Ex-Bayelsa first lady Sylva tasks women on entrepreneurial, skills acquisition

2024-04-29 21:11:10

Blueprint Newspapers Limited

A former Bayelsa first lady, Mrs. Alanyingi Sylva, has charged business women to take maximum advantage of entrepreneurial and skills acquisition that could offer hope for a future of true gender equality.

Mrs. Alanyingi, who is also the chairperson, Focus Africa Women Forum, made this charge during the Focus Africa Women Forum tagged, "Celebrating Women Owned Businesses April 2024, at NICON LUXURY, Abuja on Saturday.

She said focus Africa women forum provides a platform for women's empowerment, advocacy and training.

She said women have contributed so much to the advancement of business, politics and cultural transformation in the world.

According to her, "since 2017, we have held high-powered quarterly events that have brought unique collection of female leaders from business, government, media and entertainment, artisans and even market women from 27 countries to promote entrepreneurship, inclusion, gender diversity and to break bias women face in order to address stereotypes."

"It is our belief that awareness is very important, but even more so action. So, women in organisations, in government, in business with their teams and peers, must continually choose to encourage others, advocate for inclusion, and ultimately effect lasting change in our communities," she said.

Earlier, the President, Focus Africa Series, Ibeh Sucex Bright, while speaking to Blueprint, gave credit to his team and especially the chairperson, Mrs. Alanyingi for finding time to attend the occasion.

Sucex Bright said, "for the past five years, we have done programmes targeted at elevating women and giving the platform to expand their businesses, and today, we have to appreciate them for the effort they are making in their businesses because pushing a brand is not easy, especially during this financial hardship."

He said she was impressed because organisations like Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Rall Material Research Council of Nigeria (RMRCN), and Centre for Gender Value and Culture were represented at the very epoch making event.

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