L-R Wunmi Aboderin. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, British Deputy High Commissioner Laure Beaufils, Mrs Sola Salako Aluko, and Hon. Nkoyo Toyo.

Women For Women: British Deputy High Commissioner hosts Sola Salako, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Nkoyo Toyo, Prof Remi Sonaiya, Dr Elishamah Ideh to conversation on women’s participation in politics.

British Deputy High Commissioner facilitates brainstorming session between business, civil society and media stakeholders on barriers to women’s participation in politics

O Monday evening at the British residence in Lagos, the Deputy High Commissioner hosted a diverse array of stakeholders to a conversation on the role of women in politics. The event began with a panel of 4 women: Sola Salako; founder of the Consumer Advocacy Forum, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji; a political activist and CEO of Rise Networks, Honourable Nkoyo Toyo; founder of the Women for Women movement, and Wunmi Aboderin; chairperson of Wimbiz. The discussion was moderated by the Deputy High Commissioner who posed thematic questions to the panellists based on the areas in which they worked.

 

L-R Dr Elishamah Ideh and Professor Remi Sonaiya

Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji, a youth and civic rights campaigner, on why women and youth matter said  although in their rigorous domestic training they have learnt valuable leadership and management skills, women often have to be 10 times better than the men to get what they are due. Speaking on the importance of male allies especially in intimate relationships, said ‘the best career choice a woman will make is the man she marries, because when she has someone who can validate the dreams she has at night, it gives her the confidence to go out into the world to make it happen.’

Sola Salako, a consumer protection and civic engagement campaigner, on the underestimated impact of civic engagement said ‘In Nigeria they don’t let you do anything except you are from that place. Go to your hometown, gather the women there and listen to their needs. It costs very little to solve these needs for them, but the social capital you acquire from that goes a long way.’ Addressing the fact that many women’s political ambitions are hampered by lack of funding, she stressed the potency of social capital as an alternative to monetary capital.

Hon. Nkoyo Toyo, a veteran women rights activist and Founder of the Women for Women movement gave the room a crash history course in the evolution of women movements dating from the military era. Speaking from her decades of experience she stressed the importance of women joining the current political system however unsavoury it seemed to bring about change from within.  ‘Every existing political party is like a family. You need to understand the nuances to make them work to your advantage.’ she said, also calling on women never to say that politics was not for them.

Wunmi Aboderin, on the role of business in supporting women highlighted the importance of support structures whether through finance, networking or administration. She also gave an account of programmes Wimbiz had implemented in the past to support women in politics.

Asides from the panellists, two women germane to the topic;  Professor Remi Sonaiya, and Dr Elishama Ideh, the first and current female presidential aspirants in the 2015 and 2019 elections respectively, were asked to comment on their experiences.  Professor Remi Sonaiya, who made history in 2015 as the first woman to run for the highest office in the land started by requesting the audience to rise up and give a  minute of silence for the victims of the Plateau massacre on Sunday. Reflecting on her decision to run for office, she said that it was the repeated barrage of tragedies like this drove her out of the university and into politics, because she realized that ‘politicians are the people who determine our quality of life as a nation,’ She concluded by saying that the race never ends, and she is and will continue running.

Dr Elishama Ideh, who is a presidential aspirant in the forthcoming elections, commented on the unique traits women possessed that made them better leaders. She admitted that it could sometimes be intimidating when in the company of male politicians, even though they were often louder, she often had a perspective that enabled her see aspects of problems they could not.

L-R Dr Elishamah Ideh and Professor Remi Sonaiya

The discussion was then thrown to the floor, where members of the audience including Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Adesuwa Onyenokwe, gave their perspectives on the topic. In her closing address, the Deputy High Commissioner charged the audience not to feel powerless, reminding them that they didn’t need to look to the West for inspiration but Rwanda, a fellow African country. She thanked the panelists and audiences for their passionate contributions, noting that it was clear that what was needed was a way harness the energy through strategic organization. She also expressed hope that the coming elections would bring a new tide for the plight of women in Nigerian politics.

UPBEAT Centre – Fitness & Fun recreation in Lagos

Have you heard of the new wave in Fitness & Fun recreation in Lagos? A world class infrastructure with modern facilities that give you an out of the world experience. Let’s tell you about UPBEAT Centre.

 

UPBEAT Centre is West Africa’s first trampoline park and recreation centre in Nigeria. Located at 11 Admiralty Road, Lekki Phase 1, UPBEAT Centre was conceptualized by Moyo Ogunseinde; creative director and developed by Uraga Real Estate limited. UPBEAT was borne to fill a gap in the market, establishing a world class, fun sports and fitness recreation centre in Africa for the benefit for all in the community.

