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… As Mariya Tambuwal, First Lady of Sokoto State, Maintains Lead
 
On Tuesday, 6 June 2017, the on-going Amazons Watch Magazine’s Most-Impactful Governor’s Wife poll, which was designed to gauge the impact of the various pet projects and noble activities of the Wives of Governors of Nigeria’s 36 States, will close and the winner will be announced.
 
The online poll which was launched on Tuesday, 16 May 2017, is part of the magazine’s strategic efforts to celebrate the Wives of Nigerian State Governors, who are redefining the concept of sustainability in their communities and nation, demonstrating a commitment towards improving the social, economic and political status of Nigerian women. 
 
 
Wife of Sokoto State Governor, Mariya Tambuwal, is maintaining the lead with 78.2% of the total votes cast; Zainab Bagudu, Wife of Kebbi State Governor, sits at the second position with 10.1%; while the Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode is maintaining the third position with 7.6% of the votes cast, as at press time.
 
The magazine nominated 12 Nigerian State First Ladies in the poll, using popularity, impact and sustainability as criteria. The other 9 nominees up for voting are: Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano of Anambra State; Mrs. Olufunso Amosun of Ogun State; Mrs. Rashida Bello of Kogi State; and Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.
 
Hajiya Ummi El Rufai of Kaduna State; Dr Lynda Ayade of Cross River State; Hon. JusticeEberechi Suzzette Wike of Rivers State; Mrs. Florence Ajimobi of Oyo State; and Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha of Imo State; are also on the list for voting.
 
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The Governor’s Wife to emerge winner of the poll will be celebrated with the Global Impact Leadership Award, for redefining the concept of sustainability in their communities and nation; working tirelessly to improve the social, economic, and political status of women in their communities, thereby making inroads for upcoming women into traditionally male-dominated spheres of the global economy.
 
The winner will also participate as panel discussant during the First Ladies on a Mission Session, a key highlight of the International Conference on Gender & Sustainability – New York 2017, an event being put together by the magazine at the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly New York, on September 21, 2017, and also featured in an exclusive and extensive interview to be included in a special edition of the magazine that shall be circulated at the conference and to participants of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, New York.
 
The Top 3, as well as the other nominees for the poll, will also receive a commendation award and invited to participate in the conference.
 
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One week after the launch of the Amazons Watch Magazine’s Most-Impactful-Governor’s-Wife Poll, the wife of the Sokoto State Governor, Hajiya Mariya Tambuwal is taking the lead with 73.5% of the total votes cast.
 
The on-going online poll is part of the magazine’s strategic efforts to spur and encourage a more aggressive commitment and efforts on the part of the Wives of Nigerian State Governors towards improving the social, economic and political status of Nigerian women and the society at large.
 
Hajiya Tambuwal who makes an impact in the lives of the people of Sokoto state through the Foundation- Mariya Tambuwal Development Initiative (MTDI), is closely trailed in the poll by Dr. Zainab Bagudu of Kebbi State, with 11.8%; while the Wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode is maintaining the third position with 10.3% of the votes cast, as at press time.
 
The “First Lady” is an informal and unconstitutional, but accepted title in Nigeria, held by the wife of the President and State Governors of Nigeria. They are the exemplification of grace, magnificence and influence, renowned as true partners of their spouses- the Governors’ visions, and role model of excellence for women in their respective states and in the nation.
 
Over the years, the activities of Wives of Nigerian State Governors have remarkably turned from the traditionally ceremonial role into a potent force for women and grass root development, promoting and protecting the rights of women, eliminating all forms of repugnant practices as well as violence against women and the enhancement of their living standards.
 
The poll is being organized with the aim of examining and shining the spotlight on the various impactful activities of the Wives of Governors of Nigeria’s 36 states.
 
The magazine nominated 12 Nigerian State First Ladies in the poll, using popularity, impact and sustainability as criteria. The other 9 nominees up for voting are: Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano of Anambra State; Mrs. Olufunso Amosun of Ogun State; Mrs. Rashida Bello of Kogi State; and Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.
 
