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This is How Successful Women Lead in the Workplace


African Millenial Women have to deal with certain biases in the workplace especially because of our gender and the fact that our society believes that women are not allowed to take certain leadership positions because it’s a man’s world.

The first time I worked in a proper organisation, I questioned why women were assigned to certain roles and men were assigned to certain roles. It was in a Newspaper organisation and women are traditionally assigned soft beats while men got the hard beats like politics, business.

I choose politics desk because I wasn’t raised with the biases of impissibilities. Not long after, I learnt that this scenerio was the same in most organisations, certain biases that prevent women from taking leadership positions.

Let sit back and take a cue from how successful women lead in the workplace.

Only judge yourself by your own metrics

Integrate achieving high financial goals with your business objectives. Whether you are an entrepreneur or a career woman, don’t let the biases that surround you stop you from wanting to achieve the very best of everything you desire.

Lead like you

Don’t adopt the leadership techniques of someone else without taking into consideration what your heart is telling you, let your leadership style be uniquely yours, listen to your head and your guts.

Embrace financial knowledge

Numbers don’t lie, know the numbers, assimilate them and use them to make valuable financial decisions, never let numbers scare you and don’t use your lack of business acumen as an excuse.

Value your time and your resources

Guard your time and resources, improve and develop yourself. You are your greatest asset and you should never forget that.

Christian Club imparts entrepreneurial skills on 1,000 Plateau women


A Christian club, Virtue Blazers, has organised a three-day workshop on entrepreneurial skills for 1,000 women in Plateau, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.

NAN reports that the workshop also focused on promoting professional excellence among women to make them more competitive in service delivery.

Mr Tobi Salawu, the Northern Regional Coordinator of the club, who spoke with newsmen on Monday in Jos, at a ceremony to round off the workshop, said that its goal was to make women outstanding in their offices.

“ We organised the workshop to encourage and challenge the participants on professional excellence and entrepreneurial skills. We want to empower them economically and make them outstanding in the discharge of their duties.

“The entrepreneurial skills will encourage them to have multiple source of income to meet their personal and family needs because white collar jobs are scare or may not satisfy their needs,” he said

He said that the club had so far trained 15,000 participants since it commenced its seminars, workshops and camp training in 2005, adding that outreaches had also been organised to educate students on the dangers of social vices.

Among resource persons at the workshop were Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, former Minister for Water Resources, as well as Mrs. Leah Onigbinde, General Manager, Onigbinde Stores. (NAN)

SEO Basics: What Search Engines Are Looking For


Search engines want to do their jobs as best as possible by referring users to websites and content that is the most relevant to what the user is looking for.

Relevancy is determined by

Content: Is determined by the theme that is being given, the text on the page, and the titles and descriptions that are given.

Performance: How fast is your site and does it work properly?

Authority: Does your site have good enough content to link to or do other authoritative sites use your website as a reference or cite the information that’s available?

User Experience: How does the site look? Is it easy to navigate around? Does it look safe? Does it have a high bounce rate?

What Search Engines Are NOT Looking For

Search engine bots only have a certain amount of data storage, so if you’re performing shady tactics or trying to trick them, chances are you’re going to be discovered. Items the search engines don’t want are:

Keyword Stuffing: Overuse of keywords on your pages.

Purchased Links: Buying links will get you nowhere when it comes to SEO, so be warned.

Poor User Experience: Make it easy for the user to get around. Too many ads and making it too difficult for people to find content they’re looking for will only increase your bounce rate.

Company to empower 500,000 rural women in Kwara


No fewer than 500,000 women in rural communities will be empowered by Kaiama Shea Butter Company for the proposed planting of one million Shea butter trees across the state.

Mr Temitope Amujo, the Chairman of the Company, said this while speaking with newsmen in Ilorin on Monday.

According to him, the state government, in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA), had provided the enabling environment for the take-off of the company in the state.

“We launched the Save-the-Shea campaign with the sole mandate of planting 100,000 Shea trees, empower 500,000 rural women in communities and achieve zero poverty in the state.

“This is to ensure safe climate; and to achieve this, we have acquired land in Kaiama Local Government Area to establish the first commercial Shea plantation and develop the first Shea Hub, called Kaiama Shea Hub (KaSH).

“We recently discovered that Shea tree is one of the endangered species that is seriously affected by deforestation activities because of its high quality for charcoal production.

“Our major target now is to discourage cutting of Shea trees for charcoal production, plant new trees and establish another Shea hub.’’

Amujo said that the specific vision was to create a minimum of 300 local jobs and attract foreign investment in Shea value chain development in the state.

