WED, OCTOBER 11 2017-theG&BJournal-Covenant Capital, arm of Covenant Christian Centre and the small and medium scale enterprise (SME) advisory firm, is set to host its maiden edition of the Women’s MSME Conference 2017. The conference, according to Covenant Capital, is part of its mandate to reduce poverty in the country through wealth creation and empowerment.
The theme of the maiden conference is “Equipping the Female Entrepreneur with Ideas, Concepts and Insights to Thrive in the Nigerian Economy and Beyond.”
“We are turning our spotlight on the Female Entrepreneur in Nigeria.”
Over 40% of Nigerian women are entrepreneurs – the highest proportion anywhere in the world and studies have shown that both Nigerian men and women have the same potential to run SMEs.
Executives of the firm say they believe every woman deserves a chance to be successful in business. “However, female entrepreneurs still struggle in business (more than their male counterparts) as a result of several gender-specific constraints such as limited access to finance, property ownership requirements, double duties (at home and at work) and cultural bias, among others. Removing these constraints is important but equally important is ensuring that the Nigerian woman is equipped with the right resources to enable her thrive despite the glaring constraints in the market place.”
The event highlights include discussion on inspired ideas and practical guides from experienced businesswomen and seasoned professionals, insights into the early years of business from young, thriving, award-winning businesswomen and the Keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment (Office of the Vice-President).
There will be special panel on how to manage successful businesses in marriage, combining marital duties and so on – from highly successful couples in business, Success stories of Female Entrepreneurs and Effective ways to separate business and personal finances.
Other high profile speakers billed for the event are Adenike Adeyemi – Executive Director for FATE Foundation (FATE); she will be speaking on Opportunities and success stories in female entrepreneurship, Ononuju Irukwu – Managing Director, Chapel Hill Denham Management Limited; she will be speaking on Business or Pleasure: Effective ways to separate personal and business finances, Oluwayimika Angel Adelaja – CEO/Founder of Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services; she will be sharing her story as a Panellist on Young and thriving business success stories as well as Olasubomi Okhueleigbe – Nigeria’s first modern female goldsmith; she will be sharing her story as a Panellist on Young and thriving business success stories and Mezuo & Ndidi Nwuneli – Co-founders of Sahel Capital and AACE Foods; will be sharing their story as Panellists on Managing successful business in marriage (Combining marital duties with owning/managing a business & spousal support in business) while Obinnia and Ifeoma Abajue – Obinnia is the Chief Executive Officer of Hygeia HMO Limited and Ifeoma is a medical doctor with a special interest in aesthetic dermatology; will both be sharing their story as Panellists on Managing successful business in marriage (Combining marital duties with owning/managing a business & spousal support in business).
The event will take place at the Covenant Chapel Lekki (by Oando Mega Filling Station) on Saturday, 14 October 2017 between 11.00am – 2.30pm.