Will Women’s March 2018 decide the Polls in America?

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In time past, reforms and breakthroughs in national policies have been preceded by activism marches. It looks like the days of Montgomery Bus Boycott may be returning with women at the center of a national protest, as Women’s March 2018 is creating so much momentum and sister marches are joining in commemoration from Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Women’s March is a movement that started in 2017 following the election of President Donald Trump. It was characterized by “Women-led protests against Trump, that U.S. policy would be based on the principle of “America first,” and were also staged as sister marches in Sydney, London, Tokyo and other cities across Europe and Asia.” As stated in this report by reuters. These “U.S. marches and sympathy rallies around the world… drew nearly 5 million protesters in all.” they said.

According to the organizers, the mission of ‘Women’s March’ is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change. Right now, they are counting their wins as a result of the inclusion of more marginalized people in leadership. To these women, the fight is not just about them, is about inclusiveness.

This year took it to the next level with the numbers of participants escalating and giving the march a theme. They are practically turning the movement into an actual strategy, calling this year’s theme ‘Power to the Polls’.

“The national voter registration tour will target swing states to register new voters, engage impacted communities, harness our collective energy to advocate for policies and candidates that reflect our values, and collaborate with our partners to elect more women and progressive candidates to office.”, Women’s March shared on their website.

Some of the popular words on the placards held by the women during the march read: ‘Me too’ ‘Time’s up’ ‘Welcome Refugees’ ‘The future is female’.

Industry Leaders were represented in this year Women’s March held on the 20th and 21st January. Academy Award winner Viola Davis’ speech has been trending from the march in DC. See her speech below

Ekemini is an Administrator who is passionate about structures, putting-things-together, and implementing systems for organisational efficiency. She’s your fairy god-mother, who loves to share wit through compelling contents for the feminine space. She’s the General Manager of African Women in Leadership Organisation, and the curator of #SHEVOICES. She is a Contributor on sheleadsafrica.org

AWLO Awards AIT for Media Partnership Excellence

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Today I had the opportunity to personally present an Award of Excellence to our media Partner African Independent Television, AIT on behalf of African Women in Leadership Organisation.

AIT has added incredible value to AWLO over the years as media partner. The MD of AIT, Mrs. Oluwatosin Dokpesi was present at the headquarters in Abuja to receive the award on behalf of the organisation. With her also was the GM, Namure Edoimioya.

 

AWLO is delighted to present the award, because we gained substantial coverage in Africa as a result of their media support. It is also well deserved since they’ve been pushing the frontiers of women inclusion through great contents.

AIT is on ground again to kick-start media plans for AWLO’s 10th anniversary international conference in July. Welldone AIT, we appreciate the good work.

Dr. Elisha Attai is a media, communications and public relations practitioner and publisher.
A strong advocate for the development and advancement of the African woman, he is the President/Founder of the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) and the initiator/organiser of the famed African Women in Leadership Conference (AWLC), a global movement of Women of African descent changing the narratives of leadership in the world.

AWLO Theme 2018: Creating Transgenerational Impact through Innovative Leadership

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This year AWLO will be focused on sustainability and leadership performance. In 2017, we registered significant success in enabling many women recognize their potential. AWLO Theme for 2017 was inspiring greatness, and unleashing the power, and thousands of African Women poured in testimonials. It was also further proof that, self-belief is a significant step in attaining one’s potential.READ MORE

Dr. Elisha Attai is a media, communications and public relations practitioner and publisher.
A strong advocate for the development and advancement of the African woman, he is the President/Founder of the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) and the initiator/organiser of the famed African Women in Leadership Conference (AWLC), a global movement of Women of African descent changing the narratives of leadership in the world.

Catch up with Senator Jewel Taylor the First Female Vice President of Liberia

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For the first time, Liberia now has a female Vice President; Senator Jewel Taylor. Senator Jewel Taylor remains a voice for the people of Liberia, with more than 18 years dedication to both the private and public sector leadership.

