Q & A with Timipre Wolo: I am Never Afraid to Leave my Comfort Zone… and Break New Grounds

I am a graceful, elegant, and purpose-driven woman of faith on a mission to fulfill destiny. I am never afraid to leave my comfort zone, tackle challenges and break new grounds in the quest to live my dreams, and ultimately impact my world.
I am a Lawyer by training, specialized in Oil & Gas Law. I come from Ekowe in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in the oil rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. I am the MD/CEO of TFN Energy Limited and was recently appointed Chairperson, Ladies in Oil & Gas (LIOG) Nigeria. I Founded the Center for Gender Equality, Education and Empowerment (CGEEE). I served as a member of the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Legal team; as special Assistant to the Executive Secretary; and subsequently as pioneer head of the PTDF Industry Collaboration Unit. I have become the youngest person to ever serve on the PTDF Management.

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Two habits that keep Timipre Wolo Grounded

The first is Gratitude. I am always thankful and having no sense of entitlement. And the second is being consistent.

One Experience that has Shaped my Leadership Journey?

Losing my Mom at the age of 12 propelled me to take on certain responsibilities at home and life became more about looking out for my siblings and that experience practically helped to shape me into the woman that I am today. Looking out for others and inspiring people to take action naturally became a part of me.

One lesson that other Women in Leadership can Learn from Me

Use whatever power or opportunity you have to lift others up, and stay humble and grounded, no matter what.

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What Type of Association is Crucial for Women in Leadership?

Seek out people who inspire you and challenge you to be better. People you can learn from and those who can look you in the eye and tell you as it is, and not necessarily what you want to hear. Also stay connected to your spiritual parents. For instance, Mommy and Daddy David Abioye have always been a very strong source of inspiration, counsel and encouragement to me over the years. No leader, male or female can possibly climb the ladder of success alone, we all need guidance, counsel and support at one point or the other in our journey through life. It is also important to choose your friends as a leader.

I have very few friends because I would rather have one very good pair of shoes, than a dozen broken pairs. On that note, let me use this medium to give a shout out to my very good friend-turned-sister, Pastor (Mrs.) Joyce Pender and hubby, Pastor GT Pender, for always having my back. Love you guys much.

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One Mistake that a Leader Must not Make

Never see yourself as a ‘leader’ but as a servant, called to serve. Never look down on anybody. If anything, treat everyone as equal, including your support staff. We are all equal before our creator.

Are you a woman in leadership and would like to inspire our readers with your story as or do you know any woman in leadership with an inspiring journey? Please share with us via contributor@awlo.org

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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