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NASME Women Lagos Chapter Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019

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The Nigeria Association of Small and Medium Enterprises is the apex Business membership organization (BMO) in Nigeria that was established to co-ordinate the promotion of micro, small and medium enterprises.

All around the world, gender equality advocates are spearheading a discussion around this year’s theme, #balanceforbetter, pressing for a more gender-balanced government participation, workplace and economic empowerment. Different organisations, associations and groups create awareness for a world where women will have equal rights with their male counterparts. NASME Women (Lagos Chapter) was not left out in this year’s celebration as they organised a two day event in honor of the women’s day which took place on the 7th and 11th of March, 2019.

To flag off this year’s women’s day, NASME Women (Lagos chapter) in collaboration with the Association of Nigeria Women Business Network (ANWBN) organized a walk which took place on the 7th of March in all 36 states of the federation simultaneously.

The Women Leader, NASME Lagos, Otunba Gbemi Oduntan, in her speech highlighted the different ways women are striving hard to deliver beyond expectations in all that they do and how they are not equivalently recognized yet for their efforts. She pointed out that the Theme for this year IWD; ‘Balance for Better’ is so apt in demanding an equitable recognition in reward, remuneration and acceptance in all that the womenfolk do, starting from inclusion of Women in the NASME National Council and other Local and National official positions of Service and Leadership across the country.

In her International Women’s Day message, Dr Jumoke Kassim, the PRO of NASME Women listed their focus for this year’s celebration.  She pointed out the fact that women have to work extra, balancing the home front with the office work, just for them to be recognised. She also spoke on the seven point’s agenda charter bill as presented by the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network to the government which includes but not limited to:

  • 40% Inclusion of women in government.
  • Resolving issues of multiple taxation.
  • Patronage of made in Nigeria goods.
  • Ease of access to funds for all women.
  • Implementation of government policies for women in government amongst others.

Day two of the event was tagged “Gender Balance Drives a Better World”. The event was graced by lots of important personals from all works of life including government officials. Mrs. Funmilayo Ibrahim, Dir. Of Cooperatives, represented the Commisssioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperative; Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, while Mrs. Funmi Blaize, Dir. Of Admin & Human Resources represented the Commissioner for Women & Poverty Alleviation- Mrs. Lola Akande. Mrs. Seriki Bello , Dir. Of Employment, Min of Wealth Creation represented the Commissioner; Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf.

Mr. Solomon Aderoju, the chairman of NASME (Lagos chapter) during his speech as read by Mrs. Victoria Oluwasanya, the Vice President of NASME Lagos pointed out that there is need for better life for women in the society due to their huge contribution to the development and growth in the society. He also said that every woman needs empowerment, care and respect for a better balanced world.

The National President NASME, Prince Degun Adeagbo, in his speech extols the importance and contribution of women to nation building through governance at the Federal and State level, and the micro and macro-economy of the country, especially through various micro and small businesses & manufacturing by the women Team and of course at the home front.

Mrs. Funmilayo Ibrahim, Dir. Of Cooperatives, represented the Commisssioner for Commerce, Industry & Cooperative.

 

Speaking on the first topic, “Let’s Build a Gender Balanced World”. Guest Speaker, Captain Mrs. Bolaji Agbelusi said that Nigeria is really doing well in gender balancing. According to her, in some developed countries, women are still being discriminated in the workplace. They do not receive the same salary as their male counterparts. She connected it to the Nigeria Aviation Industry where there is equal opportunities and expectations for both gender.  Women are now in management positions and they are really doing well.

To further buttress her points, she listed out why the society needs to make gender parity, a priority. This is because a meaningful inclusion of women in decision making will bring effectiveness and productivity in the society. Also, women are good decision makers and great marketers.

According to a survey carried out on about 4,000 companies, which says that companies with women on their board and strategic positions makes as much as 36.5% more profit than those without women.

She ended by saying that until Nigeria create a gender balanced society, she will not improve because women have natural calling for birthing not only physical lives but lives into whatever they do.

Speaking on the second topic “Gender Balance Drives a Better Working World”. Mrs Funke Egbemode (MD, New Telegraph Newspaper) contradicted the popular opinion that says that women are being discriminated against by men. She said it is nature and the responsibility to keep the world moving that limits women. If they don’t take time off to make babies, the world will come to a halt and they will be failing God.

