The Managing Director of the Chair Center Group, Dr. Ibukun Awosika, urged women to champion their development path to enable the full realization of their talent and potential.
According to the seasoned businesswoman, championing personal development is the surest way to unearth the innate talents, skills and strength needed to achieve your dreams.
“Women need to be more strategic by focusing their energies on building confidence, skills, strengths and being clear about the value they can bring to the table. You must also have a circle of believers around you. The ones that will inspire you to achieve your dreams,” Awosika added.
She made the remarks in her address to the second edition of the Access Bank and Scaleup Africa Pan African Women’s Conference as a keynote speaker.
The second edition of the Pan-African Women’s Conference of Access Bank and Scaleup Africa celebrated seven years of Access Bank’s “W” initiative and brought together women who are dedicated to business and entrepreneurship.
The hybrid event, which was held in Accra with wide participation from virtually across the continent, also saw around 30 outstanding women rewarded for excelling in their various pursuits.
In his official address, Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana, Olumide Olatunji, emphasized the need for women to be relentless in their mission to aggressively achieve their goals.
In turn, the CEO of entrepreneurship, ESG business and innovation company Scaleup Africa, Amma Gyampo, reminded delegates of the immense economic potential of women.
She noted that gender equality is a very important tool for generating finance and economic development, as it has the potential to unlock multiple resources of finance, further adding that with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) globally, it is estimated to grow by $28 trillion if gender equality can be achieved, women leaders and businesswomen should strive to push the boundaries to ensure the country is not not left behind.
“According to the Bank of America, achieving gender equality could increase global GDP by $28 trillion; it is power that must be intentionally harnessed. We need innovative financing and capacity building to achieve equitable prosperity,” she said.
She also advised women to work together, support each other and network for capacity building and growth rather than seeing each other as competitors.
Also present at the conference were other notable leaders from the fields of media, business and entrepreneurship, such as Pearl Nkrumah, Beryl Agyekum, Joana Bannerman, Miishe Addy, Irene Ochem, Justina Mutale and Roselyn Ngissah.
Media personalities and entrepreneurs Kokui Selormey-Hanson of Citi FM and Claudia Lumor, Glitz Africa, moderated the panel discussions and conversations.