- Give us a detailed biography about yourself stating what you do, the challenges faced and success stories.
I am Nchotu Milliycent Ngwe, holder of a bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies and the creative director of N&M beading perfection. From the North West Region of Cameroon the Bafut sub division Mezam division.
I am into beading accessories like bags necklaces. sandals and more. this art business started when I was still in the university and upon graduation, I decided to continue since I do have a passion for it. It’s been challenging especially when I was in school I had to work while schooling also one of the most difficult parts of being into the arts of beading is getting quality material because I have but from Kenya and getting them to Cameroon is always very expensive. My success stories are enormous. through beading, I have been able to teach other people especially young girls who are running the same business and doing well for themselves. I have been privileged to partner with Non-governmental organizations like the Economy of Communion, She’skild, The International Dynamic Oroko Women, youth parliamentarians of Cameroon and a host of others. Together we thought young girls and boys the skill of beading and most especially thought young displaced women and girls from the part of Cameroon that’s affected by the ongoing crisis (North West and southwest region). seeing these people been able to assist themselves financially is the success stories I can say i achieved.
- Do you have a morning routine? Tell us about it
My morning routine is prayers thanking my God is something I do not miss out on the rest activities follow on any order.
- What is the favorite part of your routine?
The favorite part of my day is when am creating new designs.
- What is your typical day like?
My daily life as an entrepreneur is quite simple because I often spend my time working to either satisfy clients or am out of town teaching. So it’s not really a routine as such because every activity is been carried out depending on how important it is.
- What are your personal mission and vision statement ?
My personal mission statement for my life is to reach for the top, learn more skills and empower myself more so I can in return impact those around me. And also strive to grow my beading business worldwide. Have a wider market and impact more lives positively.
I see myself and my business in the future to be worldwide recognized for its quality products and for my service to humanity because I do not intend to stop my humanitarian activities.
- Mention 2 people you spend time with on most days and why?
I do usually spend more time at home with my sister and my mum. they usually help me do some of my work and at times give in ideas which i can use to bring out new designs.
- Would you say you have become more empowered since you joined AWLO and how?
I have become more empowered since I joined AWLO because I have learned leadership skills and developed myself through our monthly leadership training program. AWLO has made me have many more opportunities to empower other people through our numerous activities carried out by our AWLO Youth Council.
- Who is our favorite colleague member and why?
My favorite colleagues are Lucho Joycelyn and Martin Tiku. Joycelyn and I always have something new to teach one another and Tiku usually hooks me up to projects that give me money and also makes me do what I love best.
- Favorite book and why?
I don’t have a favorite book because am not much of a book reading person but that which i actually enjoyed was “poor dad rich dad ” it made me see the need for financial dependence not looking to be employed by someone but trying to create more ways to let money work for you.
“Learn to resist self-doubt ,fear and laziness”.
- What have you done that you are most proud of?
I am proud of the woman I am so far and that woman is still working to become a positive influencer. mentor and humanitarian. I am proud of the fact that I see myself helping people in community and country putting smiles on faces. Giving them hope when they thought all was lost.
Thank you for reaching out to me and I pray this inspires many more people to selflessly devote themselves to humanity.
African Women in Leadership Organisation in partnership with Justina Ovat Foundation set to create empowerment opportunities for 500 women in Niger-Delta Region and Others
While women make up a large population of the Nation, women’s economic participation is comparably low. A World bank’s 2019 research, shows that Nigerian women’s under-participation in economic activities stems from cultural factors, namely; gender-specific roles. The WEF’s 2018 gender-gap report also corroborates that the gender pay gap is a resultant of women’s considerable participation in unpaid tasks. Overall there is an incidence of 77.1% gap in women’s economic participation and opportunities, making it the area with the highest gender-gap incidence followed by Political participation.
The African Women in Leadership Organisation’s (AWLO) participation in the 2018 UN Women’s empowerment principles forum, saw it adopting resolutions to form its 2019 scope of work with the theme- Empowered for Sustainability. Thus, channeling the forum’s resolutions for long-lasting empowerment solutions.