According to her, why gender balance drives a better working world is because of the strength a woman brings into whatever she does. There are several positive changes that take place when a woman gets into the system. Women are good multi-taskers, in terms of balancing both work and home front. They are good communicators too. When the issue of gender inequality is addressed, we will surely have a better working world.

The third and last Guest Speaker Mrs. Oluwaseun Adesoye (Group Executive, TrustBanc Group) talked on “Positioning Yourself for Balance”. She pointed out that it does not stop at chanting for more gender balanced world; rather the questions should be whether they are ready to pay the price that comes with it.  Have they acquired the right skills that will put them in better positioning that will make them key into the balanced world?  She encouraged them to be consistent in whatever they do and to always know that their first responsibility is to themselves.

It was indeed a rewarding experience for all the women in attendance who have been empowered to keep impacting positively on the society.

 

More images from the event (Cross section of Guests and Speakers)

 

 

 

 

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Novarick Appoints Otonye Lolomari as Non-Executive Director

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L-R: Non-Executive Director, Otonye Lolomari and Chief Executive Officer, Noah Ibrahim, both of Novarick Homes and Properties during the official presentation in Lekki, Lagos.

Novarick Homes and Properties Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Mr. Otonye Tony Lolomari as a Non-Executive Director. This takes effect from 21 of January, as the company is driven to reposition its management and business development for sustainable growth.

Lolomari brings over 24 years of industry experience which includes his position as a director of ICE Commercial Power in 2018, then moved to Chevron, Husky Energy and Schlumberger in Trinidad before joining the Novarick team. He also worked with leading companies and experts in different Continents like Europe, Africa and the USA.

According to Noah Ibrahim, CEO Novarick Homes, the new affiliation will position the company to make better decisions and propel the brand to a greater height. “We intend to continue collaborating with top professional within and outside our industry to achieve a well-rounded organization”, he noted.

Prior to his appointment, Lolomari has contributed and rendered supports in various forms to the goals and objectives of Novarick. The strong passion for inclusion, experimentation and empowerment drives his career towards a distinguished level of proficiency.

Furthermore, Novarick Homes operates other subsidiaries in segments like Property Development, Property Investment, Property Procurement & Advisory, Joint Ventures and Facility Management. The company is also working actively to achieve number 7, 9 and 11 of the 17 World Sustainable Development Goals.

Over the years, the firm has provided green, sustainable and smart real estate solutions using clean and renewable energy. Some major on-going projects include the Ruby Apartments, Nova Gardens and WAZOBIA Courts, all in Lagos State.

Novarick Homes and Properties is a fast-rising real estate development firm which was incorporated in 2018 and based in Lagos. The company is also focused on bridging the housing gap by building affordable and eco-friendly communities in Nigeria.

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Qatar Airways Expands Africa Network with Increase in Flight Frequencies

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Cape Town, Casablanca and Tunis will increase to five weekly flights, while Johannesburg will increase to 18 weekly flights, offering passengers more flexible and reliable travel options

Airline’s young mixed fleet of sustainable aircraft has enabled it to continue flying throughout the pandemic and rebuild its global network to more than 800 weekly flights to over 120 destinations via the Best Airport in the Middle East

Qatar Airways continues to be the leading global carrier connecting Africa, operating one of the largest and most reliable networks in the region. Having become the largest international carrier during the early stages of the pandemic, the airline has applied its unrivalled knowledge of global passenger flows and booking trends to rebuild its Africa network to 23 destinations and more than 100 weekly flights.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are proud to be the leading international carrier connecting Africa with Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., offering more flexible travel options and a global network of flights that passengers, trade and business partners can rely on. Having launched three new destinations in Africa with Abuja, Accra and Luanda joining our network in 2020, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to the region by adding new routes and steadily increasing frequencies across the continent. With the resumption of Alexandria and Cairo, we will operate over 100 weekly flights to and from Africa with connections via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport, to our global network of over 120 destinations. As global travel recovers in 2021, we look forward to further expanding our network and offering more connections to and from Africa.”

