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IWD: Diamond Bank, EDC partner to promote women empowerment

Diamond Bank Plc has announced its partnership with the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) of the Pan African University, in celebration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2018 while lending its voice to the call for more women in the society to continually press for progress, continue in their identified purpose and ultimately to pursue their passions.

The event, which was a gathering of influential female thought leaders, was held at the Enterprise Development Center of the Pan African University, Lagos.

Ronke Onadeko, Principal Consultant, DRNL Consult Limited, stated that women are wired in their DNA to find answers to even the most problematic scenarios.

The Keynote Speaker pointed out that women should continually look deeper to find solutions to the way they are perceived in the society.

She encouraged women to continually support one another, while looking to inspire those coming through, to acquire skills and pass those skills unto others, to join women networks in order to cultivate relevant relationships and to ensure they join conversations progressively driving women empowerment.

Mo Abudu, the Chief Executive Officer, Ebony Life TV, also charged women to continuously challenge themselves in order to reach new heights. “You have to go out of your comfort zone and continuously challenge yourself. Also know that, no matter the challenges that exist, they are there for you to overcome them”.

Mary Akpobome, Co –Founder, Purple Foundation for The Girl Child, who was one of the panelists on the day, stated that the society is filled with young men who want to achieve success real quick, without hard work and young women whose primary goal is to slay.

She communicated to those present at the event that one of the highest powers women have is the power of influence and it was high time more women started exercising their ability to influence situations to achieve positive outcomes.

The event which witnessed an appreciable turn out also had two panel sessions where the panelists discussed on topics ranging from how women could achieve their dream by going after their passions, through to problems associated with women in the society and how they could be addressed. Diamond Bank’s partnership with the Enterprise Development Centre in driving women empowerment is in line with its commitment to go beyond banking to positively affect lives of its customers and the general public.

It will be recalled that Diamond Bank was recently commended by the Women’s World Banking community in recognition of its efforts in deepening financial inclusion amongst women in Nigeria.


About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.