The AWLO-500 Capacity-building Workshop, as a result, is an effective economic empowerment initiative with the goal of key women into opportunities; for upscaling their skills to gain empowerment in areas of decision-making, enterprise building and financial asset control.
The workshop targets 500 women and will be a prerequisite for post-workshop opportunities namely; cooperative membership, access to resourceful business community, routine business mentorship, ready-market opportunities, and funding. AWLO is collaborating with the Justina Ovat Foundation to deliver the workshop in Cross River State. Justina Ovat Foundation is a not-for-profit Entrepreneurship, Employability and Enterprise Development organization that delivers innovative, high-quality solutions for the development and growth of people who are independent of government but are core contributors to the commonwealth of their communities.
Dr. Elisha Attai; the Founder of African Women in Leadership Organisation noted that the backbone of the organization is “to harness the synergies of alliance and create an empowering platform for women”. Hence the end goal of the workshop is to build an industrious community of women that will maximize the leverage of AWLO to get funding, assets, mentorship, and e-marketplace for their businesses. This he said will be achieved via post-workshop activities, and will help AWLO achieve its vision of a continent with women who are home and nation builders with equal access and opportunities.
He conveyed the backing of the management, while commending the AWLO General Manager; Ms. Ekemini Akpakpan; for ideating the initiative, and being an organizational builder, saying “She has gone a step further to build the right partnerships, and we are currently in the middle of plans to launch the most impactful economic empowerment experience for women”. According to him, the program first aims at creating a beneficial membership experience for AWLO Members targeting a minimum of 200 AWLO members in Nigeria.
AWLO is collaborating with Justina Ovat Foundation for the AWLO-500 Workshop; to effectively reach women of the Niger-Delta Region for a substantial impact, local participation, and local content. The Founder of the Justina Ovat Foundation; Mrs. Justina Ovat, who is passionate about Human capital Development and the project, said, “ Human capital development is at the core of JO Foundation. We are hinged on impacting and connecting with a new generation of smart, ambitious African women and it is a delight to be hosting the AWLO-500 capacity building workshop in collaboration with the African Women in Leadership Organization, come December.“
The AWLO-500 Capacity building workshop holds on 14th December 2019 at Tinapa Calabar for women who own small businesses, need access to subsidized loans, grants and the necessary tools to grow their business. It is also for women who have skills to transform into businesses, want to start businesses, or are in paid employment but want a side hustle. There will be post-workshop opportunities for women in production businesses. These are women in Agri-businesses, merchandize production and sales, Craftwork, Textile & Fashion, Product manufacturing, and others.
The one-day workshop will be providing practical business lessons in the areas of business set-up and growth, finances, leadership, and management. Onsite activities include Exhibitions, Skills Acquisition Booths, Business Set-up Unit, Business Resource Corner, Free Cooperative Registration, Networking Lunch, and others.
The AWLO-500 Registration portal opens on October 14th, 2019 via www.awlo.org/500. More details coming soon. AWLO Induction Dinner for new members also holds the following day – 15th December 2019 at Transcorp Hilton Calabar.
The African Women in Leadership Organisation HeForShe Summit held at the Sheraton Hotels, Lagos on the 25th of July 2019. It was a confluence of 200 men, women leaders and stakeholders from African countries and the Diaspora.
The summit started with an impressive keynote and graduated into plenary sessions, goodwill messages, presentations and discussions. The theme of the summit was: A Pledge to Gender Parity. According to Dr. Elisha Attai – the summit convener and AWLO Founder, “the UN intended the HeForShe to be an invitation for people of all genders to ensure gender parity. To create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality. The men of HeForShe are not on the sidelines. They are working together to ensure gender parity, build businesses, raise families, and give back to their communities.”Some of the stakeholders in attendance were; HRH Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar, AWLO President – Dr.Violet Arene, Professor Uduak Archibong – Professor of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Bradford, Mr. Peter Thomas – British Deputy Head of Mission(Special Guest of Honor), Mark Garratt – Director of External Affairs, University of Bradford, Kufre Ekanem, Arc Ezekiel Nya-Etok FNIA, the Principal Partner of Novone Consult, Yewande Austin – Social Activist and honorary U.S Cultural Ambassador, Gilbert Ewehmeh – Founder and Managing Director YES CAMEROON, Hon Samuel Ikon – Serial Entrepreneur, Oluyemi Odubote CEO and Founder of the ImeyReach Solutions Consult, Henry Ukeni Daniel-Elebiga JP – Consultant, Hon Temba Mliswa – Independent Member of the Parliament Zimbabwe , Fatima Ada Ishiaku, Dr Favour Ayodele – Convener of the Third Force Form, Ubong King – Chairman of Protection Plus Service Limited, Mr. Churchill Udoh – CEO Westgate LifeCare, Maureen Omeibe – Executive Director Degab Groups Limited and AWLO Dean of Coordinators.
