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Leading Women: Interview With Kabo Leshoai

Leading Women: Interview With Kabo Leshoai

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One of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs, Kabo Leshoai, a passionate, intelligent, South African business woman, who has remained a source of inspiration to young women, shares her success story, challenges faced, and her ideologies on the African society today that needs to be re-examined and more so, readjusted. Who Is Kabo Leshoai? I am a 39 year old mother to a beautiful human being, wife, daughter and sister, involved in a few businesses in different capacities. My current role is Managing Director of DSolar (Pty) Ltd, an absolute privilege that allows me to play within the Energy efficiency space. The energy industry is a space that has sparked my interest, an industry I would like to grow in and make an impact as green energy is very exciting.  In addition to my current role, I a
FG Urges Women to Participate in Gold Mining

FG Urges Women to Participate in Gold Mining

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The Federal Government has urged women in communities replete with gold deposit to begin to participate actively in gold mining activities in order to enhance their economic wellbeing. According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Thursday, the Minister of State for Solid Minerals, Alhaji Bawa Abubakar, said this in Ibodi, Osun State at the sensitisation and awareness campaign on gender mainstreaming in the Nigerian mining sector. Speaking on the theme, ‘Promoting women in mines towards mining prosperity’, the minister, who was represented by the Desk Officer Gender, Mrs Hasana Shaaba, said the involvement of women in gold mining should be active in order to enjoy the benefits it had to offer. The minister said, “Mining is one of the jobs that Federal G
WISCAR Wants More Women In Leadership Positions

WISCAR Wants More Women In Leadership Positions

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A group, Women in Successful Career, has urged young women to participate in governance and contribute to national development, saying it is the only way to promote inclusive governance in Nigeria. It gave the encouragement at the second quarter of its Meet-A-WISCAR series in Lagos, which had a panel of women from various professional fields. The keynote speaker and Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, stated that the development of any country required the collective participation of men and women. Abiola-Costello, who is also the President of Women in Africa, said, “It has been recognised globally that gender equality in political participation is a fundamental aspect of modern democratic governance and everyone should have the opportunity to participa
Leading and Succeeding

Leading and Succeeding

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Saira Banu Khan, the CEO of Rise Against Hunger: Africa, can be described as a dynamic, highly competent and strategic person with technical experience in both corporate and NGO sectors. The 53 year old proud grandmother started her career as a registered nurse in 1985, and moved into the corporate arena in 1990, where she held a number of key leadership roles in the medical health insurance arena. She went further for a master’s degree in 1992. Speaking to a correspondent of Inside Business Africa, Saira Khan recounts the reason behind her move from the corporate sector to the NGO. “18 years ago,my son was in a car accident. This made me revaluate who I was. I decided to start an NGO, for women who had no resources, but shared the same pain as me”. Many years later, Saira successful
Stakeholders Laud Air Peace’s All-female Crew Flight

Stakeholders Laud Air Peace’s All-female Crew Flight

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Stakeholders in the aviation industry have commended Air Peace on its first all-female crew flight with its first female captain, Sinmisola Ajibola, in command. The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said the airline had joined the league of airlines that had operated flights with only women in charge of the cockpit, cabin, engineering and dispatch. The minister, who was represented by the Director, Safety and Technical Policy, Ministry of Transportation, Capt. Talba Alkali, received the flight in Abuja and said the feat had shown the airline was gender friendly. He said Air Peace’s all-female flight was the first time a Nigerian airline was deploying high capacity aircraft such as the Boeing 737 with only Nigerians in charge. “Air Peace has made a tremendou
Women Entrepreneurs; An Opportunity To Accelerate Development

Women Entrepreneurs; An Opportunity To Accelerate Development

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Increasing participation of Nigerian women in global trade by lowering the obstacles faced by women entrepreneurs at home and internationally, and helping these businesswomen connect to international clients and value chains, would reinforce growth and gender inclusiveness in economic growth. Women are the backbone of most informal economy. Therefore, joining other countries and working together to boldly make women business enterprises a significant contributor in the country’s economy and revenue is must do. It is for this reason that women’s visibility and trade intelligence are important. Consequently, taking gender into account matters when developing and implementing trade policy as placing women at the heart of global policy making, will go a long way in achieving gender equal
Diamond Bank to Offer Women Entrepreneurs More Financial Assistance

Diamond Bank to Offer Women Entrepreneurs More Financial Assistance

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Diamond Bank Plc has pledged to provide more financial assistance to women entrepreneurs to enable them to contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth. The bank’s Acting Head, Regional Businesses, North Directorate, Mr. Sufiyanu Garba, said this during the maiden edition of a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises workshop held in Abuja and tagged ‘Going from Good to Great’. He said the bank was committed to the MSMEs empowerment drive, adding that the seminar was designed to broaden the business acumen of entrepreneurs. Garba noted that women were very important for the development of the economy, adding that “at Diamond Bank, we are very supportive of women and this initiative is one of such ways to show this support.” According to him, the aim of the workshop is t
Facebook Launches Women Entrepreneurship Initiative in Nigeria

Facebook Launches Women Entrepreneurship Initiative in Nigeria

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Facebook has launched a women entrepreneurship initiative, #SheMeansBusiness, in Nigeria, in partnership with She Leads Africa. The Sales Manager, Small and Medium Business, Facebook EMEA, Abi Williams, said the initiative was designed to inspire and train female entrepreneurs across the country to build, grow and start their own businesses, and also create opportunities for would-be entrepreneurs in Nigeria to meet and learn from others. According to Williams, a recent study conducted by Development Economics on behalf of Facebook, estimated that businesses set up by women in Nigeria over the next five years hold the key to unlocking N19.7bn for the economy and the opportunity of creating a further 8.9 million additional jobs. “With the number of new women-owned small business pages
BoI Earmarks N22 Billion to Drive Women Entrepreneurship

BoI Earmarks N22 Billion to Drive Women Entrepreneurship

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The Bank of Industry (BOI) has announced that over N22 billion has been budgeted to drive women entrepreneurship in the country, even as it restated its commitment to women empowerment. The Managing Director, BOI, Olukayode Pitan, explained that in 2017, a cumulative disbursement of about N20.5 billion was made to support women businesses in the country, maintaining that the N22 billion by way of disbursement this year, would represent a record breaking achievement of what the bank has done in the past 12 years. The BoI boss represented by the Executive Director, SMEs, Waheed Olagunju, during an event to commemorate the international women’s day, said, “We are looking at ways to support businesses promoted by women, businesses owned by women, businesses led by women in terms of manag
Sterling Bank Empowers Female Entrepreneurs

Sterling Bank Empowers Female Entrepreneurs

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In a bid to empower women operating in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sectors of the Nigerian economy, Sterling Bank Plc has organised a capacity building to equip them with competencies required to run better businesses. The programme was powered by ‘One-Woman’, the bank’s robust and exclusive value proposition for women. Commenting on the capacity building programme, the Head of Retail Sales, Sterling Bank Plc, Cosmas Uwaezuoke, was quoted in a statement to have said: “The bank is committed to equipping female entrepreneurs with business skills and financial management competencies required to run better businesses. We are doing this because research shows that women own 41 percent of businesses in Nigeria. However, just about two percent of women entrepreneurs have