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Apply for Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards 2019


The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is an annual international business plan competition created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.

They are currently accepting applications for the 2019 edition. The application will close on August 31st 2018.

Founded in 2006 by Cartier, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD Business School, the competition is open to women-run, for-profit businesses in any country and sector working to create strong social impact.

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards aims to encourage inspirational women entrepreneurs worldwide to solve contemporary global challenges by:

• supporting and recognizing creative women who are making concrete contributions to finding solutions for the future of our planet
• bringing these business solutions to the largest audience possible.

Since 2006, Cartier has accompanied 198 promising female business-owners and recognized 70 laureates.


The 21 finalists, representing the top 3 projects from each of the 7 regions, will receive:

• One-to-one personalized business coaching prior to the Awards week

• Series of entrepreneurship workshops, knowledge sessions and networking events during the Awards week

• Media visibility

• A place on the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship 6-Day Executive Programme (ISEP)

• Networking opportunities through the Cartier Awards community


First prize for the 7 laureates:
• US$ 100 000 in prize money
• One-to-one personalized business mentoring

Second prize for the remaining 14 finalists (second and third runners-up):
• US$ 30 000 in prize money

Apply here


Five Nigerian banks make The Banker Magazine’s 2018 1000 Global Bank


Five Nigerian banks made it to the list of The Banker Magazine’s 2018 1000 Global banks.

The magazine explained that “This slowly improving economic climate was reflected by the growth trajectory of Africa’s banks which have, across the board, posted relatively strong numbers in the 2018 Top 1000 World Banks ranking.”

The banks include

1. Zenith Plc

Rank: First in Nigeria,10th in Africa and 402nd bank in the world

2. Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank)

Rank: Second in Nigeria, 14th in Africa and 576th in the world

3. FirstBank Nigeria Limited

Rank: Third in Nigeria, 16th in Africa and 592nd in the world

4. Access Bank Plc

Rank: Fourth position, 18th in Africa and 630th bank in the world

5. United Bank for Africa Plc

Rank: Fifth in Nigeria, 25nd in Africa and 856th in the global ranking.

The Banker is an English-language monthly international financial affairs publication owned by The Financial Times Ltd. and edited in London, United Kingdom.

Rivers Community asks for Modular Refinery to end illegal bunkering


Elders of the Bille Kingdom in Degema Local Government Area, Rivers State has asked the federal government for licence to operate a modular refinery as a major condition to ending illegal bunkering.

Vice Chairman of Amanyanabo-in-Council, Bille, Dr. Ibitamino Minapakama made this statement when the former governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, visited the area.
Vanguard reports that Minapakama said
“We are grateful that the Federal Government has come to see us. Poverty is one of the major problems we have in the Niger Delta. Anything you can do to assist our communities will be satisfactory. We the chiefs will help and assist our son you have appointed to champion this move to succeed. “We have already applied to the Federal Government to give us a modular refinery to be sited in Bille community due to the facilities we have here. This area deserves a modular refinery. It must be sited in this place. We need reclamations and shore protection to be done for us.”

Modular Refinery are ideally suited for remote locations and are viable for Investments by Private and Public Sector Groups as a source of rapid production of primary fuel products and raw materials for Petrochemical Downstream Industries.

In May, the Department of Petroleum Resources gave licenses to 13 firms to establish modular refineries although a total of 35 firms expressed interest to establish the refineries.

Establishment of modular refineries is one of the key policies of President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration to resolve agitation in the Niger Delta.


Kenya calls for inclusion of women in agribusiness in Africa


Kenya on Thursday called for inclusion of women in agribusiness to help transform the continent’s economy.

Mwangi Kiunjuri, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture and Irrigation, said that the countries should start developing and implementing interventions to support women in agribusiness with focus on the entire supply and value chain in agriculture.

“There is need to provide support to smallholders and women owned micro enterprises to access opportunities to benefit from the existing affirmative action policies,” he said in Nairobi during the launch of ‘Value4Her’.

According to Kiunjuri, `Value4Her’ is aimed at strengthening women’s agribusiness enterprises in Africa.

