWLO; Hon. Elisha Attai, this exchange program will design a future for the women in the Youth Council in the Media & Technology Sector. It will also include Entrepreneurial Studies, and is a scholarship program.

Dr. Jimmy Adams, the Dean of the Faculty of Media Arts & Technology Center of Excellence has committed to seeing to the success of the program, and will be working with the AWLO Houston Chapter to smoothly coördinate this program.

Hon. Elisha’s two-week work visit to the USA continues as he’s headed to Atlanta next. AWLO looks forward to having a momentum-filled season.


The Exchange Program in progress.



USA Moments with Mr. President – Hon. Elisha Attai: Global Executive Council Support represented by Dr. Violet Arene & First Think-Tank Meeting with AWLO Houston Texas Executives

Every year the Founder of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), Hon. Elisha Attai, takes on a working visit to the USA for two weeks; to stay-in-tune-with and track progress, to discuss and implement expansion, and also to interact with the leadership of the organization.

AWLO USA has been one of the proactive regions. During Hon. Elisha Attai’s work visit last year, he inaugurated 5 additional Chapters, and formidable ties were established between the organization and African embassies in the United States.

AWLO Chapters are spread across Continents to integrate Women of African Descent. AWLO creates engagement through chapters. We strategize for, and implement impact at the community level, and also coordinate and empower members for developmental projects at the community level through chapters.

This year the Founder hopes to amplify impact in the USA, to reinforce the vision among AWLO members, and also to track progress of infrastructures. One of the latest infrastructures of the organization has been the Youth Council, his visit is to further solidify this platform. He is also meeting with executives to re-strategize on gaining more grounds, and he hopes that this visit will inspire renewed zeal amongst members.

The AWLO leadership Structure is built to empower, and hone the leadership skills of team members. Hon. Elisha Attai hopes to instill the same passion as in himself, in leaders of the organization. It is in times like these he bonds with team members to ignite such zeal. He is known for his warmth in leadership.

His first stop has been Houston Texas, for the first think-tank meeting with the executives of the AWLO Houston Texas Chapter. In his Company has been the Global Youth Matron; Dr. Violet Arene, and were being received by the AWLO Houston Texas Coordinator; Mrs. Donna McGowan. Mr. President is optimistic that these will be times of inspiration.


AWLO ATLANTA MEETING L-R: Mrs Donna McGowan (Coordinator, Houston, Texas), Dr. Mrs. Violet Arene (AWLO Youth Matron), Hon. Elisha Attai (Founder/President)



Top 7 Questions to Ask Daily For a Purpose Filled Day!

Living with purpose and passion is your decision. You may choose to live day after day, one after another, in a completely ordinary existence. OR you can choose to greet each day with a possibility mindset. A purposeful mindset. A Passionate mindset. Which ever path you choose, be certain that you at the end of the day you go back to bed with your mind at peace with you.

Begin each day with Purpose, these questions and be amazed at how much you will achieve at the end of the day.

Why is it important for me to engage myself in my work passionately and purposefully each day?

This question often time is ignored when people start their day, they walk into a new day not knowing what to even do for that day, only to realize that they had spent half of their working hours doing nothing productive.

How will I choose to allow my attitude effect how I address stressful situations at work today? How can I be more effective and proactive in regards to stress and attitude?

When am I most likely to react with the most passion and purpose today? Meeting with clients? Working on my computer? Following up on a lead?

Take note of what makes your passion come alive, so you can use it to better your work performance.

Where within the organization am I best able to express my passion and purpose? Is it working with my peers? My supervisors? Clients? Inter-departmentally? Where physically do I perform the most purposefully?

With whom do I need to spend time in order to maintain balance as I pursue my passion and purpose? Within the organization, who best supports me?

What choices will I make today that align my purpose and passion with the tasks at hand at work?

Who am I called to be today as an expression of my passion for living?

There you have it, the top 7 Questions to ask as you start each day purposefully!
Do have a purpose filled day.


Quit Trying To Make Yourself “Smarter” And Do These Three Things Instead

This post first appeared in Fastcompany

There’s no shortage of brain teasers, training tools, and even pills you can take that claim to improve cognitive functioning and allegedly make you “smarter.” There is a certain logic to this. For one thing, our brains operate better under some conditions than others. For another, practice really does improve our performance on just about everything, at least up to a point.

