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.


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)


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.


Welcome Address by AWLO Founder/President, Hon. Elisha Attai at the 9th Edition of African Women in Leadership Conference 2017 in Ghana

It is my honor, privilege and pleasure to welcome you all, great African Women of Worth, to this year’s conference. I extend greetings from our regional offices worldwide, whose members are unable to be with us, for reasons which we well understand.

Today’s gathering evokes a deep and intense feeling of appreciation and gratitude to Almighty God. Many years ago, precisely in 2009, the African Women in Leadership Organization (AWLO), berthed in Ghana for the very first time on its maiden voyage at this same Hotel. It was then referred to as the West African Women in Leadership Conference (WAWLC).

As many of you know, we were young, filled with dreams, excited at the specter of new beginnings, totally blinded, but hopeful of the future. It is obvious and interesting to note that we have, along the way, shelved the limitations of a regional association to embrace the diversity presented amongst all women of African descent. AWLO welcomes change. AWLO drives change. AWLO thrives on change!

Why do I say blinded, you may ask? Who really, amongst humanity can lay claim to such powers of clairvoyance except the omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresent God who directs our paths? We have travelled these number of years guided, led, sustained and powered only by His mercies. We have set new precedents, traversed Continents and planted regional chapters across the shores of many countries. Wherever we’ve berthed, our focus has not deviated from our primary purpose of integrating, empowering and motivating African Women everywhere across the world; unleashing the power and inspiring greatness.

We salute our host country, Ghana; positioned on the threshold of fresh leadership under the newly elected President, Nana Akufo-Addo and his amiable wife, Her Excellency Rebecca Akufo-Addo, who kindly granted us audience and assured AWLO of not only attending the conference but accepted to open the gathering with a keynote address. Thank you, Your Excellency, for this singular honor and recognition.

Together, our focus on how women can actively play a part in economic diversification under a new economic and development agenda for Africa has become a driving compulsion of unwavering desire and steadfast hope. The future, a great one for African Women beckons as we write our names in the annals of history as initiators and drivers of positive change. More than ever before, for the sake of our youths and children, we need to lay a firmer, stronger and deeper foundation for the future that will encourage their potentials to be effectively and efficiently harnessed.

How do we unleash the latent power within us?
A favorite quote by Tim Fargo reminds us that, “Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can’t begin to explore your possibilities.” We all have a voice. We need to be heard. We need to overcome our fears, insecurities and the stereotypes that hold us back. Therein lies our power to inspire others to greatness. In marking this years United Nations International Women’s Day, the world heard the echoes of the theme, “#Be Bold For Change” on every lips. It was a call that struck deep inside my heart. I realized then, that greatness is actually a possibility that is fully explored.

Therefore, in choosing our theme for this conference, AWLO understands that “Unleashing the Power”, requires boldness; a steady affirmation of positive motive and confidence. It is courage dressed for purpose. It is a voice raised from inner belief to address change. Interestingly, AWLO had years ago, painfully realized that some women need to fight for this right; to find their authentic selves long buried underneath other people’s needs and societal stereotypes. This need for self expression remains the fulcrum of our mission, the underlying motivation for our vision, and the driving force of our goals.

How do we inspire greatness?
The truth is, in order to unleash the power, everyone deserves somebody who helps them look forward to tomorrow with courage and hope. Within someone else’s story of fear, struggle, doggedness, awakening and transformation that our speakers reveal during our conferences, life becomes a mirror whereby we can see clearly. When we listen to them, their experiences and challenges quickens, clarifies, illuminates and validates the path to choose for change in our career, business, leadership goals and plans for future growth and achievements. In this way, we become great assets to Africa, and indeed the world.

Looking ahead in excitement to next year, it gives me great honor to announce that AWLO will celebrate its decade long existence and achievements in the grand style that is typical of all our events. Together, we will mark the highlights, milestones and ideals that characterize our organization. We will light a torch of commendation for our partners, decorate our patrons and matrons, award medals of recognition to our state and regional coordinators, and applaud our members with accolades. May, the day come! I confess to being over excited already, just speaking about this.

I invite you all, dear delegates to enjoy the pleasure and history of this great country. Let her strengths summon your strength. Let her quest for transformation rouse yours. Let her conflicts unravel your conflicts. Let her resolutions call forth your hope. Let her journey in history unleash the power, and inspire the greatness within you all.

I thank you for your patience and kind audience.

Great African Women of Worth, I salute you!
AKWAABA!!!!!!

#WeAreAwlo
#UnleashingThePower
#InspiringGreatness
#WeCare


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