A non-governmental organization, Entrepreneurship Action in US (ENACTUS) has held an empowerment seminar for female students, with the aim to mentor them to become successful leaders in business and politics.
The event took place at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island in Lagos and was attended by 900 students from 20 universities.
Head of ENACTUS media team, Mrs. Elizabeth Okwoho, said the seminar was informed by the need to engage the female students in community-based project aimed at influencing and educating women at the grassroots.
She said: “What brings up the idea of women empowerment is the need to train female students, who will engage women population in the northern part of the country that has been edged out of economic opportunities, because of religious barrier. We need to break this barrier and this is why we have brought successful women to inspire the trainees.”
The event was in two phases- the discussion and engagement sessions. During the discussion, Editor-in-Chief of TW Magazine, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, inspired the participants with her personal experience in leadership, advising them to always strive to achieve success in their endeavors.
In the engagement session, the participants were paired with a mentor who, led discussions in the group and responded to questions from the mentees.
Discussions at the seminar focused on overcoming the challenges of being a woman in leadership position, balancing work and family responsibilities, becoming a role model in a hostile environment, and applying entrepreneurial skills to achieve success, among others.
Other speakers at the event included Public Affairs Officer of the United States (U.S.) Embassy, Melissa Ford, officials of U.S. Embassy, Deb Maclean and Chinenye Uwadilike, former Executive Director of Junior Achievement, Kunbi Wuraola, Executive Director, Ideas Builders Initiative, Lucy Kanu, a banker, Osayi Oruene-Alele, Managing Director, Cardinal Developers, Bernadine Okeke, and former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Prof Olabisi Aina, among others.
A 100-Level student of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Islamiat Abdulsalam, said she learnt leadership tips from seminar, promising to engage in vulnerable women in her community in economic empowerment.
Excel Deyofege, a student of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), said her dream to become a business leader had become realizable after she received mentorship during the seminar.
“I had a problem on how to manage my time. I always do a lot of tasks, which sometimes I felt I should give up on them. Now, I have learnt how to go about managing my time for various activities I engage in. I have plans to have business and I have been inspired to go steps further to achieving my dream,” she said.
Emem Asuquo of the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) said she learnt how to make decisions and combining both family responsibilities with career.