At the summit, a communique was developed that captures discussions and input of thought leaders, and stakeholders towards gender parity.
Click below to view the communique.
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The 11th of October 2018 the world over, was to mark the International day of the girl child. A day dedicated to creating awareness on issues facing girls internationally, such as education, nutrition, child marriage, legal and medical rights.
The issues of inequality faced by the girl child cannot be ignored therefore AWLO marked the International day of the girl child by aligning with other organizations to initiate a campaign that is geared towards increasing the representation of women in leadership.
The #NoWomanNoVote Campaign led by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa in partnership with the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) is to ignite women’s participation in politics. The Campaign is targeted at; creating awareness and mobilization of citizens to vote-in credible and viable women in subsequent elections, checkmating the gross exploitation of Women before, during and after Campaigns by Political Systems, To Provide a Support system in terms of Education, Funding and Mobilization to Women Who are Contesting for Elective Positions and involve young ladies in the electoral process.
According to INEC, although women constitute 49 per cent of Nigeria’s voting population, the national average in female representation is 6.7 per cent.
In 2015, eight female Senators, 20 House of Representatives members and six female Deputy Governors who had joint tickets with male gubernatorial candidates were elected.
Nigeria’s national average of 6.7 per cent in female representation was in contrast to the global average of 22.5 per cent in 2018. Global statistics for gender parity indicate that in 2015, out of 188 countries, Nigeria was 152nd in the Human Development Index on Gender Inequality and 118th of 192 countries in 2017.
At a press Briefing held for the #Nowomannovote Campaign to mark the International day of the Girl Child, the stakeholders further revealed plans for the campaign. Plans to initiate awareness activities in various zones of the country, sensitization workshops on electoral processes for women, Dialogue with Political stakeholders at the grassroot level, and youth involvement.
In attendance at the #Nowomannovote Press Conference were Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, African Women in Leadership Organization represented by the Dean of Coordinators; Mrs. Maureen Omeibe and other women and grass root organizations.
Also in attendance were, Dr Chinyere C Okpe; Director of National Crisis Control Foundation, Chief Mrs. Scholastica Ezuma (JP), Chief Mrs Ada Ame; Founder and Global Convener Adorable Women International Foundation, Mrs Regina Chris Ogbodo; Head Nigerian Women in Media Lagos Chapter and other women Leaders.
The day of the girl child is of utmost importance because it is a day the world should evaluate the progress towards making a safe and progressive environment for the girl child. Here is to kickstarting a conversation to involve women in leadership and foster a thriving environment for women to emerge as political leaders. This is what the #NoWomanNoVote Campaign intends to achieve, and in the coming weeks more plans will unfold.
Here are official photos from the #Nowomannovote Press Conference:
The final shortlist of 12 entries for the 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme have been announced by BestCities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).
The Incredible Impacts Programme celebrates the ‘beyond tourism’ value of international association meetings to create a powerful platform to advocate their positive societal impact.
Shortlisted associations represent a broad range of sectors including leadership; scientific innovation; humanitarianism; environmental issues; music; disease; disability, and child neglect.
Paul Vallee, Managing Director of BestCities said: “The Incredible Impacts Programme is a showcase of global excellence of lasting legacies within the meetings and events industry. We have been overwhelmed by the work submitted, which demonstrates the breadth of impact being delivered by associations.
“A core goal of BestCities is to nurture and develop the purpose of events beyond traditional planning, focusing on vital areas including legacy development, sustainability and accessibility. It is hugely encouraging to see these values being replicated by associations the world over, who are making lasting contributions to the destinations they visit.”
