Amazons Helping Women Build Business Empires – Femfunds Workshop 2.0 Review

Femfunds, an organization which grows female-owned businesses by providing female entrepreneurs access to interest- and collateral-free loans hosted a workshop in Lagos this Saturday. ( Learn more here.)

Ushers with warm and non-plastic smiles welcomed you from the registration point all the way to your seat. Treating every attendee like movie stars are. This gave the impression I was going to enjoy this. The ambience of motivation emanated from the neatly arranged seats, hall lighting and 90s I-can-do-anything themed songs.

It is no surprise as Landmark Events Centre has a way of bringing events to life. And it was a delight to see the hall was half-full at about 30 minutes before the program started. Henceforth, I don’t want to hear anyone say Nigerians can’t keep to time. The workshops went smoothly for a number of reasons which I’d highlight as you go on.

Oh the joy of all-women panels! (You don’t see this every day.)
Line up
Tosin Durotoye – Consultant Strategist, TechAdvance.
Mo Odele – lawyer, Curator ScaleMyHustle.
Chika Uwazie – HR expert, CEO, Talent Base.
Oluwatosin Olaseinde – investor, Founder The Money Africa
Arese Ugwu – author, CEO Smart Money Africa.
Afua Osei – media entrepreneur, Co-founder She Leads Africa
Dr Chinny Ogunro – researcher, Co-Founder Africa Health Holdings

Video- Watch Afua Osei give an electrifying talk on building a digital tribe .

Content

Moderators set the tone for an event and Lamide Akintobi (award winning journalist and TV presenter) was remarkable. The speakers are young, accomplished women in fields ranging from real estate, academia, and health to law, sharing experience about career, family, and confidence and having the right attitude towards money. It was indeed a brilliant selection of successful Nigerian female entrepreneurs with local and global impact.

They held the attention of audience all through. Loud cheers reverberated across the hall to herald the presence of these women, who between them, have inspired millions for years via social media.

The talks and panels centred on the art of negotiating better deals and salaries, scaling business to global markets, pitching brands, investing in real estate, understanding money intricately and a short guide to digital marketing. Tasks were assigned, burning questions answered and free coaching sessions given out. It was an eye-opening session with every one of the attendees charged to implement these lessons in their businesses.

Food
Meal tickets were handed out at registration. After the talk, attendees went on a queue for food and drinks. The food was tasty party jollof and beef. The caterers did not forget the topping almost every Lagos woman likes- dodo. (Is there anyone who doesn’t like dodo?). It was a free event so no grand feelings of entitlement with the menu. But in all, the organizers provided a decent meal.

Souvenir

A beautiful book combining event agenda and a weekly planner. A blend of thoughtfulness, functionality and cuteness.

Convenience
This was neat and again reflects the great choice of venue. The restroom was clean, properly maintained by cheerful staff with everything needed present in abundant supply. It smelt so good that you forgot what it was meant for. I’m particular about this because dirty conveniences spread infectious diseases. And we all have attended fancy events whose planners forgot this important part.

Organization
There is a special type of beauty in time management. Two email reminders prior to the event urged attendees to be punctual. That is the kind of follow up we need more of. There was strict adherence to time allotted for each speaker. This highlighted the importance of rich quality content. Being able to effectively manage hundreds of guests is no easy task but rewarding when done to near-perfection

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In all, the impact of workshops like this is far-reaching. More young women need to be supported in their ground-breaking ideas. They should not think of themselves as extensions of anyone else but individuals with equal rights to financial independence and stability.

Imagine a world with more accomplished women in their twenties just as some of the speakers are.

It is possible.

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Were you at the event? Kindly share your thoughts.

-Oumissa

SpaceX Launch – A Triumph of Innovation

L E G E N D A R Y
This photo right here about to beat that iconic Neil Armstrong’s.
Yet another reminder that ideas flourish in an enabling atmosphere. (all shades of pun intended).

G O A L S
By making space exploration look so cool and fun, Elon Musk has inspired millions around the world. He made history by sending his other invention, a Tesla with a mannequin into orbit .You know when you achieve and everyone- even your haters- respect you.
That’s the level of success we must try to attain. The type that makes humanity proud.

I N S P I R E
To all the kids who get bullied for being a geek,nerd or whiz, keep believing in your dreams and never stop working to make them true. For when they do,the world (and space too!) will watch you shine.

N O S T A L G I A
I kind of understand how the Apollo ’69 moon landing must have felt like. I was obsessed with space as a kid and for a while I wanted to be an astronaut. This is so exciting!

Please share your thoughts about this amazing event.

P.S Thanks to @bonsaisky for gracious permission. Follow him on Twitter.

-OumissaInspire

Lagos, Nigeria

Tea with Entrepreneurs


​What did I do today?
We all should have more days that give that deep sense of satisfaction. The good feeling that comes with investing in yourself and getting good value for your money. I was blessed to have such a day today.
It was at the SMD Tijaarah Tea for Muslim women entrepreneurs(Muslimahpreneurs) organized by @sherrys_Mamas_Delight
First we had to introduce ourselves and businesses, then renew intentions to dedicate it all to Allah (the Enricher).  I liked that the setting was relaxed and so it was easy to get comfortable. Factors like age, success and profession posed no barriers. This facilitated learning from one another.
There was so much to learn! The lady behind SMD – Shariifah Yunus, a culinary artist and instructor, gave a passionate talk about her experience as a Muslim woman starting and running a business, confidence, positioning, advertising and lots more.
Next up was the session by Ameenah Imran, a seasoned and dedicated student of the deen, who took us through transactions that are forbidden in Islam. Making sure our business is based on halal (lawful)  is very important. We also learnt about permissible transactions, putting Allah first and of course I was motivated to take learning about rulings and other fields of knowledge in Islam more seriously.
The last talk was about product photography by the creative Roqeebah Olaoniye- editor, photographer and legal consultant ( @roqeebah). She patiently coached with practical demonstartions us on how to get the best of  apps and photos to sell our products and services. It was such a trove of treasures!
In between , we had breaks for Salah( prayers). Question and answer, with interactive sessions shed more light on issues. Ideas were flying about ready to be caught by the open-minded. Tea and lunch were welcome treats, all made with SMD natural tea and spices. The tea, burger and Ofada tasted so good. You should try cooking with them too.
I am glad to have made the acquaintance of business owners and budding entrepreneurs whose interests ranged from crafts, health, travel services to food businesses.
Supporting each other in growth and development was a priceless lesson. As women, we should build each other. And as Muslim women, we must treat each other with honour accorded to sisters.
In all, I met new people, reconnected with old friends and took away a zeal to run a successful business enterprise.