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ABUJA, NIGERIA- 12 November 12, 2019/ The Chairperson of Malawi Electoral Commission, Justice Dr Jane Mayemu Ansah has recently confirmed to speak during the high panel session on Democracy and Gender Equality, scheduled to hold during the 7th edition of South America – Africa – Middle East – Asia Women Summit (SAMEAWS) on December 11th, 2019 at the Madinat Jumeirah Resort, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The roundtable session is being put together by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development as a key highlight of the Centre’s flagship summit, the 7th South America – Africa – Middle East – Asia Women Summit (SAMEAWS). 

According to the CELD Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Mrs. Hannatu Adamu Fika, “… the Democracy and Gender Equality Roundtable Session will engage political parties, government bodies and institutions, and civil society organizations from across developing countries to identify reforms that would strengthen women’s participation in politics”. The session will also “explore harmful gender norms and realize norm change strategies to promote more equitable political systems and  women’s engagement in politics – as voters, representatives, fundraisers and community mobilisers”, Dr. Fika added.

“Justice Ansah’s consideration to speak in this high-level panel session stems from her track record of leadership and experience in electoral matters. We are optimistic that sharing her unique perspective on: Democracy and Gender Equality will inspire other women in across developing nations”, said Dr. Fika.

In an acceptance mail to CELD, Sammy Alfandika, Chief Elections Officer of the Malawi Electoral Umpire, conveyed Justice Ansah’s appreciation to the organization.

Justice Dr Jane Ansah holds a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham. She has over 30 years’ experience in the field of law. She was admitted to the bar in 1978 and went ahead to work in the Ministry of Justice. She was appointed High Court judge in 1997. She served as Attorney General between July 2006 and April 2011 and was conferred and decorated with the status of Senior Counsel in 2008. 

Justice Dr Jane Ansah; SC was appointed Judge to the Supreme Court 2011.  She has chaired forums of the African Union Meeting of Ministers of Justice, Attorney Generals and Government Experts from 2010 to 2012 as well serving as Deputy Chairperson of African Union Board on Corruption from 2008 to 2011.

The South America-Africa-Middle East-Asia Women Summit (SAMEAWS) is an unprecedented flagship summit aimed at bringing together the most influential and prominent women as well as key stakeholders from these regions, under one roof, to discuss the need to recognize and harness the untapped and profitable opportunities that women economic and political engagements represent. The Summit has proven to be the premier gathering of women and key stakeholders from South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia, with a record attendance of delegates from 35 countries in the maiden 2013 edition to date. The 2019 edition promises to be even bigger. More information on some of the highlights of this 2019 edition of the summit can be assessed on the summit website:

About Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD)

The Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD) is a nonprofit organization and the social development arm of the African Leadership magazine. The organization is in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC); with a core mandate to bring true and enduring empowerment to women at various levels, circumstances, cultures and tribes; whilst redefining the theory and practice of inclusive leadership and education for the youth in the various societies.

CELD believes in the power of women as powerful change agents in societies. This is important as women all over the world, and especially in emerging economies; are increasingly breaking stereotypes and contributing meaningfully to nation building and their local communities. It is this faith that we place in the collective abilities of women to move our world forward that has made our activities geared towards equipping women with the right tools form a very significant part of our activities at CELD. We also place our faith in the future of our young people, while committing to helping less privileged youths, orphans and vulnerable children pursue their sense of worth through educational empowerment and support schemes. 

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The Centre for Economic and Leadership Development has appointed Dr. Mrs. Hannatu Adamu Fika as its new Board Chairperson for a renewable term of two (2) calendar years.

Dr. Fika is currently the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board in Nigeria and a source of inspiration to women and young girls.

The formal investiture will take place on December 11th, 2019 during CELD’s 7th edition of the South America- Africa – Middle East – Asia Women Summit (SAMEAWS), at the Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai – United Arab Emirates. 

In a statement, the Executive Director of CELD, Mrs. Furo Giami, said “Dr. Fika’s wealth of experience in public service, her contributions to women empowerment, her accomplishments in impacting the lives of both women and men in Nigeria’s public service through efforts to ensure that the country’s public servants own their homes, are key requirements for the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development in realizing her set objectives to bring true and enduring empowerment to women at various levels, circumstances, cultures and tribes”.

“We are confident that she will drum up the needed support for the Centre and enhance existing efforts in promoting inclusive leadership and education for women and youths in the various societies in the developing nations, particularly in Nigeria”, Mrs. Giami added.

Dr. Fika started her working career as a Civil Servant in the State Civil Service. She was recruited as an Assistant Secretary, and rose steadily to become a Director before transferring her Service to the Federal Civil Service, in 1990, as a Deputy Director. In that capacity, she worked at the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation, moved on to the National Commission for Women Affairs, where she became an asset in the development of Policies that gave birth to the Better Life for Rural Women in Nigeria, the pet project of Her Excellency, Mrs. Maryam Babangida, under the Military regime of the 1980s. That Programme, became the first and one of the most impactful programmes that truly mobilized Nigerian women, towards achieving improved quality of life.

