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NECA Network of Entrepreneurial Women to lift members with excellent business skills

…Celebrates 15 years of support women in business

The NECA Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) has perfected arrangement to hold the seventh edition of its annual summit and conference, themed ‘Moving to Mastery,’ scheduled for Thursday, October 22 and Friday 23rd, 2020.

NNEW, which is also celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Business Membership Organisation (BMO), said the summit is geared towards preparing women to master their businesses. Speaking during a media conference held in Lagos at the weekend, Funmilayo Arowoogun, president of NNEW, who noted that women have done well for themselves in their respective businesses, said there was need for them to do more in order to master their businesses and be on top of their games.

“Women have continued to hold their space in the world of business. NNEW’S vision of being the preferred network for building generations of successful women entrepreneurs has continued to drive members and leadership of the network to achieve more by not just doing business, but to be the master of their businesses with excellence in focus,” she said.

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According to her, the last 15 years of the Network has witnessed major transformation beginning from the pioneer members, who have grown their businesses to an enviable height within the business community.

She pointed out the major achievement of NNEW to include building a network of women who are doing well and making impact in their entrepreneurial journey. She however noted that NNEW has five chapters in four geographical zones and they include Lagos, FCT, Rivers, Ogun, and Kwara state.

“Some of the achievements of the Network include setting up of NNEW

Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited; NNEW Women Microfinance Bank; partnership with the credible organisations to commemorate the annual International Women’s Day; partnership with Lagos State Employment Trust Fund; and the recently launched Alive & Thrive Lactation Centre in LASUTH. Other programmes of the Network include business advisory services, capacity building programmes, network meetings, advocacy and policy engagements, mentoring, exhibitions/trade missions, and teenpreneurship,” she listed.

The President however acknowledged the efforts and commitment of past leaders who are still very supportive and dedicated to the vision of NNEW. On the summit, Bolanle Edwards, chairperson of the Planning Committee, said the annual event, which is targeted at the members of the Network as well as the larger community of women entrepreneurs, will hold realtime and virtually, which is first of its kind.

According to her, every succeeding summit is always an improved version of the previous and this year edition will not be an exception despite the challenges of Covid- 19. She however charged participants to prepare themselves to maximise the opportunity, the learning, and the exposure ‘Moving to Mastery,’ offers.

Edwards said speakers and panelists at the two-day events include Hadiza Bala Usman, managing director, Nigeria Port Authority (NPA); Idoroyen Enang, corporate Shepherd; Mary Laniyan, Ovilan Consulting UK; Kofoworola Olaosebikan, Kofsol Group; Lere Baale, chief executive, Business School Netherlands; Funke Nnenna Micheals from Kenya; Sinmi Sowemimo, Ope Farms; and Magarita Lalayan, International Labour Organisation trainer, Turin.

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