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Renowned African Women’s Conference to take place in Nigeria in May

Female leaders from the worlds of politics, business, philanthropy, media, fashion, entertainment and the arts will gather together to empower and inspire the next generation. This is the second time the WIE Africa Symposium is happening and it is timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum Africa. Speakers will come from across the continent, […]

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Female leaders from the worlds of politics, business, philanthropy, media, fashion, entertainment and the arts will gather together to empower and inspire the next generation. This is the second time the WIE Africa Symposium is happening and it is timed to coincide with the World Economic Forum Africa.

Speakers will come from across the continent, including Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya, and Ghana. They include Nigerian’s first female billionaire Folorunso Alakija, who will speak in a spotlight session, sharing her learnings on leadership with the ambitious and aspirational crowd that WIE attracts. At the time of confirming her attendance Alakija added:

 

I am absolutely delighted to be attending the Women Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Africa event this year as I am extremely passionate about the empowerment and success of our women in their own rights. I look forward to both contributing and listening to other successful female entrepreneurs as we share experiences of what I am sure will be an informative event, motivating and inspiring the next generation.”

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Also speaking are renowned advocate and philanthropist Toyin Saraki; top bank manager, Bola Adesola; media mogul Mo Abudu; entrepreneur Magatte Wade, also named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women of Africa by Forbes; businesswoman Myma Belo-Osagie; top fashion designer Folake Folarin-Coker; and Kenyan national TV icon Julie Gichuru.

 

In addition to the speakers, a number of organisations are actively involved in the WIE African Symposium and have partnered with the event. These are: Wellbeing Foundation, Standard Chartered, Veuve Clicquot, The Girl Effect (Nike Foundation), Aequitas Consulting.

Other partners include: InterContinental Lagos, Temple Muse, Genevieve Magazine, Ventures Africa, Bella Naija, HELLO!, Connect Nigeria, Afritickets.

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WIE (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise), founded in 2010 is a global annual conference and community designed to empower the next generation of women leaders. WIE Africa will showcase the women taking a central role in shaping the Africa of tomorrow and aims to contribute to changing any negative perceptions of Africa as a whole by presenting successful African women and innovation.

Dee Poku, Co-Founder and CEO of WIE said: “In this truly exciting second edition of WIE Africa, our mission is to get to the core of how Africa’s talent can both drive development within the continent and have global impact. I’m so thrilled about the incredible calibre of people we’ve managed to attract to the event.”

The day will be packed full of panels and workshops featuring speakers from the worlds of politics, business, philanthropy, media, fashion, entertainment and the arts. Topics for discussion include: “Retail Ready: Developing African Labels Into Viable Businesses”; “The Power of Publishing: Women’s Role in Shaping Africa’s Media Industry”; “Our Future: What It Means to Empower African Women”; “Afropolitans – The Return Home” and “What can Africapitalism mean for Africa”.

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Previous WIE Symposiums in London, New York and Cape Town have boasted some of the most recognisable thought-leaders from around the world including Graca Machel, Nancy Pelosi, Iman, Sarah Brown, Donna Karan, Ariana Huffington, Cherie Blair, Jill Biden, Diane von Furstenberg, Baroness Valerie Amos, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ted Turner, Dambisa Moyo, Tamara Mellon, Tyra Banks, Christy Turlington, Nick Clegg, Geena Davis and Aerin Lauder to name a few.

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