By Tanya Maswaure
Graduation seasons are always so exciting. Caps are thrown in the air, walking across the stage, and photoshoots of happy, successful candidates ready to use their education in the working world. Excitement is in the air, yet behind every smile and cheer, there is an internal question in the mind of each graduate: What now?
Barrister (Mrs.) Victoria Irabor, President, Defence, and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA), a vast and well-read professional in the fields of law, conflict, security, development as well as corporate management and finance law has decided to use her in-depth knowledge and experience to take on the challenge of changing the narrative of the lives of widows in Nigeria, with special focus to the wives of fallen heroes in Nigeria. In her role as the DEPOWA president, she has not only led by example but has gone further to make sure that the military widows of the nation benefit and succeed.
The British High Commission in Nigeria has continued to support the government towards promoting good governance, trade, and women representation in key sectors of the economy. In this exclusive interview with African Leadership Magazine UK, the High Commissioner, Catriona Laing, talks about the UK government’s commitment to supporting Nigeria to achieve major milestones in key sectors of the economy. Excerpts: You have worked in Africa for some time now. Can you share your experience with us and your journey thus far before your posting to Nigeria? What’s been the journey for you as a female leader and a female diplomat so far? To start with Nigeria as my destination. I’ve been here three years, and I’m the first female British High Commissioner to Nigeria. Nigeria is one of our most important missions in Africa. And I’m one of the most senior British diplomats stationed on the continent, which underscores the…
Ms. Caroline Abel was first appointed Governor of the Central Bank of Seychelles (CBS) on 14th March 2012, becoming the first woman in Seychelles to hold the position. She was re-appointed to serve a second six-year term in March 2018. She is also Chairperson of the CBS Board.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a renowned mathematician. She holds a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Witwatersrand. She is a highly regarded B1 NR-rated scientist with over, 80 research papers and five edited volumes published. She has been invited to deliver over 40 keynote plenary talks at international conferences, and also as a visiting professor at universities around the world.
Ms. Karuaihe-Martin has over 28 years experience in the financial sector after having worked in various financial institutions that include PWC (Partner/Director within the Strategic Advisory, Risk and Corporate Governance) Tax Leader), with the past 7 years in the Insurance industry. She has extensive experience and expertise in Insurance, Reinsurance, Taxation, Internal Audit, Accounting and Finance, Business Strategy, Project Management, Valuations, Advisory Consulting, Risk, Control and Fraud and Corporate Governance.
“In this pandemic, we have witnessed new leaderships, individual and collective, which show that human beings have a great capacity to reinvent themselves and thus overcome adversity, no matter how painful or costly it may be. Women have proven it and I am sure that throughout each territory, in the midst of this crisis, those women heads of households, those women entrepreneurs, those neighbourhood or community leaders, those executives, those managers or those women leaders of organizations that have reinvented and challenged themselves, have appeared with a redoubled sensitivity and keen intelligence”. These were the words of Mrs Artola, the General Manager, Central Bank of Ecuador whicle discussing the topic – Building Back Transformed Economies Post COVID 19 in an Exclusive interview with the Amazons Watch Magazine.