He said that about N30 million has been injected into the company — N12 million in grant, N10 million sourced from private investment and N8 million in liability.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Shea butter processing plant was established in 2014. (NAN)

NGO donates 160 aprons to market women in Abuja


Photo Credit: NAN

In a bid to promote cleanliness among traders and check health and environmental hazards in the market, an NGO known as `Umuada Di-Igbo Mma’, on Friday distributed 160 pieces of aprons, at Utako Market, Abuja.

The National Coordinator of the Abuja-based organisation, Mrs Beauty Ikeaka, said that the initiative was meant
to promote a clean trading environment and encourage the market women to sustain their efforts to fend for their families.

“We are just doing this to promote cleanliness in the market.

“What we want is the happiness on the faces of the people. If you are not operating in a clean environment, people would not patronise you.”

She urged the women to participate in the voter registration and obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) in order to vote for candidates of their choice in 2019.

Also speaking, the FCT chapter Chairperson, Mrs Juliet Michael, said that the gesture was intended to give the benefitting traders a decent and befitting look.

“We want the traders to change their old and unappealing appearance and look decent and attractive in the apron.”

The Chairman of Utako Market Task Force, Mr Austine Nnadi, thanked the NGO for the gesture, saying that it would contribute to the cleanliness of the market.

“The apron is an added advantage and it is a nice and encouraging initiative.

“As the management of the market, we encourage and appreciate the organisation for the gesture. (NAN)

Meet the Ivorian Woman Who Makes Art With Her Own Hair


21-year-old Laetitia Ky from the Ivory Coast who began braiding her own hair at the tender age of 5 currently recreates her own hair into art pieces which are very surreal.

In an interview with Vogue, she said “It’s important to express my African heritage through my hairstyles, I use myself as a canvas to symbolize self-assurance and self-love.”

She further explained that she uses her work to express her beliefs.

Here are some of her works



IHVN empowers vulnerable women with funds in Nasarawa


The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has empowered over 100 vulnerable women and caregivers in Nasarawa State with N10,000 each to improve their lives.

Disbursing the funds to the women in Doma on Thursday, Mrs Safiya Sani, the state Programme Officer of the institute, urged the beneficiaries to ensure judicial use of the resources.

Sani said that the body deemed it necessary to come to the aid of the vulnerable women and care givers to give them a sense of belonging.

“The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) deems it necessary to disburse this money to the vulnerable women and caregivers in Doma to improve on their standard of living and that of their family members.

“I urge you to use this fund to take care of your children, their health and other problems to better their health and standard of living,” she said.

Sani called on the vulnerable women and other people to always take adequate care of their health and that of their family members, saying “a healthy nation, is a wealthy nation”.

Besides, she called on parents to give adequate attention to education of their children in the interest of development.

She restated commitment of the organisation to key into good policies and programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of the people.

Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mrs Blessing Okoro and Malama Fatima Abubakar, commended the institute for the gesture and promised to use the money to better their economic status. (NAN)

Women farmers shortchanged in overall agricultural bounty — UWIACI Founder


Mrs Bridget Okonofua, the Founder and President of Unique Women in Agricultural Cluster Initiative (UWIACI), on Wednesday in Lagos said that women farmers were shortchanged in agricultural value chains bounty.

Okonofua, who made the assertion at the inauguration of UWIACI supported by Nestle Nigeria, said that the contributions of women to agricultural development could not be over-emphasised as it went beyond “just putting food on the table’’.

She said: “The heat in the critical room of the house, inadvertently reaches out across the landscape to rural areas where women go to the farmlands toiling with hoes and cutlasses gathering produce.

“In spite of these efforts, women are not sharing in the rich largesse of cultivation, processing, rearing, value addition and others and are most times denied opportunities in farming activities.

“This could be through inability to fund or outright skill gap deficiency which relegated them to the background and this realisation championed this initiative.’’

Okonofua also said that the initiative had in a year, engaged in many other projects like co-funding, co-farming in piggery, water melon, fisheries and snailery among others.

According to her, there has been visits to women farmers engaged in poultry, and has identified with the Ayetodo Poultry Farm in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State.

It has trained members in innovative practices applying Globally Acceptable Principles (GAP) such as hydroponics, mushroom and others.

Okonofua said that the initiative was working with local and international agro-firms to empower women through soliciting for funds, grants and acquisition of farmlands at concessionary terms.

“UWIACI is also championing the cause for mechanisation using tractors and other farming implements and tools which can improve agricultural commercialisation and food sufficiency.

“With all of these we hope that women in Nigeria with the right collaborations are in for a new dawn.

“UWIACI is ready to fill the gap between the demands and requirements of the sector against the backdrop of diversification mantra championed by the present administration.