Hajiya Ummi El Rufai of Kaduna State; Dr Lynda Ayade of Cross River State; Hon. JusticeEberechi Suzzette Wike of Rivers State; Mrs. Florence Ajimobi of Oyo State; and Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha of Imo State; are also on the list for voting.
 
The Governor’s Wife to emerge the winner in the poll will be featured in an exclusive and extensive interview to be included in a special edition that will be published and showcased at the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly New York by September 2017 during the First Ladies on a Mission Forum.
 
In the same vein, the winner will be further celebrated with a Global Impact Award, in recognition of the visible impact and significant contributions to the well-being of women, as well as her selfless service to humanity:  while others to emerge among the Top 3, as well as the other nominees for the poll will also receive a commendation award.
 
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The Amazons Watch Magazine, a leading voice for women in developing nations, has nominated 12 First Ladies for the magazine’s Most-Impactful Governors Wives Poll, designed to gauge the impact of the various pet projects and noble activities of the Wives of Governors of Nigeria’s 36 States. The magazine used Popularity, Impact and Sustainability as the criteria for selection.
 
The poll is part of the magazine’s efforts to spur and encourage a more aggressive commitment and efforts on the part of the Wives of Nigerian State Governors towards improving the social, economic and political status of Nigerian women and the society at large.
 
The “First Lady” is an informal and unconstitutional, but accepted title in Nigeria, held by the wife of the President and State Governors of Nigeria. They are the exemplification of grace, magnificence and influence, renowned as true partners of their spouses- the Governors’ visions, and role model of excellence for women in their respective states and in the nation.
 
Over the years, the activities of Wives of Nigerian State Governors have remarkably turned from the traditionally ceremonial role into a potent force for women and grass root development, promoting and protecting the rights of women, eliminating all forms of repugnant practices as well as violence against women and the enhancement of their living standards.
 
However, there has been an array of criticisms and queries on the relevance of these programmes and individual projects of the First Ladies.
 
With the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria on 29 May, 2015, the Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, desirous of making a positive impact on the lives of women, children and the less privileged, restructured the operations of the Governors Wives Forum, highlighting key challenges faced by women that should be addressed: widowhood rites, female inheritance rights, female genital mutilation, early marriages, violence against women and children, high maternal mortality as well as women economic empowerment, among others.
 
The poll is, therefore, being organized, against this backdrop, with the aim of examining and shining the spotlight on various impactful activities of the Wives of Governors of Nigeria’s 36 states.
 
The nominees for the poll are: Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano of Anambra State; Mrs. Bolanle Ambode of Lagos State; Mrs. Olufunso Amosun of Ogun State; Mrs. Rashida Bello of Kogi State; Dr. Zainab Bagudu of Kebbi State; and Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.
 
Others on the list for voting are: Hajiya Ummi El Rufai of Kaduna State; Hajiya Mariya Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Dr Lynda Ayade of Cross River State; Hon. JusticeEberechi Suzzette Wike of Rivers State; Mrs. Florence Ajimobi of Oyo State; and Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha of Imo State.
 
The Governor’s Wife to emerge the winner in the poll will be featured in an exclusive and extensive interview to be included in a special edition that will be published and showcased at the margins of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly New York by September 2017 during the First Ladies on a Mission Forum.
 
In the same vein, the winner will be further celebrated with a Global Impact Award, in recognition of the visible impact and significant contributions to the well-being of women, as well as her selfless service to humanity:  while others to emerge among the Top 3, as well as the ‘other nominees for the poll will also receive a commendation award.
 
The poll will begin on Monday, 16 May 2017,
 
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The Amazons Watch Magazine, a leading voice for women in developing nations, has nominated 12 First Ladies for the magazine’s Most-Impactful Governors Wives Poll, designed to gauge the impact of the various pet projects and noble activities of the Wives of Governors of Nigeria’s 36 States. The magazine used Popularity, Impact and Sustainability as the criteria for selection.

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The Amazons Watch Magazine’s online poll to gauge African financial institutions with the Best Women Supportive programmes and policies ended on Thursday with Tanzania Women’s Bank Limited (TWB) maintaining the vanguard position as the Most Women-Friendly Bank in Africa, closely trailed by the First Bank Nigeria Plc.

