My Thoughts on WEF Africa feautured on Youth Hub Africa

http://youthhubafrica.org/2012/05/20/the-euphoria-of-addis-ababa/

The World Economic Forum on Africa, Addis Ababa May 9th-11th, 2012, President of Nigeria and I

National Gender Policy Dialogue in Nigeria

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Today is an important day in Abuja, as the National Gender Policy Dialogue in Nigeria is taking place at the Sheraton Hotel. It’s nice to see a gender imbalance in the favor of women for once. The men are definitely outnumbered! Truth is, that we need more Champions of Change in Men. Men who will create the policies to ensure gender equality and empowerment of women. The event has been very well organized by The World Bank and DFID with several dignitaries present and dropping compelling statements and statistics moving the audience to take action. The Honorable Ministers of Women Affairs, and Finance represented the Federal Ececutive Council and informed us that the FEC is currently 32%, the highest percentage or women under any President. His Excellency Goodluck Ebele Jonathon has doubled the percentage of women in cabinet in comparison to the previous regime, and that’s commendable but we aren’t there yet. Both ministers as well as the Senate Committee Chair in Women Affairs, Sen. Helen Esuene shared captivating remarks focused on the necessity of empowering women in Nigeria. “A country will fall behind if it doesn’t see it’s girls and women as a source of growth,” said with conviction by Dr. Ngozio Okonjo-Iweala ( Nigeria’s Minister of a Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy). She furthere elaborated that “if empowering women is smart economics, it’s even smarter economics to empower girls.” I totally agree with the Honorable Minister, empowering females should begin when they are young, reorientation is more successful when one is still a child.

I was saddened by several sobering statistics shared, such as “15% of women in Nigeria have bank accounts’ and only 4% of Nigerian girls in the north go to school.” In this day and age that is absurd! The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi asserted that the CBN is working to ensure that more women climb the ranks of promotion and become directors, that’s within one government agency, we need several more to follow suit.

The reality is, in a country where 80.2 million girls and women constitute a major portion of the population it is high time that we make gender policy a priority. I have many ideas about how one can get involved on a day to day basis. My first suggestion is mentoring. “It is only by helping other women that we can be better women.”

Your Very Own Renewable Energy/Business Contributor

Check out Ventures Africa a recently launched website/magazine platform deemed to be the “Forbes of Africa” I am a contributing writer on renewable energy/business in Africa. Stay informed and tuned to updates and new articles!

Visit Ventures Africa and my first post: Powering Up Clean Energy

Follow me on Twitter at: @MsCEO101

Follow Ventures Africa at: @VenturesAfrica

Our Global Village

A business proposal just came across my desk forcing me to think about the worth of my network. As I contemplated , Twitter stuck out to me. Yes Twitter! One of the premiere social media platforms. To me, Twitter emphasizes the reality that we live in a global village. “the globe has been contracted into a village by electric technology and the instantaneous movement of information from every quarter to every point at the same time. In bringing all social and political functions together in a sudden implosion, electric speed heightens human awareness of responsibility to an intense degree.” – Wikipedia

Movements are being catalyzed on Twitter. Connections are being built. Business is being transacted. It is to your advantage to make sure you are not left behind. During the Occupy Nigeria movement not too long ago in conjunction with the fuel subsidy removal in Nigeria, I was able to get real time info on the happenings all across Nigeria. If I wanted a picture I got it. If I wanted to speak with someone who was at the scene, twitter made it easy.

Even if you want to quietly enjoy the never-ending discourse on twitter without making noise, there’s room for you. A simple search of your area of interests will launch you into a midst of commentators, advocates, opponents and much more. If you don’t want people to know who you are, create an alias.

I can give you my personal testimony about valuable connections (renewable energy, youth development, fashion), that I have made on Twitter but I’ll save that for another time. For now, I urge you to get involved. Do it – take the first step and create an account!

Catch me on Twitter: @MsCEO101

Hiatus, But it’s a GOOD Thing!

