Press Release

It was a glamorous, enriching and inspiring experience for all participants, as female heads of Governments, world’s first ladies, female business leaders, academics and research scholars, gathered at the 1st International Conference on Gender & Sustainability (ICOGAS) New York 2017, on September 21st, 2017, at the New York Hilton Midtown, New York USA. The Conference, put together by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development, in collaboration with the African Leadership Magazine, was organised as a global platform with a focus on utilizing the unique perspectives of women in delivering strong sustainability projects and quantified impact; as well as to honor and recognise contributions of women impact leaders from the developing world. The conference also aimed to honour women and organizations across all regions, who are working to promote sustainable development in their communities in a bid to encourage a replication of more efforts in this direction.
The President of the Republic of Mauritius, Her Excellency, Ameena Gurib-Fakim, delivered the keynote address, at the conference.
In her remarks, President Gurib-Fakim said the award was “a sign of recognition of the considerable contribution of hundreds of African women. It is a fact that African women are at the centre of the continental developmental agenda. Their contribution is unfortunately rarely valued and recognized.” President Gurib-Fakim was honoured with the Global Inspirational Leadership Award.
In his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Joe Beasley, Chairman African Leadership Advisory Board North America, stated that the summit was significant in its agenda to inspire a rethink on not just our sustainable future and the UN-backed global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also in developing unique homegrown solutions to the problems and challenges facing the developing world today.
As part of key highlights of this conference, there were three (3) high-level panel discussions: First Ladies on a Mission Roundtable Session, Global Female Business Leaders Roundtable Session, and Gender & Global Sustainable Development- Roundtable Discussion.
The First Ladies on a Mission Roundtable featured H.E. Reema Carmona, First Lady, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; H.E. Dominique Ouattara, First Lady, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire; H.E. Lorena Castillo de Varela, First Lady, Republic of Panama; H.E. Roman Tesfaye, First Lady, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; and H.E. Sandra Granger, First Lady, Co-operative Republic of Guyana.The first ladies highlighted the need for a holistic view and approach to the challenges facing their respective communities and nations, to influence the desired change sought.
The Global Female Business Leaders Roundtable Session starred Dr Anna Mokgokong, Honorary Consul of Iceland & Executive Chairperson of Community Investment Holdings, South Africa; Desiree Bombenon, President and CEO of SureCall Contact Centers Limited, Canada; Ebelechukwu Nwachukwu, CEO, Zenith General Insurance Company, Nigeria; Dr. Namane Magau, CEO, Business & Development Solutions, South Africa; and Anna Cecilia Frellsen, CEO, Maternity Foundation, Denmark. The businesswomen centred on using innovative approaches to delivering economic sustainability for women in the business world.
Members of the Gender & Global Sustainable Development- Roundtable Discussion was Cindy Pace, Vice President Global Diversity & Inclusion, Metlife, USA; Eva VAti, Head of Sustainability, Ework Group Sweden, Rosalind Hudnell, Vice President, Intel Corporation & President INTEL Foundation USA; South African Yolanda Cuba, CEO Vodafone Ghana; and Natalie Chinje, Founder & CEO, Upbeat Marketing Pty, South Africa. Panel members shared best practices and their personal experiences and stressed, among other things, the need for women, who aspire for corporate leadership in boards and organisation, to build their competencies, accountability and qualifications just as men, and not aspire to leadership based on the entitlement mentality.
The conference also had the presentation of awards to leaders across the broad spectrum of society who have uniquely distinguished themselves in every aspect of human endeavours were honoured for their work in promoting sustainability. 2017 awardees included H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius; H.E. Reema Carmona, First Lady of Trinidad & Tobago; H.E. Mrs. Dominique Quattara, First Lady of Cote d’Ivoire; H.E. Mrs. Lorena Castillo de Varela, Panama; H.E. Mrs. Sandra Granger, First Lady Guyana; and H.E. Mrs. Roman Tesfaye Abneh, First Lady of Ethiopia.
Others were H.E. Demitu Hambissa Bonsa, Minister of Women and Children Affairs, Ethiopia; Anna Mokgokong, Executive Chairperson of Community Investment Holdings, South Africa; Yolanda Cuba, MD/CEO, Vodafone Ghana; Ebelechukwu Nwachukwu, CEO, Zenith General Insurance Company, Nigeria; Namane Magau, CEO, Business & Development Solutions, South Africa; Dr. Natalie Chinje, Founder & CEO, Upbeat Marketing Pty, South Africa; and Mr. Wondu Bekele Woldemariam, Executive Director of MWECS, Ethiopia; Debrework Leuelseged, General Manager of Ye EnatWeg Charitable Association, Ethiopia; Nigest Haile, Founder and Executive Director of CAWEE, Ethiopia.

