Online social platform ‘Mentoring Her’ set to empower women across Nigeria
…launches in October 2020
Mentoring Her, an online social platform, is set to launch in Nigeria in October.
Mentoring Her virtually connects female mentors and mentees where they can develop relationships and help each other grow in areas relating to education, career, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.
Speaking during a zoom press conference to announce the launch in Nigeria, Lola Adeyemi, founder, Mentoring Her, explained that the vision of the initiative was to mentor, inspire and guide women to reach their full academic and career potential and live their best lives.
Adeyemi disclosed that she started Mentoring Her because she realised that a lot of women did not have mentors to help inspire and guide them through their career paths, adding that the platform would give them access to mentors that could guide them.
She explained that Mentoring Her had been operating for one year in the United States but decided to launch the platform in Nigeria to impact the lives of Nigerian women.
“This is a virtual platform specifically dedicated to women. It is a one-stop-shop where women meet other women that will impact their lives for the better. Not everyone that applies gets into the platform as we have to conduct background checks on applicants to avoid those who are not genuine,” Adeyemi explained.
She said the platform helped connect likeminded females across different parts of the world; helped them learn career, academic, entrepreneurial and empowerment skills; and enabled them to achieve their full lifetime potential and lead like women.
Adeyemi noted that there was a global limitation of female-to-female mentorship as barely 54 percent of women had access to mentors and mentors who would help them avoid costly mistakes.
She called on organisations to help support the initiative as it was free of charge, adding that it was her own way of giving back to the society.
Also speaking at the Zoom meeting, Seyi Bamidele, country program coordinator, Mentoring Her, explained steps of joining the platform to include creating a mentor/mentee profile, reviewing of profile, approval of application, mentor-mentee matching, performance of quiz and connecting, and developing mentoring relationship.
Bamidele mentioned some features of the platform to include live chat with a mentor, mentee or expert coach, discussion forum to ask burning questions or network with women from different parts of the world; trainings and courses to help them grow; and scheduled video or audio meeting with mentor, mentee or expert coach, amongst others.
She said there were currently almost 400 mentors and mentees on the platform, stressing that more women were still joining.