In line with the airline’s steady rebuild of its Africa network, Qatar Airways plans to increase frequencies to the following destinations:

  • Alexandria (two weekly flights resumed 25 January)
  • Cairo (up to 16 weekly flights resumed 18 January)
  • Cape Town (increasing to five weekly flights from 1 February)
  • Casablanca (increased to five weekly flights from 21 January)
  • Durban (increasing to three weekly flights from 14 February)
  • Johannesburg (increasing to 18 weekly flights from 26 January)
  • Maputo (increasing to three weekly flights from 14 February)
  • Tunis (increased to five weekly flights from 24 January)

The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to rebuild its network, which currently stands at over 120 destinations with plans to increase to over 130 by the end of March 2021.

Qatar Airways has become the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. This follows HIA’s recent success as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airport Safety Rating. These recognitions provides assurance to passengers across the world that airline health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional, independent scrutiny and assessment. For full details of all the measures that have been implemented onboard and in HIA, please visit qatarairways.com/safety.

Passengers can book flights with peace of mind, knowing that Qatar Airways offers unlimited date changes and fee-free refunds for all tickets issued before 30 April 2021, for travel completed by 31 December 2021. The carrier’s industry-leading flexible booking policy also provides the permanent feature of exchanging tickets for a travel voucher with 10% additional value for all customers booking travel via qatarairways.com. For full terms and conditions visit qatarairways.com/Flexibility.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. The Qsuite seat layout is a 1-2-1 configuration, providing passengers with the most spacious, fully private, comfortable and social distanced Business Class product in the sky. Qsuite is available on flights to more than 45 destinations including Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne and New York. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted ‘Skytrax Airline of the Year’ title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

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Business Africa Online Announces Its Strategic Advisory Board

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Business Africa Online (BAO) Board Members – Joy Harrison-Abiola, Amb. Olivier Arrindell and Prof. Remi Duyile

Business Africa Online very pleased to announce that Joy Harrison-Abiola, Amb. Olivier Arrindell and Prof. Remi Duyile recently joined its Strategic Advisory Board on the 15th of January 2021. Mrs. Joy Harrison-Abiola is a legal management professional with about 23 years’ experience in the legal industry. Currently, she is the Practice Administrator of a leading law firm in Nigeria, Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (“ACAS-Law”). Amb. Olivier Arrindell was the Managing Director of Financial Planning, Investor Relations, & Corporate Planning for Grace Aviation Holdings, LLC, and in December of 2019 was appointed as the CEO of Ava Airways by its Board of Directors. While Amb. Remi Duyile who was recently appointed into the Forbes Coaching Council is a seasoned Mentor, business owner and an influence strategist who is passionate about helping people maximize their potentials.

They join Business Africa Online in an exciting and challenging times as we continue to drive our omni-channel forward and build deeper relationships with our critical stakeholders to fulfill our vision of enabling emerging leaders and businesses especially in Africa.

“We are confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy, build an agile brand and make greater impact.  We look forward to their contributions and are excited they chose BAO” said Alaba Ayinuola, Business Africa Online Founder and CEO.

Get to know them better in this recent interview.

Mrs. Joy Harrison-Abiola

Could you briefly tell us about yourself and current engagements?

My name is Joy Harrison-Abiola. I am a legal management professional with about 23 years’ experience in the legal industry.  Currently, I am the Practice Administrator of a leading law firm in Nigeria, Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (“ACAS-Law”). I am very passionate about leadership and business best practices. In 2008, I was instrumental in putting together the first law firm management development program (MDP) at the Lagos Business School (LBS) Pan-African University in collaboration with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Lincolnshire Illinois USA. I serve in the leadership of the International Relations Committee of ALA.

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN). I am serving a two-year term as the President of the Association of Law Firm Administrators, Nigeria (“ALAN”). I started off my career about 25 years ago writing copy for an advertising company. Today, I still enjoy writing a great deal. It is therapy for me – Presently, I am a columnist with Thisday Newspaper. I am married with two sets of twins.

What excites you about our organization and attracted you to join our Board?

The entrepreneurial spirit BAO exudes, embodied in its founder is attractive. BAO is very future focused. That is also attractive. What is also attractive is its social impact agenda, its concerted efforts at collaboration and bringing together different segments of the society. Last but not least, its Pan-African focus – I am a strong advocate of preserving what is beautiful in our heritage even as we embrace globalization.

You are joining at a particularly challenging times (global pandemic) What are your expectations in terms of growth?