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

9 June 2017

Wife of the Governor of Sokoto State of Nigeria, Hajiya Mariya Tambuwal has emerged winner of the keenly contested Amazons Watch Magazine’s Most-Impactful-Governor-Wife Poll 2017, which was launched on May 16 and ended on June 6, 2017.

The poll is part of AW Magazine’s efforts to identify and celebrate renowned and seasoned Nigerian States’ First Ladies redefining the concept of sustainability in their communities, working tirelessly to improve the social, economic, and political status of women in their localities, thereby making inroads into traditionally male-dominated spheres of the global economy.

The poll result was announced on Friday after an evaluation of online votes and documents from other sources by the Board and Management of the Magazine.

Hajiya Mariya Tambuwal won the poll with 70.5% of the total votes cast, followed by Dr. Zainab Bagudu, Wife of the Governor of Kebbi State who has emerged the first runner-up with 10.8%; while the Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode closely followed with 10.3% of the votes cast to emerge in the Top 3 category.

While announcing the poll result at the international office of the magazine in the United Kingdom, Mrs. Furo Giami, the publisher specifically highlighted the commitment of Hajiya Mariya Tambuwal towards improving the lives of underprivileged women and children in Sokoto State. “Hajiya Mariya Aminu Waziri Tambuwal used her influence in garnering national and international attention and support for the plights of underprivileged women and children, ensuring the poor women, widows and orphans have better access to adequate and quality health care”, Mrs. Giami said.

The publisher also noted that Hajiya Tambuwal established Mariya Tambuwal Development Initiative (MTDI) through which she has made a sustainable impact in the lives of the people. “I hope this poll will serve the purpose of inspiring aggressive and innovative approaches of scaling up opportunities for women in the grassroots among Nigerian First Ladies as well as instigate the mobilization of more collective national and international support in tackling the myriad of societal problems”, Mrs. Giami concluded.

Some of the voters testified to the impact of Hajiya Aminu Tambuwal on society. Maryam Garba Wamakko, one of the voters said “Mariya Aminu Waziri is my choice because she is so helpful to the less privileged women and she is a role model, listening to people without discrimination”.

Jamilun Ringim, another voter, said “she is a mother and source of hope to many children and orphans. She is an emblem of peace and a true philanthropist. History will never forget the indelible marks she engraved in our lives”.

Hajiya Tambuwal will be will be honoured and formally decorated with the Global Impact Leadership Award, and presented the Nigeria’s  Most-Impactful Governor’s Wife Medal, during the the International Conference on Gender & Sustainability (ICOGAS- New York 2017), scheduled to hold on the sidelines of U.N. General Assembly, in New York, U.S.A. on September 21st, 2017.

The magazine had nominated 12 Nigerian States’ First Ladies for the poll, using popularity, impact and sustainability as the criteria. The other 9 nominees are Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano of Anambra State; Mrs. Olufunso Amosun of Ogun State; Mrs. Rashida Bello of Kogi State; Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State; Hajiya Ummi El Rufai of Kaduna State; Dr Lynda Ayade of Cross River State; Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Wike of Rivers State; Mrs. Florence Ajimobi of Oyo State; and Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha of Imo State.

All the First Ladies nominated for the poll will be invited to participate as panel discussants, alongside First Ladies from developing nations, during the First Ladies on a Mission Session, ICOGAS- New York 2017; honoured for  their good works;  and featured in the Amazons Watch Magazine’s special exclusive edition which will be unveiled during this New York conference.


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