On Thursday 26th October, the Organising Committee for WEF West Africa 2023 announced to news agency and journalists at the joint Global Press Conference of the 107th Edition of the Women Economic Forum (WEF) which will be happening in Lagos 13-15 December 2023 at the Grand Ballroom of Lagos Oriental Hotel, preceded by the G100 West Africa Meetings (December 11-12) at the Consulate General India House in Lagos.
Listen to a brief snippet of Dr. Alex Okoroji's Speech at the Press Briefing
The upcoming WEF West Africa is supported by the G100 and WICCI Nigeria-India Business Council with the theme "Amplifying Women's Influence, Impact and Income for Ecomomic Growth..."
From L-R: Shweta Srivastava, Dr. Alex Okoroji, Dr. Carolyna Hutchings, Noela Ugwu
The press briefing which took place in Lagos had in attendance journalists from TV & Radio broadcast stations, news blogs and National newspapers like The Guardian, The Sun, Vanguard, The Nation Newspaper, News Agency of Nigeria and more.
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The conversations at the press briefing set the stage for what would be an unforgettable 5 days of conversation, connection and celebration of women's contributions to driving society forward and was attended virtually by G100 leaders from other countries.
L-R: Ike Nnaebue (G100 Nigeria Denim Partner for Media Arts & Communication) and Swheta Srivastava, (Secretary, WICCI Nigeria-India Business Council)
Earlier, Shweta Srivastava, Secretary, WICCI Nigeria-India Business Council, said,
“I am glad to be part of this. It is time to explore the power of global networking to strengthen our businesses and learn from one another. I encourage everyone to be there.”
Furthermore, Nigerian Filmmaker & HeforShe Advocate, Ike Nnaebue who is also the G100 Nigeria Denim Partner for Media Arts & Communication added in his speech,
"We are at a crossroads where we are questioning a lot of things, like our systems and our ways of doing things. We are at a point now where we know that it is very important to usher in a different way of doing things and that new way of doing things would have to do a lot with sharing and understanding the power of The Collective and its amazing that women are the ones who are actually in the forefront of this, pulling everybody together and trying to bring us round to an understanding of the importance of working together. I strongly believe that the New World will be about collaborations, it will be about men and women working together. I'm totally excited to be a part of this"
G100 & WICCI Leaders from the region joining the press briefing online via Zoom
Noela Ugwu, G100 Nigeria Country Chair for Intercultural Dialogue, noted that the forum was of great importance in view of the fact that a lot of women had been noticed to be marginalised in trying to contribute to societal growth.
She said it was time to harness the endowments of women to bring about further growth in the society.
Dr. Carolyna Hutchings speaking at the WEF West Africa Press Conference
Dr Carolyna Hutchings, Vice President, WICCI Nigeria-India Business Council and Global Advisory Council Member for G100 Media Arts & Communication, said she believes that WEF is not a platform for women to come together to plot how to kick men off, but a platform for women and men to work together to achieve common goals.
“We are here to collaborate not to compete,” she said.
Dr. Alex Okoroji, President -WEF West Africa interviewed by a News Reporter
The upcoming conference will feature 18 VIP Plenary Sessions across 3 days, a G100 Meet & Greet Cocktail Reception on December 12 and two VIP Galas - including the WICCI Entrepreneurs Gala where 100 Entrepreneurs will be honored on December 13 and WEF Award Gala on December 15 where 107 leaders (women, men and organisations) will be awarded for their impact.
Abosede Odusanya (Member, WICCI Nigeria-India Business Council)
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