I was privileged to attend this years’s edition of She Forum which held at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja on the 6th of October 2016. It was one of the best organised events I have been to in a long while and Inimfon Etuk (Founder- She Forum) and Fadimatu Abubakar Dalil (Vice Chairman -She Forum) were the perfect hostesses.
She Forum Africa Conference started a couple of years ago and is a unique convergence of women whose voices, leadership antecedents, business accomplishments and entrepreneurial feats are disrupting traditional notions of gender, feminism and everything in between. At She Forum women achievers from all works of life come together to brainstorm in a serious yet light-hearted atmosphere.
The panels were interactive, rich and informative and some of the panelists were.
- Hauwa Shekarau : Country Director IPAS
- Olufunke Baruwa : CEO Nigerian Women Trust Fund
- Ebere Ifendu: President, Women in Politics
- Naomi Osemedua: Author/Positive Change Coach
- Hajia. Aisha Babangida: Chairperson, Better Life Programme for the African Rural Woman
- Tara Fela-Durotoye: Founder/CEO, House of Tara International
- Debbie Oghene: Principal Consultant, Trumps Consulting
- Linus Okorie: Founder/President, Guardians of the Nation International
- Se. Biodun Olujimi: Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Sam Obafemi : Behavioural Change Therapist
- J.J. Omojuwa: Media Entrepreneur; and many others!
When I saw the long list of panelists I wondered how the organisers were going to fit everyone in one day, but thankfully they had a good formula as the panels were short and succinct with just the right amount of depth.
The panels were on a range of topics such as Personal Development, Democracy and Governance amongst others.
One of my favorite panels was moderated by media personality Ivy Clem and the other panelists were the trio of Oluwatoyin Sanni (Group CEO United Capital), Aisha Lemu (Deputy MD-Aerotropolis Development Company and Khadizat Bisallah (President, Abuja Alumni, Goldmansachs 10k women). The panel discussed Entrepreneurship & Investment Financing and it was very educative indeed. Oluwatoyin Sanni spoke about the need to hire people who have the right attitude, hunger and passion for the job. Aisha Lemu also spoke about her experiences in business and how she learnt and moved ahead.
Another great panel was on Health and Lifestyle and was moderated by Moji Makanjuola a pioneer in the area of Public Health Media. The other panelists were Dr. Ngozi Azodo (Director in the Federal Ministry of Health) and H.E Toyin Saraki (Founder, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa). Dr. Azodo spoke about the great health needs she had seen in different parts of the country and how the Ministry of Health was doing its part in this area. Toyin Saraki passionately spoke about her foundation which trains midwives to reduce maternal mortality rates and aid development.
The last panel was an all-male panel and it was just as interesting and lively as the preceding panels. All in all it was a beautiful event and I will look forward to being part of She Forum 2016.
*some pictures courtesy of jaruma.net