Taylor says she is given to waking up daily with a renewed determination to serve. “As a politician, service to country and people has a transformational impact on those we serve. So, working with and for our people, transforming lives, lending a helping hand… are those things that make me wake up each morning with a renewed determination to stay on course.”

After serving a second nine-year term as a Senator, she has emerged the first female Vice President to Senator-Ambassador George Manneh Weah, under the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Party, an assignment she believes has broken another glass ceiling in political history.

Senator Jewel Taylor grew up with her loving parents who died in service to the people of the Bong County, and their visible influence can be seen in Taylor’s dedication to serving her people. Becoming the First Lady of Liberia when her husband Charles Ghankay Taylor became president was a chance to become involved in the leadership of Liberia.

“During the time, I succeeded in the creation and successful implementation of the National Emergency Task Force which provided medical and humanitarian support to displaced citizens across the Country, especially women and girls; and also organized a Foundation for Girls education which catered to under privileged destitute girls. I was also involved in many other educational and health care projects across the Nation.”

After Contesting in the post conflict elections and was overwhelmingly elected as Senior Senator of Bong County, Liberia’s second most populated county, she began pushing for women empowerment. “I have served as Chairperson of the Women Legislative Caucus of Liberia. In this capacity, I have been a staunch advocate of women’s empowerment and have proffered for passage into Law several pieces of Legislation in support of women empowerment including an Affirmative Action Act for fair participation in politics and National Governance and the Domestic Violence Act.”

As a Senator, Jewel Taylor has continued to distinguish herself in leadership, and the people of Liberia have believed in her to give her A chance for the umpteenth time to serve them. “I feel blessed that I have distinguished myself in my service to community, church and country… I’m a vessel for positive change in my society.”

She shared about her compelling leadership attributes. “Charisma; that compelling charm which inspires devotion in others – that force of personality and strength of character which is an undying source of inspiration to many others, as well as the gift of perseverance, that endurance to carry on in the midst of life’s vicissitudes and challenges; that indefatigable spirit, diligence and commitment.”

She is a visible believer in women’s equity. This is her message to women “We must continue the struggle for women’s political and economic empowerment, until no one is left behind. And until women’s participation becomes common place in the governance structure of all Nations. This is still our task. Let us continue the forward march, for we still have many more miles to cover before we can rest.”

Senator Jewel Taylor’s commitment to Women development is being recognized by International Communities such as ECOWAS. She also currently sits on the board of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO).

She has been conferred on Liberia’s highest honor as Knight Great Dame, Order of the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers in 2005; granted to her by Former President Charles G. Taylor for her service to the Nation as the 21st First Lady of Liberia.

She is the First Female to be given the Distinguished Traditional Title of Venerable Chief in the National Traditional Council of Liberia in 2011,  a Chieftain title conferred on her by Traditional Chiefs and Elders of Bong County for her role in sponsoring the a bill which created the National Traditional Council of Liberia; and in full recognition of her exemplary Services to the people of Bong, yea Liberia.

Ekemini is an Administrator who is passionate about structures, putting-things-together, and implementing systems for organisational efficiency. She’s your fairy god-mother, who loves to share wit through compelling contents for the feminine space. She’s the General Manager of African Women in Leadership Organisation, and the curator of #SHEVOICES. She is a Contributor on sheleadsafrica.org

Takeaways: The Power of Purpose Driven Leadership with Dr. Arene

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Dr. Violet Arene is a bundle of Leadership Experience. Having successfully pioneered the Total Quality Management unit for Managers at NNPC, Arene now runs her personal consultancy, and has gone on to replicate such quality management trainings in other organizations such as Industrial and General Insurance (IGI), RCCG, and others.

At this Leaders hangout, in (events of ) AWLO Induction 2017, Dr. Violet Arene shares on the Power of Purpose Driven Leadership. These are some of the Takeaways from her session:

 

Self-Leadership is the prerequisite for leadership because the first person you lead is you. You are the first person who will throw yourself down, and the first person to take you to the mountain top.

