Female employees of leading telecommunication services provider, Airtel Nigeria,have been commended for their boldness, courage and for leading innovation in the telecoms industry.
A high profile panel comprising exceptional Nigerian women, who are leaders and pioneers in their various fields of specialization, gave this commendation at a colourful event organised by Airtel Nigeria to mark the International Women’s Day, yesterday in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Specifically, Airtel Nigeria was commended for maintaining a firm stance as an equal opportunity employer, offering an abundance of opportunities for exceptional Nigerian women to lead key functions such as customer service, finance, mobile money, enterprise division and other operations within the telco.
Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, chairman of First Bank Nigeria Plc, while commending women in Airtel Nigeria also used the platform to encourage them to continue learning and to invest in themselves; break away from the normal and be bold for change.
“There is too much pampering and lying to the womenfolk and this is bad because it never helps. As a woman, you must build yourself and cultivate a culture of continuous knowledge acquisition. This will help you have the boldness to be the best of you,” Awosika said.
Speaking earlier at the event, Segun Ogunsanya, managing director and chief executive officer, Airtel Nigeria, noted that women are very influential in the home, the workplace and all aspects of life. He urged women to strive for excellence in all their endeavours.
“Every woman has a rod in her hand. This rod could be a pen, qualification, network, disposition; whatever it is, women should use the rod in their hands to create value for others”.
At the Airtel International Women’s Day event, CEO, Fine & Country, Udo Okonjo, spoke to the theme of the year, ‘Be Bold for Change’.
She urged women to strive for financial education and empowerment in other to be contributory members of the society.
Renowned marriage and relationship expert, Funke Felix Adejumo, highlighted on the need for women to have good understanding and a beautiful countenance.
“Women need to understand themselves, believe in themselves and strive to be happy irrespective of the difficulties they go through. They must also learn to be financially independent, make an impact on our world and ensure they leave a legacy for their children”.
Other distinguished speakers at the Airtel International Women’s Day event included Professor of Gynaecology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Abosede Afolabi who spoke on women and their body; Fashion and style expert, Veronica Odeka and award winning make-up artist, Joyce Jacob.
The Airtel International Women’s Day celebration, which held on March 8, 2017 at the Airtel headquarters, is part of the telco’s commitment to supporting and celebrating women who play a very important role in the society.
The celebration provided an avenue for Airtel female employees to come together and discuss various topics that relate to them in their personal as well as professional lives. The celebration, which also served as an avenue for mentorship gave employees the opportunity to relate with veterans in various fields.
The International Women’s Day, which is marked annually on 8th of March, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
(L-r) Adaeze Obinna, officer, Customer Experience Resolution, Airtel Nigeria; Adenike Ayeye, commercial controller, Airtel Nigeria; Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, chairman, First Bank Nigeria Plc; Tolulope Tope-Awofeko, general manager, Customer Experience, Airtel Nigeria, and Toyin Aralepo, financial controller, Airtel Nigeria, during the celebration of the 2017 International Women’s Day at the Airtel Nigeria Headquarters in Banana Island, Lagos