The Upbeat Centre amenities include an indoor trampoline park, an outdoor basketball court, a Five-a-Side football pitch, retail spaces for lease and other fun and fitness facilities for leisure and training. Daily, we deliver a unique experience through our Facility, our people and our products, to make UPBEAT your number one destination for fitness and fun. We provide excellent quality service in a safe environment.

The quality and design of the UPBEAT facility include sustainability and world class safety measures as well as the various activities which set it apart from any existing recreation facility in Nigeria and West Africa.

At UPBEAT, we host parties, corporate team bonding sessions, events and gatherings, themed to your taste and requirement for an unforgettable & eventful experience.

UPBEAT Centre has hosted several events and also partnered to bring some events to life. The Ball-Off Homecoming soccer event, Adekunle Gold’s “About 30” listening party, Society of Petroleum Engineers Charity walk, just to name a few have been held at the UPBEAT Centre. Multinationals like Shell, Chevron, Mobil, KPMG & Stanbic trust us with their corporate team bonding sessions, with great reviews too.

UPBEAT is set to be a household name in Fun & Fitness recreation in Nigeria and West Africa, with plans of spreading across the country to bring the experience closer to people and families outside Lagos. The future is bright, the future is UPBEAT!

So, are you looking for that UPBEAT experience? Come let’s UP YOUR FUN, YOUR FITNESS & YOUR LIFE!

Sun International and City of Tshwane Partnership Promises Awesome World Choir Games Experience for West Africa Travellers

Sun International, premium luxury hotels and resorts brand has partnered the City of Tshwane to create awesome travel experiences for West Africa travellers to the forth coming World Choir Games scheduled to take place in the City of Tshwane from 4th to 14th July this year.

The City of Tshwane, home of South Africa’s seat of power will record another first in Africa by hosting the 10th World Choir Games which promises to be a celebration of global choral music and entertainment workshops.

Travellers for the World Choir Games will be spoilt for choice at the recently opened The Maslow Time Square, offering an entirely new concept in hospitality. A first for South Africa, this 238-room specialist business hotel, offers multi-level accommodation options – from standard to premium – all under one roof. The 17-storey hotel is packed with state-of-the-art facilities and technology that will delight and satisfy every traveller.

The Foundation Level, offering a full range of amenities that exceed basic accommodation needs, is designed to deliver excellent quality service, design and physical attributes to meet guest expectations.

The Median Level offers a deluxe experience, with a wider range of facilities and superior design qualities that meet the needs of discerning guests. On the Median Level, guests have access to a well-equipped, modern gym, The Maslow Hotel pool and a conference centre.

The Zenith Level offers an exceptional range of facilities and premier services that are not only comprehensive, but also highly personalised, prudently crafted to provide the most exclusive experience. At the pinnacle of the high-rise hotel, the Zenith Level features butler service, a fully stocked mini bar, the Luminary Lounge, the Solis Bar and infinity pool, and conferencing facilities.

The guests’ rooms are The Maslow Time Square’s perfect response to a full day of productivity. Each room is elegantly designed with air conditioning, flat screen TVs, luxurious linen, and world class amenities to ensure guests’ every comfort. The Maslow Time Square goes beyond what is has traditionally been expected from accommodation for professionals, creating an environment in which ideas can be both conceptualised and realized.

Dining at The Maslow Time Square is uncomplicated, relaxing and above all else, delicious. The hotel’s Tatso, which m    eans “taste” in Sesotho, is where guests can enjoy a generous buffet featuring a diverse selection of dishes influenced by different cuisines. The hotel’s Lounge Bar offers a fusion of cosmopolitan energy and feel-good cuisine.

For guests who will be infusing business with leisure, every meeting room at The Maslow Time Square is innovatively designed to be a game-changer – a place that fosters success. The rooms are conducive to productive workshops, strategic thinking, effective team building and well-deserved relaxation, while offering inspiring locations to do business in the heart of Menlyn Maine. Boasting spacious facilities, the array of meeting rooms can accommodate events large or small.

Specifically, The Sun International travel package to wow West Africa travellers for the World Choir Games has been carefully created to cater for all the needs of the travellers. From a return flight ticket to dedicated meet and greet on arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport and private transfer from the airport to The Maslow Time Square, all has been catered for.

In addition, travellers will also have the opportunity to participate in the World Choir Games special workshops and actual choral musical events as well as tour of the City of Tshwane inclusive of a shopping voucher.

At the Tshwane 2018 World Choir Games, seven choral groups will be representing West Africa. New Wine Ensemble; Mountain Top Chorale; Halifield School Choir; Musica Casa Chorale; Riverbank School Choir; Lagos City Chorale; all from Nigeria and Harmonious Chorale from Ghana.