But asking whether such cognitive “improvements” actually work is missing the point. The better question is whether task-related gains in performance (for instance, at Sudoku, chess, or a video game) can carry over to another task, and other areas of life: Does becoming better at X also make us better at Y or Z?

The answer is that instead of trying to get “smarter,” you’re probably better off pursuing one of these three goals instead.

1. AS YOU GET OLDER, FOCUS ON KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE

Although there’s some debate as to whether we can significantly enhance our raw mental capacity, most of the scientific evidence suggests the answer is no. Scores on fluid intelligence tests, which represent the best single measure of our abstract reasoning and learning ability, remain quite stable over our lifetimes. In fact, there’s strong evidence for age-related decreases in this form of intelligence after our late 20s, which means that even if there were some exercises to boost our brain power, the best they can do is slow our decline.

On the other hand, as we grow older we can afford to rely less on our learning potential and more on what we already know. So you may be able to stay sharp (or even get sharper) overall simply by deepening your knowledge base over time, for which age is clearly advantageous. Expertise—and therefore performance—doesn’t just depend on intelligence, it’s also a function of our curiosity and motivation, which can make up for slower brain power as we age. Unsurprisingly, age typically confers higher levels of knowledge and expertise. As psychologist Daniel Kahneman noted in the New York Times in 2011, “True intuitive expertise is learned from prolonged experience with good feedback on mistakes”—which also means 
remaining well aware of your limitations
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Imagine you have to pick between an experienced surgeon in her 60s who’s performed thousands of operations and a 26-year-old rising star in the same field. Or between a sharp young pilot who’s flown 20 flights and a seasoned 55-year-old pilot who’s flown thousands of times. Most people would pick the older, more experienced professionals—and rightly so. While you can become “smarter” by boosting your knowledge at any age, older individuals have an advantage simply because of the wider range of experiences and opportunities they’ve had.

2. SKIP THE BRAIN-TEASERS AND PRACTICE YOUR PEOPLE-SKILLS

Most real-world problems are ill-defined and require dealing effectively with other people. While the personality characteristics that determine how well you get along with others are partly a matter of genetics, there are still habits you can practice to get better at social interactions.

For example, getting feedback on how other people see you can enhance your self-awareness, which really comes down to how well you understand the way your behavior affects other people. It generally involves being more other-focused than self-focused—or at least seeming that way. As Mark Twain noted, “Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.”

Likewise, being aware of your stress triggers can keep the dark side of your personality at bay—those less-desirable qualities that get in the way of building healthy relationships. Contrary to popular belief, the most likable people are not authentic; they just manage to come across as genuine enough, while paying close attention to how they’re perceived. In other words, they’re just expert reputation managers. This may sounds controversial, but while we tend to be wary of those who seem “fake”, the reality is that we’d much rather deal with them than with people who clearly show they don’t care about social norms and good manners.

3. SHIFT YOUR FOCUS FROM SMARTS TO SUCCESS

Efforts to get “smarter” often stand in for another desire—which is just to be more successful. There are millions of self-help books dedicated to this subject, and most of the strategies they lay out work better than intelligence-boosting gambits. The downside, of course, is that the glut of success formulas out there tends to inflate people’s hopes.

Perhaps the problem is that we keep searching for a simple, universal solution where none exists. If you look at the most successful people around, there aren’t too many generalizations you can draw from their experiences; those you can extract aren’t easily replicated. As academic reviews (and my latest book) point out, there are really only a few core ingredients to career success: ability, likability, and drive. More specifically, if you can persuade other influential people—those who make decisions that affect your career—that you possess those qualities (whether or not you actually do), you’ll probably be successful.

The problem, though, is that—like intelligence—ability, likability, and drive aren’t all that easy to fake. It’s hard to fool all the people who matter, all the time. Likewise, if you’re obsessed with chasing success, others will catch on (Henry David Thoreau was right to say that “success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it”). Still, it might make more sense to take a broader view of what’ll make you succeed, and fixate a little less on how smart you are, or would like to become.

In the grand scheme, it’s one of the smartest things you can do.

BY TOMAS CHAMORRO-PREMUZIC

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, people analytics, and talent management.


African Women in Leadership Conference 2017: Unleashing the Power, Inspiring Greatness

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.


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