The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman, Access Bank PLC, Ajoritsedere Awosika; CEO, RadioNow, Kadaria Ahmed; Group Executive Director, Rainoil Limited, Godrey Ogbechie; were amongst a host of dignitaries who graced the official launch of Adebola Williams’ book – African Power Girls.
Written for kids, especially young girls seeking encouragement to follow their purpose, thrive in their chosen careers, and fulfil their mission, the African Power Girls book summarises stories dating back to the 1900s.
The amazing stories captured by the author showcase the strength, freedom, challenges, and victory of spotlighted female legends.
Adebola Williams, while speaking on the purpose of the book said “Narratives deeply entrenched in misogyny and chauvinism, strategically targeted at disempowering and relegating women have long been promoted in many societies in Africa,.”
“The continent needs to remember and be inspired by the stories of trailblazers. We must impress it upon the girl child that being female is not a disability; neither is it a disadvantage. Being a woman is a strength, a badge of honour to be worn with pride,” he added.
Held at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, the event saw over 120 secondary school students engage with some of the leading personalities present and also included several interesting book reading sessions.
Sanwo-Olu, represented by the Commissioner for Education, Folasade Adefisayo, charged attendees to remember that they are special, emulate the spotlighted ‘African Power Girls’ and strive to make a difference in whatever fields they choose. Laycon, Deola Sagoe, TY Bello, Adebola Williams, Kehinde Williams, Chioma Akpotha, Danladi Verheijen, Chude Jideonwo.
In her keynote address, the Executive Chairman, Access Bank PLC, Ajoritsedere Awosika, urged the students to treat mistakes as stepping stones to success. She further drove home the importance of commitment and hard work, citing them as key components to living impactful lives that posterity will remember.
African Power Girls features international icons like Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), Efua Theodora Sutherland (Ghana), Wangari Mathai (Kenya), Miriam Makeba (South Africa), Huda Sha’arawi (Egypt), Nike Davies, Grace Alile Williams (Nigeria), and many more inspirational figures.
More guests who graced the launch event include Kola Adesina, Group Managing Director Sahara Power Group; Danladi Verheijen, Managing Partner, Verod Capital Management; Osayi Alile, CEO, ACT Foundation; Gbolahan Shaba, Managing Director, LATC Marine; seasoned journalist and producer, Adesuwa Onyenokwe; Lawrence Amadi, Partner KPMG; actors, Chioma Akpotha, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Eku Edewor; comedienne, Taaooma; BBNaija and Rubbin’ Minds host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu; singer and song-writer, Timi Dakolo; BBNaija winner, Laycon, renowned singer and photographer, TY Bello; on-air personality, Agatha Amata, amongst others.