We are honoured to be sponsoring the Women 4 Africa Awards this year. GoWoman will be there as a media partner, covering the event. Seated guests will be able to flick through the current issue of GoWoman while VIP guests will get to take a copy home in their goody bags. I will be there on the night too with my dictaphone, hoping to get some soundbites while a photographer will have the task of capturing candid moments.
Women 4 Africa was originally launched in 2011 by husband and wife duo, Sam and Tola Onigbanjo. For 20 years they both shared the desire and passion to see African women win. We have often been portrayed by the western media as victims of poverty, violence, and conflict. Aside from advocating and engaging them to fight against these negativities, they believe that it is equally important to highlight that African women are also ‘agents of positive change’ in their communities.
There are many African women who work tirelessly to bring positive change to their local communities. Ordinary women doing extraordinary things and yet they remain unknown. The Women 4 Africa Awards was launched that same year in order to present a platform where such women can take centre stage with the spotlight shining brightly on them. Working with this organization is a call to duty for us because what they do is at the heart of what GoWoman stands for.
On Saturday the 10th of May 2014, the 3rd Annual Awards night will be held in Kensington London. at 6pm. The event will include red carpet, media interviews and drinks reception, refreshments, a raffle draw and fashion show by ‘Eyato’.
The event will be hosted by Lolo1, comedian and on air personality for Wazobia FM Radio and Toya Washington, TV presenter at BEN TV. Speakers confirmed at the event include Honorable Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the House of Representatives Diaspora Committee who will be delivering the key-note speech, Betty Makoni, founder and CEO of Girl Child Network World Wide and Adebisi Osundeko, founder and director of Joy and Joe Limited and Dr Clare Eluka founder Premae Skincare.
Also confirmed to attend this year’s awards ceremony are the first woman to become a banker in Kenya Dr Mary Okello, the Head of the Anti-Human Trafficking Section in Ghana, Superintendent Patience Naa Ashorkor Quaye, Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo of Nigeria, CEO, Standard Bank Jenny Knott and more.
Sam Onigbanjo, Women 4Africa Founder, said that valuing our people and giving them deserved recognition are crucial steps in development. He believes that it is a key function of any visionary leader to celebrate merit, and in this case, to celebrate the phenomenal achievement of African Women which will go a long way in making Africa the “Garden of Eden for the next global generation”
VIP tickets have now completely been sold out! However, limited standard tickets are still available to be purchased at www.women4africa.com
We are now delighted to share with you profiles of all the nominees. I have personally edited these profiles to highlight the best part of these women’s stories and why they made the list. I took great pleasure in reading about all of them. If you have ever wondered who the backbone of our communities are, look no further for some phenomenal African women. Long live our sheroes. May the best GoWomen win.
Click on the award category to find out more about the finalists:
Career Woman Of The Year
Events Organiser of The Year
Fashion Designer of the Year
Media Woman of The Year
Business Woman of the Year
Young Achiever of the Year
Inspirational Woman of the Year
Humanitarian of the Year
Mother of The Year
International Business Woman
International Media Woman
International African Woman