AWLO 10TH ANNIVERSARY COUNTDOWN kick-starts with NGFL Roundtable Abuja

It’s been a yearning for African Women In Leadership Organisation (AWLO), to raise young female leaders and involve more experienced leaders in raising them. The Youth Council of African Women in leadership Organisation has been the anchor for raising young leaders however there is a need to harness the experience of Women Leaders in raising them.

The gap between the younger and older women leaders has created a disconnect. It is our responsibility to ensure that values are handed down and It is important for the young leaders to glean from the wealth of experience of older leaders.

Our hope is for their efforts to be consolidated as many young leaders are already contributing to their community. We hope for the experienced leaders to create tangible opportunities for them in addition to sharing experiences.

The Next Generation Female Leaders Roundtable; NGFL Abuja held yesterday was finally a fruition of our desires. The Young Leaders were excited to finally have an experienced leader who can walk in their shoes.  The Director General of NAPTIP; Barr. Julie Okah-Donli who hosted the Roundtable hit the nail on the head as she delved into real life issues that stop the women from owning the leadership narrative. She shared overwhelming statistics, and buttressed that the female folk have been marginalized for too long.

Barr. Julie shared her milestones as an example of a woman who has conquered the leadership benchmark for women. Her experience ranged from being a student and breaking out of the ‘women are not as smart’ mold and bagging so many accolades, to serving in the capacity of the Executive Assistant to the Governor of Bayelsa State; where she created opportunities for more women to get involved in Leadership. She advised the ladies to be their sisters’ keepers and raise each other up, rising above competitiveness.

To crown it up, she opened opportunities for the young leaders to partner with NAPTIP. The ladies shared about their impressive projects, and Barr. Julie was moved to get involved. She committed to speaking engagements, NAPTIP’s full involvement in their projects, and teaming up with them for NAPTIP’s Community Development efforts.

The Ladies were given ‘a free pass’ to the AWLO 10th Anniversary Conference, as this was a first in a series of events in a build up to the Conference. The Founder of AWLO who not only explained the importance of creating such exemplary leadership opportunities for young women to emulate, but to open doors for them for global relevance for young women

The Founder of AWLO; Dr. Elisha Attai

The 10th Anniversary Conference a.k.a The 10th Annual African Women in Leadership Conference is a solution to the gap in women’s leadership in Africa. AWLO has initiated a movement that changes the narrative in women’s leadership in Africa through capacity building, and engaging stakeholders in the initiation of solutions to involve more women in leadership.

This year’s African Women in Leadership Conference opens with a reception on the 19th of July in honor of the Vice President of Liberia; Chief Dr. Jewel Howard-Taylor, a member of African Women in Leadership Organisation. This is a major milestone for AWLO; producing a female leader in that capacity.

This will be followed by the 2 days Conference that converges women of African Descent for leadership development. Not only does it provide women a platform to network but to brainstorm for personal development. It’s a case of ‘birds of a feather flock together’. Whereas it is important to talk about women forming think-tanks and support systems, it is more important to have them actually do it.

Women getting involved in creating opportunities for themselves. This is not a group of wailers, but women bringing their own seat to the table.

Asides from bonding moments, our speakers are policy makers, outstanding professionals, innovators, from all over Africa and the diaspora. We are going to engage in enlightening conversations and create opportunities for women to excel through Learning sessions and networking.

One of the high points of this event is the unveiling and decoration of ‘100 Amazons’ a compendium of women who have risen above the setbacks that beset women in Africa to become shining examples in their field.

African Women in Leadership Conference also inspires ‘the African Movement’ and will feature Exhibitions by indigenous brands and an African fashion Show headlined by the Nigerian Brand Kiks Place.

Yes, this is going to be a mix of learning and fun!

Are you still wondering what to do next? Start by Registering for African Women in Leadership Conference via www.awlo.org/anniversary and create your #AWLOAT10 DP via  http://adp.awlo.org/

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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


 

 

 

 

 

 


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