He noted: “It is unfortunate that in spite of women’s role in production, their engagement end in the post production stages of the agricultural supply chain where they disappear.’’

He blamed the isolation of women in agribusiness for the under-performance of agricultural sector in the developing countries.

“Women farmers face more severe constraints than men in accessing productive resources, markets and services yet they are the mainstay of the sector.

“It is unfortunate that women lack the resources and opportunities they need to make the most productive use of their time in agriculture production,’’ Kiunjuri said.

He noted that women are capable of increasing yields on their farms by about 20 to 30 per cent if given the same access to fertilisers, machinery and information as men and help reduce food imports to the continent.

Michael Hailu, the Director Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development Cooperation (CTA), said that the modernisation of agriculture can only be possible with full participation of women.

Hailu said that women are capable of succeeding once they come together and demand for financial, favourable policies and training on business skills.

“We have to digitalise agriculture so that women farmers could access tools and information online,’’ he added, noting that the ‘Value4Her’ project is meant to give opportunity for women in small agribusinesses.

He revealed that CTA has allocated two million Euros to allow women to empower themselves in the next two years. (Xinhua/NAN)

Air Peace to launch historic all-female flight on July 5


NAN reports that popular Nigerian carrier, Air Peace has said it will commence four-sector flights on the Lagos-Abuja, Abuja-Owerri, Owerri-Abuja and Abuja-Lagos routes with an historic all female flight and cabin crew members on Thursday.

In a statement signed by its Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, he explained that the development was coming days after Air Peace gave command to Mrs Sinmisola Ajibola, who made history as the airline’s first female captain, who was decorated with her new rank by the airline’s Chairman, Mr Allen Onyema.

He noted that the flight was planned in honour of Ajibola’s achievement, a testament to Air Peace’s avowed commitment to gender equality and promotion of Nigerian women in aviation.

He said “Although women occupy most of Air Peace’s top positions, Ajibola’s elevation is a great milestone in our effort to build the capacity of women in the cockpit.

“Ajibola, who will be in command of the four-leg flight, will be assisted in the cockpit by Senior First Officer, Quincy Owen.”

The all-female crew flight, scheduled to take off from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 1.10 p.m. is estimated to arrive to a water salute at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja at 2.20 p.m.

Three Nigerian banks with platforms for women


Women make up over 49% of Nigeria’s 186 million population. There women young or old face many challenges especially in terms of their financial independence.

Recently, I had a conversation with a collegue who insisted that if you are a woman and you are not earning, over N100,000, you still have to depend on a man to meet your basic needs.

Whether a woman is an entrepreneur or a career woman, she still has to deal with the issues of her financial independence. African women are often raised to believe that making financial decisions is the sole responsibility of a man.

Although women are known to be great savers, there is still the question of how to properly save your money and making the right investment. Accessing loans and financial services that is tailored towards the unique needs of a woman is not easy.

This is the reason why banks who have women community and banking initiatives tailored towards women should be commended.

Here are three Nigerian banks with banking initiatives tailored towards women.

Access Bank “The “W” Initiative”

The is “w” initiative is a one-stop center of all of Access Bank’s women empowerment offerings. These include capacity building programs exclusive to women, mentoring programmes, and maternal health services, all aimed at helping to build a bigger, stronger and more sustainable society. Participating women have access to financial services.

I also checked to ensure that the bank is actively managing the community. They have an upcoming event in Kano for female entrepreneurs to teach them business skills at an affordable price.

There is also a female banking team under the “W” initiative. According to the bank’s website, since the pioneering of the Gender Empowerment Program (GEM) in 2006, the bank has provided N2.5billion access to finance, supported the growth of female-owned businesses through capacity building and networking platforms for new and potential female business owners.

Diamond Bank’s “Diamond Woman”

Diamond Woman provides women with financial, business and lifestyle advice. The Diamond woman website has a financial literacy, business clinix, business support services, financial archives category. These category carried financial and legal advise for women. There are also videos of leading women and events hosted by the Diamond Woman initiative. They arlso have a work tips category for career women.

There was a business breakfast event in March. They also have certain discounts for women who are part of the community.