Crisis provides a good backdrop to excel. It puts values and vision to the test yes but its also a good time to thrive. I am optimistic.

What is your view on entrepreneurship as a catalyst for Africa’s development?

Entrepreneurs think differently. They have a mentality that can turn trash to treasures. Entrepreneurship, innovation, are therefore critical to any country’s economic development; and certainly Africa’s. Africa is the last frontier for global growth. Entrepreneurship will prise open sectors such as agriculture, mining, trade, tourism, financial sector etc. Entrepreneurs are playing an important role in creating wealth and reducing the unemployment rate in Africa. Entrepreneurship will enhance the standard of living of our people   Botswana and China are good examples to reference – It is a viable developmental agenda for Africa to pursue.

How do you relax outside work and what books do you read?

I love listening to Jazz music – John Coltrane, Louise Amstrong, Nat King Cole, Asa, Sade Adu, Bez, Michel Buble, etc. Leadership books – Robin Sharma, John Maxwell, Dale Carnegie, Steve Murrell, etc. and of course my Bible.

Amb. Olivier Arrindell

Could you briefly tell us about yourself and current engagements?

Olivier Arrindell was the Managing Director of Financial Planning, Investor Relations, & Corporate Planning for Grace Aviation Holdings, LLC, and in December of 2019 was appointed as the CEO of Ava Airways by its Board of Directors. In this role, he is responsible and accountable to the Board of Directors for carrying out his duties and possesses a demonstrated track record in interacting with a policy board. Mr. Arrimdell plans, coordinates, directs, and is responsible for all activities associated with the operation of Ava Airways and its related economic development activities.

During his career, Mr. Arrindell has been instrumental in several initiatives including the development of Antigua & Barbuda’s new International Airport and many others, in addition, he has led the communications efforts around Grace Aviation’s company’s investment negotiation with investment partners and debt offerings. Most recently, he played a key role in the development and communication of Ava Airways balanced capital deployment strategy plan for its commercial airline plans which have resulted in favorable terms and conditions through a dividend principle policy.

What excites you about our organization and attracted you to join our Board?

What attracted me to your organisation is the fact that it is under the management and lead by young bright Africans. One of my goals is to give guidance and support Africans, Diaspora, Investment and community.

You are joining at a particularly challenging times (global pandemic) What are your expectations in terms of growth?

The current global pandemic is relevant to the growth and situation. I believe the expectation should organic. That’s growing organically regardless the pandemic. There are opportunities in challenging times.

What is your view on entrepreneurship as a catalyst for Africa’s development?

I believe that entrepreneurship is the machine that will move Africa forward. Government and African leaders should support the development of these entrepreneurs with policies that support the ecosystems.

Prof. Remi Duyile

Amb. Remi Duyile is a seasoned Mentor, business owner and an influence strategist who is passionate about helping people maximize their potentials. Remi’s unique value proposition is her ability to excel in Corporate America to the pinnacle of her career and transition to a successful serial entrepreneur with intentional impact. She enjoys the support of her loving husband and friend of 28 years plus and their adorable grown children of repute.

Remi is a certified trainer, Les Brown Platinum Speaker, and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. She is also an author of the book titled “Perseverance the winning key to your destiny”

She has invested in herself in the area of human capital and personal development from a successful corporate executive who was the cynosure of eyes due to her commitment to mentorship and career growth of others to better serve the needs of individuals and business leaders in quest of growth and sustainability in their life journey. 

Remi is a certified human behaviour consultant with specialization in the DISC personality profile assessments for individuals, professionals, businesses and religious organizations.

She currently serves as a commissioner in the great state of Maryland USA, sits on several local and international boards in influential capacities for impact.  Member of the National Coalition of 100 Black women and other Notable associations. As a serial entrepreneur with social impact, she doubles up as President and CEO of Image Consulting Group and Founder of Legacy Premier Foundation in the USA.

Remi’s passion, dynamism, energy and the power in her story is evident in all her engagements with her clients. She is so fired up to helping develop leaders with succession and transformational leadership mindset so they can fulfil purpose, pay it forward and leave a legacy.

She is an example of faith, hard work, perseverance leading to countless blessings. Remi enjoys the support of her loving and supportive husband with her amazing adult children.

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