Dennis Speet, ICCA Interim CEO, added: “This is the second edition of the Incredible Impacts Programme and the quality of legacy projects we have received is truly astounding. The variety of industries represented in the submissions demonstrates the wide-ranging and deeply positive impact that the work of international associations has when it comes to finding solutions to societal challenges.
We hope that this year’s superb entries inspire other associations and meeting planners to consider how they can create a legacy with their meetings and leave a long-lasting impact on their host destinations.”
The final shortlist:
The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
European Association for Palliative Care
International Council on Social Welfare
Down Syndrome International
African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO)
International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation
World Environmental Education Congress Network
International Actuarial Association
The International Society for Music Education
Society for Ecological Restoration
Union for International Cancer Control
What Problem is AWLO Solving?
AWLO is concerned about the detrimental outcome of the negligence of tacking gender marginalization and female leadership issues from an early stage; between the ages of 7 and 17.
To create a dependable leadership intervention through a ripple effect mechanism, African Women in Leadership Organisation’s iLEAD Program was adopted in 2016 to reproduce Leaders from an early stage
Since AWLO Launched its iLEAD Program, it has remained in the Pilot phase and we are now set to expand iLEAD to 15 communities and adopt 100 schools where we will introduce the program reaching a total of 10,000 pupils/students in the next 2 years.
iLEAD is a high impact project and promises a high success rate as we envision that the challenges of leadership will be maximally curbed in Africa. Thank you to BestCities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) for the shortlist among the final 12.
African Women in Leadership Organisation always has a tasty dish to serve. On Thursday August 14, 2018, another mouth-watery leadership training was held, and this one was a richer moment served on a platter. It was a great time with a woman who is a master of leadership and self-development; Dr. Violet Arene. She is a Certified ‘Stephen Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ Trainer, an author of 17 books, a coach and mentor on several platforms and a high achiever who believes that people can attain a great level of leadership and maximize their full potentials. This particular meeting was about self-discovery and discipline, and she did an amazing work by practically taking everyone’s attention and mind to what discipline entails. Everything she mentioned during the training was not something one can hurriedly forget.
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Dr. Arene enlightened the house that the road to self-discovery is often very smooth but very few drive their wheels down it, and that self-discovery is like the first baby-step to self-leadership. It is a self-leadership prerequisite. In her words, “in your journey of leadership, you are either your enemy or your asset”. It only takes discipline and patience to know who you are, because you cannot do that in a hurry.
The air was filled with so much excitement. Every example and explanation Dr. Arene the facilitator gave was illuminating, practical and quite relatable. One of the attendees at the end of the meeting said “the class was very educational, the facilitator was humorous and she passed across the message of self-leadership and emotional intelligence efficiently and I saw it in a new light”
She went further to tell us that self- regulation thrives on the anatomies of discipline which she broke down to include; food, recreation, work, health and emotions or temperament. These anatomies do not just end here, there is more to it as they were further broken down. In other words, it is when you have gained mastery over these aspects, then you are on your way to really knowing who you are and to effectively leading yourself.
It became more interesting when she illustrated on a projector the anatomy of emotional hijacking, explaining to us the power of our amygdala and our thalamus. The amygdala is the part of our brain that controls our emotions, and times when we find ourselves doing several things which we later regret, we can blame it on our amygdala. While our thalamus on the other hand causes reason behind our actions. In other words, it prompts us to first think before acting. That was the peak of it and it was good to learn practically how to not let your emotions rule over you but rather, you should put it under submission to you and in your control.
Dr. Arene taught that as humans our three basic emotions are; either glad, mad or sad. She also said that bad temperament is a self-sabotage. So we must understand our emotions, and not stop at this alone, but being able to balance our emotional and thinking brain. She also said that discipline gives trust, good leadership and a level head. And when you have mastered the art of discipline and what exactly you should be a master to, that is when you become aware of who you are. That is self-discovery and it is the prerequisite of self-leadership.
The meeting was thrilling and refreshing. At the end of the meeting, everyone had something to say about how much they learnt, how they could relate to every example mentioned by the facilitator and how that they looked forward to putting to work everything they learnt and to future meetings.