TWB, Africa’s first women bank incorporated in 2007 with a passion and commitment towards female entrepreneurs, empowering women economically and socially, polled 30.8% of the total votes cast; while First Bank, Nigeria’s largest financial services institution, established in 1894, which has over the years demonstrated commitment to promote women empowerment with women-supportive products, secured 23%.

Nigeria’s Bank of Industry (BOI) maintained the third position with 22% of the total votes cast; and the duo of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTB) Nigeria and Diamond Bank Plc Nigeria sit at the fourth position with 10% at a tie. The Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO), one of Nigeria’s largest microfinance bank, clung the fifth position with 6% of the votes cast.

The Amazons Watch Magazine launched the poll November 17 with the aim of recognizing and promoting the Top 5 Women Supportive Banks in Emerging Economies (Africa) with programmes and services that have significantly empowered women, increasing women’s access to financial services, improving the well-being of women, and bolstering gender equality, with notable impacts, transcending beyond the individual woman level to improvement in the standard of living in the continent.

The poll, which is one of the Magazine’s strategic public engagement tools, aimed at engendering healthy competition, peer review and promoting good women supportive financial services,  will be organized in four (4) phases across the regions of developing countries, beginning with the African region which has been concluded, followed by Asia, Middle-East, and then South-America.

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In announcing the polls, Mrs Furo Giami, the publisher of the Amazons Watch Magazine said the “essence of the poll is to bring to the consciousness of governments and key players of the private sector, the popularity and yearnings of women for women-supportive financial programmes and policies that supports female entrepreneurs and women empowerment. We hope we have achieved this aim”.

The leadership of the Top 5 Best Women Supportive Bank will be presented with the Most Outstanding African Women-Friendly Bank Award during one of the Magazine’s flagship event in the first quarter of 2017. Time, Venue and details of the event will be announced shortly.

A special publication of the Magazine will be unveiled at event to showcase women-supportive products and services of the banks and the impact in the lives of African women.

The Amazons Watch Magazine serves as the leading voice for women in developing Nations. The publication is rooted in the preservation of the pride and dignity of women through an objective reportage on gender inequalities and social injustices experienced by women in developing Nations, while profiling the amazing achievements of these Amazons for reference, duplication and inspiration to the next generation of women leaders.

The magazine is published by the Center for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), a non-Governmental Organization in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), whose mission is to become a leading global platform for delivering peak performance and gender empowerment.

 

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By Ehis Ayere

Few days to the close of voting, Tanzania Women’s Bank (TWB) has taken the lead as the Best Women Supportive Bank in Africa, with programmes, products and services that have significantly empowered and impacted the financial lives of women, providing them with the ability, opportunity, and skill to generate and control their own incomes.

TWB polled 25% of the total votes cast, closely trailed by Bank of Industry Nigeria, with 16.5% of votes cast.

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The Amazons Watch Magazine launched the poll November 17 with the aim of recognizing and promoting the Top 5 Women Supportive Banks in Emerging Economies (Africa); with programmes and services that have significantly empowered women, increasing women’s access to financial services, improving the well-being of women, and bolstering gender equality, with notable impacts, transcending beyond the individual woman level to improvement in the standard of living in the continent.

First Bank Nigeria and Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) polled 16% of the votes cast to maintain a spot at the third position. Eco Bank Nigeria and Diamond Bank Nigeria are also at a tie in the fourth position with 8.5%, while Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has maintained the fifth position with 8%.

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The poll, which is one of the Magazine’s strategic public engagement tools, aimed at engendering healthy competition, peer review and promoting good women supportive financial services, will be organized in four (4) phases across the regions of developing countries, beginning with the African region which is on-going, followed by Asia, Middle-East, and then South-America.

The Amazons Watch Magazine nominated 27 financial institutions for this first phase, targeted at the African region, with the following criteria:

  • The financial institution with the best innovative financial products/ services that continuously ease and increase women’s access to finance;
  • Institutions that provide platforms for training & financial literacy programs for women;
  • Number of women impacted by the organisation’s offerings;
  • Gender inclusion in the organisation.

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