Now having a content platform for women is definitly not the same as actually providing business opportunities and tangible banking benefits tailored towards women. However, the bank is making a great effort to accomodate her female customers.

First Bank “First Gem”

The First Bank First Gem account is designed to meet womens needs. With the First Gem account, women can access low-cost loans for businesses, secure funding for investment. The account comes in savings and current account variant.

The First Gem community is described as a place where 100s of like-minded women gather to connect, grow and share knowledge on everything life, motherhood, career development, entrepreneurship, health, work and family.

The also features a blog which covers money matters, style, career, entrepreneurship.




Instagram’s new long form video app is dope


Yes, Instagram is taking on YouTube with it’s new long form Video app, IGTV

Here are the features of the App

* You can start watching videos right away that means as soon as you sign in.

* Watch videos from creators you already follow and others you might like.

* Browse other videos or search for a specific creator’s channel as you watch.

* Like or comment on videos and send them to your friends in Direct.

* Discover creators and follow them right from IGTV to see more of who they are on Instagram.

Although the app has just over 100k downloads now, in the next few weeks, content creators will start exploring its video format which is vertical and start creating content specifically for IGTV.

So ladies, what are you waiting for!

This Lady started a business at 22 with just $24 in the bank



Meet Gretta van Riel, one of the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia. She started her first business at 22 with just $24 in the bank.

She started her first globally successful startup SkinnyMe Tea (SMT) at the age of 22.

SMT sold over 11 million cups of tea worldwide in 5 years and winning the Shopify Build-A-Business competition in 2013, and creating hundreds of thousands of happy customers in the process.

Gretta went on to co-create The 5th Watches, which also achieved one million dollars in a single day of sales and $100,000 in revenue on its first day of sales.

Her latest venture is an Influencer Marketing platform called Hey Influencers which helps to link and grow relationships between brands and social media influencers.

Hey influencers is currently leading an influencer marketing revolution.

Gretta’s story is one of incredible bravery and audacity and I strongly think a lot of girls can be motivated by this story.

Five times Nigerian Women gave fantastic TED Talks


TED and TEDX talks  are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity. The slogan ideas worth spreading rings true of every topic highlighted be TED speakers.

I have been motivated, encouraged, discouraged by the tens of TED talks I have listened to in my lifetime. I usually stream TED talks at midnight so that I can hear the distinctive sound and ideas that expand my thinking.

As a Nigerian woman, I am keen to always hunt for TED talks by Nigerian women who are doing extraordinary things in their own little or large corners of the world and here is a list of five talks that have inspired me.

Chimamanda Adichie’s The danger of a single story

Here, Adichie tells the story of how she found her true cultural voice and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

She highlighted how the western world sees Africa and how this is totally blinding the moral and political ethos of these western countries.

This TED talk made me proud of my Agege upbringing and all the Shakespearean quotes I have been memorising since I was five.

Taiye Selasi’s Don’t ask where I’m from, ask where I’m a local

British-American writer and photographer of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin tries to make sense of our origin and challenges us to see our identity differently.

She aptly describes herself as multi-local instead of multinational because these experiences that occur in our lifetime is what defines our identity.

Chioma Omeruah’s Don’t be a waste

The first time I saw Chi Girl on stage I said: “who is she.”

Her story of making failure a thing of beauty and finding your passion somehow makes me realise that you don’t always have to know, just don’t be a waste and that is all you ever need in the world.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s How to help Africa? Do business there

Former Finance Minister of Nigeria and former Director of World Bank talks about an Africa you should invest in. In one TED talk, she managed to reconstruct the image of Africa and ushered in an Africa where opportunity awaits.

Yvonne Orji’s The Wait is sexy

Yvonne Orji is a Nigerian-American actress best known for her role as Molly in the HBO series Insecure. As a Nigerian woman, we can all relate with the concept of keeping your virginity till marriage and taming your sexual desires.

Raised by strict Nigerian parents, Yvonne who grew up in the abroad highlights the ups of keeping yourself and encourages everyone to join the sexy wait.

The interesting part of this talk is the fact that you wouldn’t expect that standpoint from a woman who grew up in America where sexual immorality has societal approval.


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