It’s been a while since I last updated you all but not to worry, this much needed hiatus has been a good thing! I’ve still been writing BUT focusing my energy on other things that I must complete. Won’t say too much for now but hopefully soon I will have some great news to share :-)

With that being said, I’ll brief you all on a few things that will soon make its way to this page as blog posts. The holidays were a great time and I was able to surprise my family! In surprise, I mean A BIG BIG one! I hopped on a plane from Abuja, landed in Amsterdam, explored the much talked about city and then continued on my journey to America. I landed at Dulles National Airport in DC/VA hopped in a cab and headed to Mommy’s house. To my luck, the door was unlocked so I walked right in and gave her the biggest surprise ever. Let’s just say, I’m happy she didn’t pass out (phew!) No one knew of my plans to visit so I got them REAL GOOD.

The USA gave me 7 days of bliss – RELAXATION! The kind of rest I didn’t know I needed until I got there. Thank God for that!

Abuja is keeping me very busy partly why I am on this Hiatus but I cant stay away too long. I’ll be back soon with several updates for you. In the meantime continue to press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling.

Gone Till November…

Title taken from Wyclef Jean’s song “Gone Till November…”

November is over and as a way to commemorate all the happenings and accomplishments in November, I used the hashtag #InNovember on Twitter and listed all that November brought my way! #HelloDecember! I thank God for keeping me and protecting me this last month and pray that his will be done in #December. He deserves ALL the Glory!

Twitter Timeline:

In #November I had the opportunity to attend the #7Billion Actions Youth Forum organized by #UNFPA and #EVA  in #Abuja

In #November we celebrated @Nkirukah‘s birthday! ( a friend of mine in Abuja and fellow energy industry colleague)

In #November, I participated in a photoshoot for the new Trendy Culture Catalog coming to #Abuja. p.s. the Fashion show is tonight!

 In #November I participated in the Biggest Fashion Show to hit #Abuja on 11.11.11 #Runway…it was a BIG success!

In #November I celebrated another anniversary :-)

In #November, 1st Edition of @Healthboxmagazine came out & we hosted a coming out get together. Looking forward to the future as Deputy Editor! Check out Healthbox Magazine online!

In #November I attended a Performance Manager’s meeting which gathered all the generating and distribution power companies in #Nigeria

In #November I made a decision 2 help lead a self-defense movement 2 protect ourselves frm certain situatons in #Nigeria..details soon

In #November I did a photoshoot for TruStar Magazine’s next edition #Abuja

In #November I received great news that I was selected as  a Young @GlobalShapers by the World Economic Forum! #Abuja

In #November I had a business meeting that by God’s grace will reap bug benefits and create lasting impact in #Nigeria

#November was a busy month, fruitful & productive. As we move on 2 the last month of the year, I pray that God’s will be done. #HelloDecember
I’d love to hear about your November, follow me on twitter @MsCEO101!

World Economic Forum Global Shapers

I received some great news today… I have just been selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. I was nominated by someone who is globally known and has a CV full of accolades and accomplishments so this came as a complete surprise. I am humbled that this person recommended me and I’m grateful that the World Economic Forum selected me. I am excited to collaborate with other global shapers, organizations, the government and anyone who has a passion for impacting our nation. You never know who is watching you from close and from a far so always do your best at anything you commit to…

I will be working to build the Abuja hub so if you know any young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society, let me know!

What Shapers do?

Shapers are organized in a network of local hubs based in each major city around the world. They undertake events and activities that generate a positive impact within their local community. The community is vitalized by the manifold interactions generated inside each hub, between hubs and on a global level. Complementing face-to-face meetings, particular emphasis will be placed on the virtual dimension – enabling shapers to collaborate and learn from each other through the community platform. Global Shapers will have an impact by catalysing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Shapers will also get involved in crossmentoring with other World Economic Forum communities.

Learn more here:

http://www.weforum.org/community/global-shapers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shaAiy2S3fk