— EMPOWERS 1000 WOMEN
— AS 3 FIRST LADIES ATTEND
The handmaiden’s women in leadership series 2019 hosted by its founder, Dr Siju Iluyomade themed “Leading women building legacies” held its annual conference on Tuesday, 25th June at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.
The event which was attended by over 3000 women light up the entire space of Eko Hotel, the prestigious venue of the annual gathering. It was an array of many corporate women and female entrepreneurs from all walks of life who came to share experiences, network and lift each other up.
The hashtag of the event which was #builttolast trended on all social platforms because of the massive turn out of women who trooped to the venue of the event. The host of the event is Dr. Siju Iluyomade, a lawyer and co-pastor of Redeemed Christian church of God, City of David Parish. The keynote speaker was Prof. Funmi Olopade, a renowned practicing hematology oncologist and cancer geneticist who has had over 35 years’ experience in the medical field.
She is a professor of medicine and director of the centre for global health at the University of Chicago, Illinous. The panelists were leading women such as Prof Sade Ogunsola, Prof Enase Okonedo, Funke Bucknor Obruthe, Cecilia Akintomide, Kofo Akinkugbe, Dorothy Atake, Achenyo Idachaba-Obaro, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, TY Bello and Bolanle Austen -Peters.Ceo of ACTS foundation, Osayi Alile was the moderator. The event was anchored by a chartered insurance practitioner, Morin Desalu.
The event commenced with a wake-up call message from the host, Pastor Siju Iluyomade where she charged all women to build lasting legacies. The host state is Lagos state, and the first lady of Lagos, H.E Dr Ibijoke Sanwoolu attended the event alongside other state first ladies, first lady of Edo State, H.E Betsy Obaseki and Ogun first lady, H.E, Bamidele Abiodun and the wife of the new House of Rep speaker, Salma Gbajabiamila who in turn gave their speeches.
Amongst other dignitaries who graced the event was the Iyalode of Lagos, Alhaja Bintu Tinubu and many others.
The Handmaidens Women in Leadership Forum which is a platform for bringing all women together irrespective of their Race, Tribe or Religion was initiated to enlighten and empower them sufficiently to enable them to have the desired impact on the society that they are uniquely crafted to have. The objective is to challenge more women to take on positions of responsibility in line with scriptural principles and ensure they impact their homes, businesses and society positively in growing the nation.
The founder, Dr Siju Iluyomade also used this year event to empower 1000 women across the globe through her ARISE Women NGO. She and the keynote speaker along with a panel of leading women in industry, professional practice, business and other diverse fields spent some time sharing their thoughts on important subjects for all women.
TAYO FAJORIN OYEDIJI