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Legendary Musician, Onyeka Onwenu Lauds Governor AbdulRazaq’s Ingenuity on Nigeria Women

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•Gov pledges NGF continued support

International music icon, Onyeka Onwenu has commended the Governor of Kwara State, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on his ingenious ways of making women force to reckon with in not only Kwara but Nigerian politics.

Speaking at the fourth annual conference of Nigeria Governors’ Spouses’ Forum, Onyeka Onwenu specifically thanked the Governor for his efforts on gender equality.

The award-winning female star, however, advised Nigerian men to tow the path of the Governor as he has mainstreamed gender inclusion in political leadership.

It would be recalled that in October this year, at the 7th Voice of Women (VOW) Conference and Awards in Abuja, the governor won a Lifetime Achievement Award for his transformational gender inclusion policy in the state.

Governor AbdulRazaq received a plaque specifically honouring his historic inclusion of an unprecedentedly high number of women in key leadership positions, including having the highest number of women in cabinet in the history of Nigeria.

Maureen Hinda-Mbuende, Namibian Deputy Finance Minister, said at the event that she is humbled by how much “the Governor of Kwara State has deployed the goodwill of his office to support women empowerment”.

In his remarks at the conference, Governor AbdulRazaq acknowledged the commitments of the NGSF to vigorously tackle gender-based violence and other unhealthy practices.

“The Forum has over the years played key roles in helping to drive a new national narrative around the issues of gender-based violence, gender parity, and women and girl-child empowerment.

“The successes of the previous conferences are glaring enough in the strength of their excellencies’ advocacies and the impressive outcomes so far. Notwithstanding the achievements of the past years, we are excited by the theme of this year’s conference — Youth Allies: Bridging Generations to End Violence. The theme officially brings into this discussion the most important and outspoken cohort that holds the key to many breakthroughs in our efforts to build a sustainable and safe society.

“The interesting thing is that this important demography is entirely a digital community. Variously called digital natives or virtual natives, depending on the years of their births, these cohorts have their peculiar cultures and preferences, including their preferred medium of learning and socialisation.

“I pledged our continued support at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) for the important task of not just ending all gender-based violence but also ensuring a society that is fair and just. Together, we must work for an equitable society.

“On behalf of my brothers and colleagues at the NGF, I congratulate their excellencies on the fourth annual conference,” the Governor said.

In 2019, the Governor appointed a cabinet that had 56.25% female, apart from keeping some 50% slots for women permanent secretaries. He currently has a 50% female cabinet, including young commissioners.

He has also introduced legislation that mandates Kwara to have at least 35% gender parity in appointive political offices, including in the state bureaucracy.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Nigeria’s north-central Kwara State has gone down in history as the first African leader with the highest number of female cabinet members and political appointees.

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A Perfect Symphony of Flavors: Glenfiddich’s Unforgettable Sensory Journey at RSVP Lagos

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In the era of fine dining, the renowned Single-Malt Whisky brand takes guests on a gastronomic voyage where flavor meets finesse. The premium Single-Malt Whisky brand elevated the Grand Yozakura experience for guests by combining Japanese-inspired food with specially created cocktails in partnership with Chef Alex Stumpf and Professional Mixologist Robin Abrahamsson at RSVP in Lagos, Nigeria. The evening unfolded into a rich tapestry of multi-sensory delights, echoing with laughter, animated conversations, and the delightful clinking of whisky glasses. Enyinna Nwigwe, Glenfiddich Nigeria’s Brand Ambassador, guided the tasting session with whisky aficionados, discerning clientele, and friends of the brand.With a velvety texture that dances on the palate, the whisky reveals an array of flavors—subtle ripe fruits, delicate florals, spices, and oak, all expertly captured in signature drinks like Champagne Cascade, Whiskey Wonderland, and Sweet Symphony. Complementing these libations were a delectable array of dishes, from tantalizing starters to decadent desserts. The culinary artistry showcased by the esteemed Chef and Mixologist seamlessly blended classic Japanese nuances with modern twists, captivating palates with an array of mouthwatering creations.“This experience was born from our desire to celebrate Glenfiddich’s remarkable Scottish whisky legacy, spanning 137 years. The Grand Yozakura whisky embodies the craftsmanship and dedication that have defined Glenfiddich as one of the world’s premier distilleries. Every sip unveils unique flavors and tasting notes, designed to enthrall your senses,” shared Enyinna Nwigwe, Glenfiddich Nigeria’s Brand Ambassador.Since its introduction, the Single-Malt whisky brand has become more than just a premium whisky; it is a symbol of mastery, collaboration, and the pursuit of excellence. The brand inspires whisky connoisseurs and enthusiasts to go out on a voyage of taste and exploration with every sip, where each experience is memorable, and every moment is cherished.Raising their glasses to this occasion, guests showed their profound appreciation for the art of whisky making and tasting, as well as the brand’s commitment to excellence!For more information about the brand, visit:www.glenfiddich.com