“UWIACI is the long awaited solution for agricultural development and women empowerment in agribusiness in Nigeria,’’ Okonofua said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Initiative was established in 2017 to influence, inspire, engage and empower women along the entire value chain of the agricultural sector.

It is was envisioned to respond to the leadership, production, capacity development, opportunities and challenges confronting women in the same industry.

The initiative has been able to reach out to significant number of women, boasting of a membership strength of about 200 members.

Some of them are clustering to co-fund and co-own agricultural projects in the areas of Piggery, Fishery, Crop Cultivation and Water Melon and are also planning to add Snail and Cassava Farming to their portfolio of projects.

The identification process include needs assessment and grant solicitation to generate renewable energy and the production of organic fertilizer.

UWAICI is poised to partner with the local government areas (LGAs) and Government Parastatals (MDA’s) toward empowering vulnerable and baseline individuals, especially women to give them opportunities to economically improve on their welfare and livelihood.

Some speakers at the event include Victoria N’dee Uwadoka, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestle Nigeria and Prince Wale Oyekoya, Agriculturist, MD/CEO Bama Farms, past Chairman, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Others are Dr Akinwale Akinleye, Kinseth Consult Ltd., Chioma Tolani Roberts, Founder Mushroom Foundation Nigeria, Oluayegbusi of Upland Mills and Folake Akintimehin, People Operation Manager, Farmcrowdy.

The event was chaired by Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, Commissioner for Agriculture, Lagos State, while the Special Guest of Honour is Princess Sarah Sosan, former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Ms. Cynthia Mosumola Umoru, Technical Adviser to Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture Youth Empowerment. (NAN)

NGO trains 850 youths, women on various skills in Niger


The Millennium Africa Global Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has trained 850 youths and women on various skills in Niger, its Coordinator, Mr Marshal Okoro, said in Minna on Friday.

Okoro, in a speech at the graduation ceremony of the second batch of 500 trainees, said that the first batch of 350 trainees graduated in May 2018.

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“Today, we are graduating the second batch of 500 youths and women who received two months intensive training in various skills and trades,’’ he said.

According to him, the trainees acquired skills in computer repairs and operation, catering, tailoring, shoe and bag making, cosmetology and business management.

He said that the programme was targeting 2,000 youths and women per year, adding that the beneficiaries were being prepared for self-employment that would make them employers of labour.

The coordinator appealed to governments at all levels and corporate bodies to assist the NGO to enable it train more people in Minna, Bida and Suleja.

Earlier, Alhaji Danjuma Sallau, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, had said that government would soon establish skill acquisition centres in Minna, to train youths and women to be self-reliant, instead of searching for white collar jobs.

Sallau lauded the efforts of the group, saying that the gesture would complement government’s efforts toward job creation and checking indolence among youths.

Hajiya Amina Mohammed, a beneficiary, who spoke on behalf of the trainees, promised that the skills would be effectively utilised to improve the lots of their families and the society.

“I thank God that I have developed new ideas to manage my husband’s business and make new cloths for my children,’’ she said. (NAN)

700 women, girls to brainstorm on Nigerian woman’s future in digital age


About 700 women and girls from different fields will converge in Lagos on Aug. 30 to chart a way for the Nigerian woman’s future in the digital age.

The meeting tagged, “Nigeria Women Digital Summit and Awards, was designed to highlight opportunities available to women in the 21st century to accelerate progress.

The Center for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD), organisers of the summit, said in a statement that it would also provide an opportunity to identify Nigerian women who maximised opportunities offered by the digital age to improve their communities.

According to the CECAD Executive Director, Dr Bayero Agabi, the summit would have the theme: “Harnessing Opportunities of the Digital Age”.

Agabi said that the 21st century was witnessing information explosion, where science, technology and innovation would no longer be treated as stand-alone but integral parts of human existence, transforming lives and businesses.

The CECAD executive director said that the summit participants would review current trends in entrepreneurship, healthcare, politics, businesses, agriculture, social and family lives with regards to how well they had fared in the knowledge economy, using technology.

He said that the summit would also provide an opportunity to understand better, the position of women in the economy and society being transformed by digital technologies.

He added that the participants would proffer solutions to some problems limiting women from maximising opportunities in the new age.

Agabi noted that women worldwide faced challenges even in the face of opportunities offered by technology.

He said that issues to be addressed at the summit would include digital gender divide, systematic under-representation in top executive positions, and discrimination in employment, especially in science and technology-related fields.

NAN reports that CECAD is an advocacy, training and public education non-governmental organisation, established in 2015.

It promotes cyber responsibility. (NAN)

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