 

 

My value as a woman is not measured by the size of my waist, nor the number of men who like me. It is measured by a Higher Purpose… it is something more sublime than just looking good for men.

 

 

Greatness is when you are about the greatness of other people. You do not become great by taking but by giving.

 

Character is the perfect criteria for Leadership. Africa is noted for irrelevant criteria such as Quota.

 

 

If you want to check the quality of Leadership in a place, check the quality of those being led.

 

But if you say politics is dirty, it is dirty Politics that produce the leaders that lead you. We cannot term Leadership as dirty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ekemini is an Administrator who is passionate about structures, putting-things-together, and implementing systems for organisational efficiency. She’s your fairy god-mother, who loves to share wit through compelling contents for the feminine space. She’s the General Manager of African Women in Leadership Organisation, and the curator of #SHEVOICES. She is a Contributor on sheleadsafrica.org

#1Mother1Child: A New Concept of Motherhood

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Sometime last year, our office got a message from a woman who said, “Dear AWLO, please my daughter has been out of school. She is one of the beneficiaries of the #1Mother1Child Program, but has not received the regular school fees from your organization yet. Please send my daughter’s school fees so she can go back to school.” Then it dawned on us that we are running out of Mothers.

Hitherto, 1Mother1Child encouraged women leaders/members of AWLO – mothers, to support at least one child whether girl or boy. To sponsor, and mentor this child to attain any level of education.

Now we realize that Motherhood is a concept not just for mothers. We collectively are mothers of the future; charged to preserve the future generation. To provide them with the necessary opportunities, infrastructure, legacy, and tangible support to leverage, to attain their full potential and become better leaders.

#1Mother1Child is an initiative of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), spearheaded by 1Mother1Child Project Director; H.E. Alanyingi Sylva. AWLO envisions that children from poor background can have a fair chance at education.

We are inspired by stories like, the Transformational Leader; Goodluck Jonathan, who says he grew up with no shoes, Oprah Winfrey’s rise irrespective of an abusive childhood, Albert Einstein who was termed dyslexic, and how Ben Carson rose from a poor background to becoming a world sought-after Neurosurgeon. These are signs that every child truly has a shot at attaining their full potential.

So far, the #1Mother1Child program has 100 plus children trained to various levels of education; with some introduced to vocational trainings, and international scholarships.

It is our dream that #1Mother1Child grows bigger with everyone delivering their part as mothers of the future. It is bigger than just mothers, we are all custodians of the future. It behooves us all to play our part in the making of future leaders.

Please visit 1Mother1Child.org to support #1Mother1Child

See photos from #1Mother1Child Awareness Walk 2017 by clicking on the photo below

#1Mother1Child Awareness Walk 2017

Ekemini is an Administrator who is passionate about structures, putting-things-together, and implementing systems for organisational efficiency. She’s your fairy god-mother, who loves to share wit through compelling contents for the feminine space. She’s the General Manager of African Women in Leadership Organisation, and the curator of #SHEVOICES. She is a Contributor on sheleadsafrica.org

Dr. Elisha Attai Honored Alongside Chief Mrs. Akande, Folorunsho Alakija, Princess Abah Folawiyo at FADAN Fashion Week 2017

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The Founder of African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO), Dr. Elisha Attai, was recently honored by the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN), alongside other key contributors to National development such as, Chief Mrs. Akande, Folorunsho Alakija, Princess Abah Folawiyo, and others.

According to the FADAN National President Funmi Ajila Ladipo, this year’s FADAN Fashion Week was centered on empowering young women and slated to raise funding to buy sewing machines for 500 trainees.

Dr. Elisha Attai in thanking the organizers for the recognition, said he was enthused to be a part of women development and dedicated the award to AWLO Members globally.

