Power Brunch: The event brought together influential women including Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Ahunna Eziakonwa; Lagos Commissioner Designate, Solape Hammond; President of Transcorp PLC., Owen Omogiafo; beauty entrepreneur and lawyer, Tara Fela-Durotoye; and others.
The purpose of the event was to facilitate discussions among women of influence about advancing women in various sectors, as well as promoting investment in girls’ empowerment and education.
Ahunna Eziakonwa, a special guest at the brunch, emphasized the significance of women in politics and the positive impact of their representation in decision-making positions.
Meanwhile, Adebola Williams stressed the vital role of media in reshaping societal perceptions and providing positive role models for young girls. He highlighted the importance of portraying women in leadership positions as the norm, both in Africa and worldwide.
“The media has a massive role to play in changing societal stereotypes and narratives, and to show young girls that they are capable and free to be the best version of themselves.
“Women in key leadership positions must be projected by the media as the norm so that young girls in Africa and the world can see role models that not only look like them but also know and understand the challenges that they go through daily,” he added.
Lagos Commissioner Designate, Solape Hammond; also underscored the importance of collaboration for accelerated development and described her shift from the private sector to public service driven by the goal of fostering cooperation.
“My raison d’être for going into public service was collaboration,” she said. “I had been in the private sector all my life until the last three and half years. It’s really about, ‘How do we bring everybody to the table?’ ‘How do we get big companies to come together to create something truly different?”
Additional featured speakers included Beauty Entrepreneur Tara Fela-Durotoye, who delved into the significance of family values in cultivating responsible citizens.
Alongside her, Ngozi Edozien, Managing Partner at Invivo, shared her insights from board service and highlighted the contrasting levels of women’s representation between international corporations and Nigeria.
Other distinguished attendees included Ndidi Nwuneli, Co-founder and Partner at AACE Foods;
Actress and Advocate, Kate Henshaw;
Stephanie Busari, CNN Digital Chief for Africa;
Adebola Williams, Director at Promasidor;
Soromidayo George, Director of Sustainability at Nigerian Bottling Company;
Chioma Okolie, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Airtel;
Nwando Ajene, CEO of Roots2Market, Aspen Fellow and Mosun Layode, Executive Director of African Philanthropy Forum.
The event aimed to foster dialogue, empowerment, and progress for women across various domains.
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