Female entrepreneurs have been enjoined to take their place as the key to Nigeria’s prosperity and vital factor to the country’s economic turn around.
Dr Akintoye Akindele, Executive Chairman, Unicorn Group and Platform Capital Investment Partner gave this charge yesterday at the Future Females Invest Iconic Women launch which held at the Capital Club, Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to Akindele, female entrepreneurs are taking control of over 20 percent of businesses in Nigeria, with the number on a steady ascent.
“Post COVID-19 provides the perfect opportunity for women entrepreneurs to thrive, with many venture capitalists ready to partner with female businesses,” Akindele said.
Executive Marketing Head of corporate sponsor of the event, Old Mutual Insurance Co. Ltd., Alero Ladipo, in her contribution disclosed that, “Old Mutual and FFI Iconic Women Network is for women entrepreneurs to be economically empowered. The partnership and networking will enable female entrepreneurs to grow their wealth and create their own legacies.”
“I posit that no financial plan better empowers than an insurance cover. All genders are equally insured with the same expectations in terms of compensation, which allows for a balanced society and further propels women to achieve grater goals,” she remarked.
Meanwhile, Torera Abiola, Co-Founder, Future Females Invest (FFI) enjoined the Bank of Industry (BOI), SMEDAN and RMRDC to partner with FFI to revamp the nation’s economy.
“Iconic Women Network which consists of female entrepreneurs across Africa who have broken barriers and are leaders in industries, need to be encouraged to provide more employment to teeming youths and help the dwindling economy,” she noted.
According to Abiola, “the FFI Iconic Women network provides a safe haven for women leaders from a wide range of sectors and professions to meet, network and partner on investment.”
She further explained that, “women role models share their success stories to motivate, create, change and open doors for mentees.”
“The time is now to move beyond music and scrolling social media, and to connect, obtain inspiring and useful business information that is necessary for female careers, business, personal and financial life,” Abiola added.
Over 50 iconic women entrepreneurs were in attendance at the event, including: Dr Wura Abiola, MD Management Transformation Ltd; Toyin Sanni, CEO Emerging Africa Capital Group; Oluwatobi Adeleye, Team Lead, Old Mutual Assurance Co Ltd; Remi Amoo, DMD Funtay Group; Caroline Tenzer, Managing Partner, SDM Communication Ltd., among others.