Top Business Leaders Gather to Empower African Women

Top Business Leaders Gather to Empower African Women


African women have reasons to smile as key decision makers gather in Lagos to discuss ways to improve their lives. At the maiden African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, AWIEF, stakeholders in finance, trade, legislation, media and entertainment will converge for two days to make inputs on how to empower women all over the continent. Improving access to finance, building the capacity of women, participation in economic opportunities and ensuring adequate mentoring for young entrepreneurs are some topics of concern to be addressed by AWIEF participants. 

Notable speakers CONFIRMED for this conference and expo include:

  • Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili, Former VP Africa Region, World Bank

  • Adjaratou Ndiaye, UNWomen Deputy Representative to Nigeria & ECOWAS, representing the UN
  • Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder, LEAP Africa
  • Onari Duke, Country Director, Empretec Nigeria Foundation, representing UNCTAD
  • Lucia Quachey, Secretary General, Federation of African Women Entrepreneurs & President Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs, Ghana
  • Lilian Asomugha, Co-Founder/CEO, the Asomugha Foundation, USA
  • Sabetha Mwanbenja, Managing Director, Tanzanian Covenant Bank for Women, Tanzania
  • Njideka Harry, President, Youth for Technology, USA
  • Candide Bamezon-Leguede, President, ECOWAS Business Women Forum
  • Zainab Saleh, President, IWS Lagos
  • Shimite Katung, President, Quintessential Business Women Association
  • Dolapo Kukoyi, Partner, Detail Commercial Solicitors
  • Audrey Joe-Ezigbo, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Falcon Corporation
  • Mostaq Ahmeed, Founder/CEO, International Centre for Microfinance and Social Enterprises, Bangladesh
  • Lere Baale, Director, Business School Netherlands (BSN Nigeria)
  • Nathalie Chinje, Founder/CEO, Upbeat Marketing (Pty) Ltd & Executive Director, WEConnect International, South Africa
  • Oluremi  Aribisala, Chairperson, African Women  Leaders Think Tank
  • Onyeka Onwenu, Director General, National Centre for Women Development
  • Jide Akintunde, Managing Editor, Financial Nigeria Magazine & CEO, Financial Nigeria International Limited
  •  Divine Nduhlukula, Founder/CEO, Securico, Zimbabwe