Dr Elisha Attai receiving FADAN Award

He received the award in the company of a few AWLO Executives and Members. Namely: Dr. Violet Arene; AWLO BOT Member, Mrs Pat Umo Eno; AWLO Patron, Mrs. Chidinma Chukwujama; AWLO Protocol Director, Mrs. Maureen Omeibe; AWLO Lagos Chapter Coordinator, Mrs Esther Omotayo; AWLO Kaduan Chapter Coordinator, and others. He was also accompanied by his dear wife Mrs. Eno Attai.

Dr. Elisha Attai

Dr Attai and his Executives/Members

 

Dr. Elisha Attai

Dr. Attai and Wife

Dr. Elisha has received numerous accolades these year for his contributions to the advancement of women of African descent. He was recently honored by the Global Oved Dei University USA with a Doctorate degree.
Here is to many deserved honors. Congratulations Dr. Elisha Attai.

Ekemini is an Administrator who is passionate about structures, putting-things-together, and implementing systems for organisational efficiency. She’s your fairy god-mother, who loves to share wit through compelling contents for the feminine space. She’s the General Manager of African Women in Leadership Organisation, and the curator of #SHEVOICES. She is a Contributor on sheleadsafrica.org

How to look the part for #AWLOINDUCTION2017

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We are excited as it draws closer to #AWLOInduction2017. AWLO Induction holds at Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Akwa Ibom State, on 15th December 2017. We are looking forward to converging Women of African Descent and Distinguished Leaders.

Are you thinking of ideas to dress up for #AWLOINDUCTION2017? We can give you a great head start!

We know women like to play dress up, and they will be the ones reading this right now. So, let’s start with them. (This article may not be beneficial to inductees because their chapters may have a uniform dress code for the dinner).

The day starts off with the #1Mother1Child awareness walk. This is for everyone to be a part of AWLO’s dream for every child/young adult to grow up with the tangible support of a mother, – a woman who is committed to ensuring that one child lives her fullest potential; whether boy or girl. AWLO believes that Motherhood is a call to Leadership.

We anticipate that 300 people should get involved in creating awareness for #1Mother1Child. Women, young people, men, press, humanitarians, and others. Participants can buy Awareness walk Tee-Shirts at the venue, they can also buy ahead of the day by calling +234 812 586 6901.

Back to the dress code. To go with your tees, get a pair of pants and comfy sneakers or ballerinas to get you in the mood for walk. Don’t forget to come with your selfie sticks because we will also be taking a lot of photographs. We will walk all the way to the workshop. Voila, this will be your workshop look too.

A dinner ensemble works for the grand finale – the Induction Dinner. The red carpet will be prepared for you. One thing though, don’t miss out the part that African culture is at the core of AWLO’s essence, and guests hardly disappoint. You don’t want to be surprised.

That’s it, see you at #AWLOINDUCTION2017! Register here

Ekemini is an Administrator who is passionate about structures, putting-things-together, and implementing systems for organisational efficiency. She’s your fairy god-mother, who loves to share wit through compelling contents for the feminine space. She’s the General Manager of African Women in Leadership Organisation, and the curator of #SHEVOICES. She is a Contributor on sheleadsafrica.org

Tell a Sister, to tell a Sister, about #AWLOINDUCTION2017

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Every AWLO event has a takeaway, and this time we are gearing up for #AWLOINDUCTION2017. At African Women in Leadership organisation, AWLO, we seek to advance the status of women in leadership.

We have been privileged to share some priceless moments with women.

Some of them shared their personal takeaways from AWLO Events:

Joanna said:

The program was a great one. I was paired with a mentor who was everything I thought a mentor should be: warm, friendly and easy to relate with, with a great sense of fashion as well! She took time to share with me and gave me lots of pointers on how to plan my life and build up my skills.

Gladys Ohaba said:

I learnt to manage my time, priorities, energy, thoughts, words and personal life, and how to strike a balance between work and personal life, the value of time and knowing your capabilities as an individual.

Also, I learnt that there’s nothing wrong in delegating responsibilities, that when you delegate you are improving someone’s life while improving yours (so you don’t break down). We are encouraged to let our emotions translate in what we do, create an atmosphere of positivity and exert self-control.