She became the Director/Secretary of the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board, where she rose to the position of the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Board in 2009. She took over the leadership of a Board that was almost moribund, with a record of giving Housing Loans to only 12,556. The number of public servants who have benefited from Housing Loans have risen to over 30, 212, under her watch.


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By Miracle Nwankwo

The participation of women in the political life of a country is very pivotal to its development. In light of this, the recently held Women in Politics dialogue forum, organized by Women in Management, Business and Public Service, WIMBIZ was targeted towards discussions that will promote the participation of women in politics in Nigeria.

Speaking at the event moderated by Kadaria Ahmed, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said that the country cannot achieve political dependence based on the rights of the Nigerian people to choose their leaders in a free and fair election without interference and imposition and yet argue for the imposition of quotas in elective offices.

The Speaker, who says he owes his political achievements to his mother who he said encouraged his participation in politics, established that he wants to be remembered as someone who contributed positively to the promotion of women courses in the political life of the country.

“My participation in politics is a legacy of my mother and I owe my achievements in this arena to her. Now, I am a father of daughters for whom I hold the highest ambitions.”

“At the end of my career in politics, it is my hope that I would have contributed constructively to the achievement of a society where my daughters and all our daughters can live up to their highest aspirations, freed from discrimination on the basis of their gender, and protected from the worst consequences of our patriarchal society,” he said.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani, represented by director in the ministry of women affairs and social development said that women must support each other in the course of political movements so as to get into the mainstream leadership circle and seat properly.

Hon. Gbajabiamila, went on to announce his intention to propose the creation of a special Women Victory Fund to support the next National Executive Committee meeting of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), this is to recruit more women who will contest elections on the platform of the party.

The forum which gathered together women with great interest in politics held on the 12 October 2019, at the prestigious Transcorp Hilton, Abuja Nigeria had other panel discussions on the sidelines.

WIMBIZ, a non-profit organisation started out resting on a sole vision; to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building. The organization which began 18 years ago, focused on having women in the private sector as well as business. However, there was need to have women in politics to push the course of women in every sphere. This idea did not sink until the kidnap of the Chibok girls which pushed the organization into women in politics. Launching out into politics, the organization had its first town hall meeting titled “Chibok and beyond” in 2014.

WIMBIZ is the first Nigerian NGO rated by NGO Advisor and ranked as 428 worldwide. It is also the only African/Nigerian affiliate partner and representative of the International Women Entrepreneurship Challenge (IWEC) Foundation.

Press Release: 28th September, 2019

A Zambian public servant was recently made Honorary Citizen of the State of Georgia, USA – the highest form of recognition for foreigners – for her outstanding contributions to women empowerment in public service and her country’s social sustainability. 

Dr. Elizabeth Lungu – Nkumbula who is the CEO of Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) in Zambia was bestowed with the honor in a ceremony on Saturday at the KSU Centre, Atlanta.

“The Honorary Citizenship affords her the courtesy as a Goodwill Ambassador of the State in her travels to other states, to nations beyond the borders of the United States of America…”, the statement from the Secretary of State of Georgia read.

Dr. Nkumbula started her career as a book keeper during her teenage days, and has held various strategic senior management positions in largest housing finance institution in Zambia, including a regional accountant, director banking operations and managing director, over the course of her career, before her appointment by the President of the Republic of Zambia as a Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer for Workers Compensation Fund Control Board, a Social Security Institution.

Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) is a statutory body established under the Workers Compensation Act No. 10 of 1999 to compensate workers that injure or contract diseases during the course of their employment and compensate their dependents in case of death. WCFCB administers a Fund from which compensation and operational expenses are defrayed. WCFCB has 27,000 employers that contribute to the Fund and has about 20,000 beneficiaries in its books. 

“I have also been encouraging the female staff at my office to upgrade their qualifications and have been supporting them accordingly. Once they attain the required qualification, l ensure that they promoted on merit to decision making positions”, said Dr. Nkumbula in an exclusive interview with Amazons Watch magazine, while recounting some of her accomplishments and contributions to women empowerment. 

“When l joined WCFCB there was one female branch manager, one female director and one female Head of department and that did not sit well with me. I had to call for their files and noted that most secretaries had good grades at high school. I then called for meetings for all female employees to encourage them to upgrade their qualifications. A number of them enrolled for a degree qualification at various universities and now WCFCB has 34 females in managerial positions. At director level there are three females out of four male directors”, Dr. Nkumbula also said. 

Dr. Nkumbula, who also provides mentorship for young women through various forums, has also ensured the implementation of a change management process at the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) that has improved the lives of the people and ensured social sustainability in Zambia.

The board and management of the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development, which facilitated Dr. Elizabeth Nkumbula’s nomination for the Georgia Honorary Citizenship, congratulate her on this conferment.

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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