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Eid-el-Fitri: Make Clean Environment a Habit

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– LAWMA boss appeals to Lagos residents

The Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, has urged Lagos residents to make clean environment a permanent habit that goes beyond occasions and festivities.

He said this in a release by the agency where he congratulated the Muslim faithful on successfully completing the Ramadan fast, leading to the celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri.

Gbadegesin noted that personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness formed integral teachings of Islam, that should become permanent features of our daily living beyond the Ramadan period.

He said, “Islam teaches cleanliness at the personal level, at home and the environment. Islam abhors filth and dirtiness anywhere around us. I appeal that we make this great teaching a permanent feature of our daily lives and living. Whatever we put into the environment is what it will give back. Therefore, let us maintain good hygiene at the domestic front as well as the larger environment, all for our own good”.

While wishing them happy celebrations, he urged them to shun reckless waste disposal at street corners, road medians, side walks, black spots and other unauthorised locations, warning that LAWMA enforcement personnel had been mobilised, to apprehend defaulters for immediate prosecution.

The LAWMA boss assured that PSP operators would continue to work optimally, while the agency would provide backup services in areas that require such, urging motorists to drive with caution, to ensure safety of sanitation workers on major roads during the festivities. 

He further appealed to residents to contact LAWMA customer care, to report service gaps for quick intervention.

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ALX Empowers Female Entrepreneurs for International Women’s Day

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Lagos, March 4th, 2024 – As the world prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day, ALX Nigeria, a leading tech career accelerator, hosted a special engagement to honour and celebrate its female learners and entrepreneurs. The event served as a platform for female entrepreneurs to showcase their business ideas and vie for the chance to win a business grant provided by telecoms giant, 9mobile. Additionally, ALX announced the relaunch of its Tech Startup academy, ALX Ventures which includes a Founder’s Academy, an accelerator, and a fund. The celebration, which was held on March 2nd at the ALX Costain hub, Lagos, brought together a diverse group of aspiring female entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and supporters of women in tech. Attendees were treated to a series of inspiring pitches from female entrepreneurs, each highlighting their innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.

DSC_0467: (Seated) L-R: Country Marketing Manager, ALX Nigeria, Seun Babajide-Duroshola; Hub Operations Manager, ALX Nigeria, Helen Eboagwu; Country General Manager, ALX Nigeria, Ruby Igwe and ALX Gold Fellow, Divine Ukonu, with the participants of the International Women’s Day edition of the ALX & 9mobile Pitch Your Business Competition held in Lagos recently.

One of the highlights of the event was the announcement of the business grant winners. Chisom Ukachukwu, ALX Salesforce Learner and winner of the ALX & 9mobile Pitch Your Business competition took home the grand prize of five hundred thousand Naira, Adediran Irebamiji, from ALX Founders Academy won three hundred thousand naira as the 1st runner up, while Winifred Nnamdi, ALX Data Science Learner, won a hundred thousand naira, as 2nd runner-up. Thanks to the collaboration between ALX and 9mobile, several other deserving female entrepreneurs received funding to further develop and scale their ventures, empowering them to make a lasting impact in their communities and beyond. In addition to recognising the achievements of female entrepreneurs, the event also marked the relaunch of ALX Ventures, the tech startup academy arm of ALX. This initiative aims to provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the necessary skills, resources, and support to turn their tech-based ideas into successful businesses. Speaking about the event, Ruby Igwe, Country General Manager of ALX, emphasized the importance of supporting women in tech and fostering a culture of collaboration and empowerment. “At ALX, we believe in the power of female entrepreneurship to drive innovation and change. Events like these not only celebrate the successes of women in tech but also serve as a reminder of the importance of supporting one another on our journey toward success. We are thrilled to see the incredible talent and potential showcased today and look forward to continuing to empower and uplift women in the tech industry,” Igwe emphasized. As the world commemorates International Women’s Day, ALX remains committed to championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech ecosystem, paving the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future for all. To be a part of the inspiring ALX community, visit alxafrica.ng.

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