Share these life-changing testimonials with a sister, to invite her to #AWLOINDUCTION2017 at Le Meriedien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort Akwa Ibom, on 15th December 2017. See more testimonials below.

 

Register and Learn more about #AWLOINDUCTION here

Ekemini is an Administrator who is passionate about structures, putting-things-together, and implementing systems for organisational efficiency. She’s your fairy god-mother, who loves to share wit through compelling contents for the feminine space. She’s the General Manager of African Women in Leadership Organisation, and the curator of #SHEVOICES. She is a Contributor on sheleadsafrica.org

Celebrating AWLO Youth Council at One

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A whooping one year has gone by since the launch of AWLO Youth Council. In the last one year, AWLO has put in place a well-structured and feasible organisational chart towards maintaining global best practice.

Since inception, there has been a remarkable turnout of members. AWLO Youth Council started as the organisation’s means of reaching out to raise the next generation leaders. AWLO is known for its impact on women leaders of African descent however in order to outlive itself, it has made provisions for generations after, to emulate and imbibe.

In the spirit of commemorating our Youth Council at one year, different chapters of AWLO Youth Council organised a mentorship forum to mark this day.



It was such an interesting time; as interactive discussions took place with focus on mentorship,being one of AWLO’s goals as we pass the baton to the younger generation is to have accomplished women leaders mentor young women.

We had our mentors speak on impactful topics on time management, managing emotions, managing priorities, advancing relationships, and others. This insightful session which was dubbed ‘Conversations with my Younger Self’, left the young women filled with ideas to blaze a trail and become who they really aspire to be with no form of encumbrance.



The Forum was filled with brain storming sessions , a one-on-one mentor-mentee sessions while mentors also selected mentees for a one-year period.

The mentees had this to say:

After the programme I had to check my life again, evaluate my life and made a new checklist as a guide to my daily activities. I make sure I follow my priorities as I have written on my check list. I also asked myself questions and really check myself before I wrote them down. By DEC this year I will check my progress so far.
– Mercy (Rivers State Chapter).

The program really made an impact in my life. Especially in the area of coaching; for you to be successful you need a coach and your coach is not someone you admire from a distance. He/she must be someone you have access to guide you, some that you can confide in, and someone that has the qualities that you need.
– Lilian.

The programme was very informative and I learnt a whole lot to improve my life and my business.
– Marvellous.

Conversations with my Younger Self was an eye-opener. I learnt to manage my time properly and prioritize effectively so that I could be more efficient in my life and in my business. I also learnt a lot about personal life. It was so refreshing and inspiring to meet successful older women who had gone through the stages that we younger women are currently experiencing.
– Chimdi.

The youth council anniversary/ mentorship forum held on Saturday the 28th October 2017, was an interactive forum to learn. I was privileged to have attended the programs. Issues discussed ranged from managing your time, priorities, energy, thoughts, words and personal life. It was an avenue for knowledge addition as we learnt how to strike a balance between work and personal life, the value of time and knowing your capabilities as an individual. I have learnt that as a young woman of worth when I organize myself it helps me keep to timing and understand that when I don’t keep to time, people lose value for me.
– Gladys Ohaba.

Also, there’s nothing wrong in delegating responsibilities, WOW Esther Asipa rightly said that when you delegate you are improving someone’s life while improving yours (so you don’t break down). We are encouraged to let our emotions translate what we do, create an atmosphere of positivity and exert self-control.

Ultimately all mentors around agreed that to be the best you can be and be successful we as individuals must be disciplined, set out our priorities and work diligently and committedly towards achieving set priorities.

The youth anniversary/ mentorship forum was a time well spent and am so glad to be a part of the ALWO community even as we move forward to making great impact in our generation building up women of worth and showcasing to the world based on standards, who a leader is.

Youth Council is already looking forward to its second anniversary, and more bright plans are on the way. Here is to thanking God for a successful one year.

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