By Suoyo Ekubo
The Women Achievers Conference & Award organized by I AM NIGERIA platform was held on Wednesday 27 2023 in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.
The event was a platform for discussing the challenges and opportunities facing women in Nigeria today. Speakers and panelists explored topics such as Work-Life Balance, Challenges and Opportunities for women in Politics, Business, Media, Personal Branding, Productivity and the importance of female role models.
One of the highlights of the conference was the award ceremony, which recognised the accomplishments of outstanding women in a variety of fields, including business, government, education, and civil society. The award recognises Nigerian women who have broken barriers and achieved success in their chosen field.
The Women Achievers Award recipients include, Mrs Ivy Davies Etokakpan the Publisher and Editor-in-chief of EveAfrique Lifestyle Magazine, Chief Mrs Sarah Dagah Chairperson Sarah Dagah Foundation, Mrs Ruth Davies Ibiamu, Port Harcourt born fashion designer CEO of Ruthie’s Fashion Empire.
Prof. Ummu Armed Jalingo, a Prof. of Economics and Board Member, Central Bank of Nigeria,
Ngozi Oyewole, Founder, NOXIE Furniture and the CEO of Strategic Women and Youth Institute.
Mary Madu Hamman, Former President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association, WISTA-Nigeria.
Hajia Bola Muse, President of Women in Maritime, Africa.
Hajiya Halima Ben Umar; Executive Director, Women in Media and Communication Initiative.
Funmilayo Arowogun, National President, Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW).
Dr. Adaora Onyechere, one of Nigeria’s foremost broadcast Journalists
Modupe Oyekunle, National Coordinator, Association of Nigerian Women Business Network, Nigeria.
Hajara Jibrin Gidado, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Child Development, Bauchi State.
In her speech as one of the recipients of the award, Ivy Davies Etokakpan lauded the women empowerment initiative, she stated that women do a lot in the society and any opportunity to the woman is welcome development.
She stated “this award is dedicated to the Niger Delta woman who we have been representing whose story and milestone we have been celebrating for the past 15 years via the work that we do as a newspaper and as an advocate for development and good health. Niger Delta is blessed with rich and resourceful women, I can assure the organisers that as we go home with this award, by this time next year they will have more Niger Delta women standing where I am standing with this same award because we have a rich resource of strong women doing great things in the Niger Delta though their stories have not been told at the national level.”
She also affirmed that there will be a better spotlight on the activities of the niger Delta woman