History was made at the maiden edition of the ELOYConference. The ELOYConference took place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The event kicked off with an opening prayer led by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo. The theme of the conference was “Empower Her to Sustain Her”.
The convener of the event, Mrs Tewa Onasanya welcomed the attendees and encouraged them to push themselves harder and always know that they can achieve everything they set out to do. Dr. (Mrs) Ifeyinwa Ukaegbu, representing the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals,Her Excellency,Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefuleri delivered the keynote speech where she spoke about how important women empowerment is and the benefits of gender equality.
Also delivering a goodwill note on behalf of the Lagos State Governor, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, Solape Hammond relayed the governor’s support. In addition, she mentioned various ways by which the Lagos state government is empowering women.
Speaking on the first panel were Solape Hammond, Ini Abimbola, Yinka Fisher and Tale Alimi where they discussed ‘The Importance of Sustaining Women Empowerment’. This panel was moderated by Mrs Tewa Onasanya.
The second panel featured Ommo Clark, Lola Ekugo, Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi, Jones Bassey and Layole Oyatogun as the moderator; they discussed the panel topic “Using Technology and Digital Media to your advantage”.
Samantha Turner-Girard, Damilola Owolabi, Olori Ajayi and Eno Essien were panellists for the third panel and their topic focused on “Habits of Successful Business owners” which was moderated by Tokunbo Chiedu
The fourth panel with the topic “Becoming Aware of Unconscious Gender Bias” had Kamil Owofolajo, Charles O’Tudor and Charles Odii in discussion with moderator Toyosi Etim-Effiong.
The final panellists were Mary Akpobome, Fatima Olajumoke, Lucky Idike, Chris Oputa, Teju Abisoye and was moderated by Lehle Bahle. They dissected “How to Access Finance for a Business – Determining your company’s financial needs”.
Janet Adetu held the first master class where she focused on the importance of etiquettes as an individual which transcends to a business.Abiola Adediran’s master class emphasized why there should be a definite structure in every business.
Ivie Temitayo-Ibitoye took the master class on “Sustaining your Workforce” where she implored all business owners to pay attention to their employees.
Charles O’Tudor’s master class tagged, “Branding and advertising that works” suggested ways to successful branding and advertising experience in the final masterclass.
The highlight of the conference was the business pitch competition where 6 finalists were thoroughly drilled by the judges. They commended their business ideas which encouraged Mrs Mary Akpobome to offer a sum of 250,000 Naira each to all six finalists. In addition, Engr. Chris Oputa promised one of the finalists a life-changing business opportunity. This also encouraged Charles O’Tudor to offer them intensive 3 months of branding services. Michael Musa of Africa Business Radio with media presence in over 35 countries pledged to support the finalists with free media publicity for their brands.
Mrs Tewa Onasanya mentioned that the winner of the grant of 1 million Naira will be announced on the awards night and ascertained that the ELOY team is ready to ensure that whoever wins the money will be strictly monitored for proper management and of the funds.
USING TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL MEDIA TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.
The 1st Annual ELOY Conference is a part of the initiative of the ELOY Awards Foundation. The ELOY Conference is being used as a platform to educate and empower thousands of women. The ELOY Awards Foundation is about empowering and challenging thousands of women to be more and do more by providing access to resources, business skills and tools for them to be able to grow, transform and sustain their businesses, which will, in turn, benefit their families and the community at large.
50 women will also be chosen to be part of the ELOY Awards Foundation Sustainable Empowerment Program (SEP). This gives them access to Six months mentorship, training and affordable finance. The ELOY Awards Foundation is about empowering and challenging thousands of women to be more and do more by providing access to resources, business skills and tools for them to be able to grow, transform and sustain their businesses, which will, in turn, benefit their families and the community at large.
This year’s edition is themed; “Empower her to Sustain her”.
The ELOY Conference will take place on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at The Muson Center, Lagos.
Meet our panellists who would be speaking on the topic; “Using Technology and Digital Media to your Advantage”.
Ommo Clark is the Founder / CEO of iBez, a software development and training company that builds technology platforms to solve local and business problems and seeks to close the digital/software development skills gaps in under-served communities. She designed the online platforms Handy-Jacks, www.handy-jacks.com that connects skilled trade workers in the informal sector to clients and new markets and Lets-Share, www.lets-share.com.ng (due to be launched Q4 2019) for accommodation seekers to find spare bedrooms to rent in a home/flat share.
Before iBez, Ommo worked with an International Trade firm in Lagos as Chief Operating Officer, Soft Solutions Ltd (Enterpriseware), Lagos as
Head of Projects Delivery & Support, the Icelandic Investment Bank, Kaupthing, Singer & Friedlander, London, UK as Project Manager, the Investment Bank Lehman Brothers UK as a Team Leader in the Mortgage Capital Division and Real Asset Management UK (a software house) as Application Support
She was nominated by the Institute of Attitudinal Change Managers for its Role Model Award known as Honorary Fellow in August 2019, listed by Lionesses of Africa in 2018 as one of 21 female Technology / Digital game-changers on the African Continent, by Naij.com in 2017 as one of 21 most inspiring women entrepreneurs in Nigeria, by the Lionesses of Africa in 2016 as one of 41 Nigerian Female Entrepreneurs putting Nigeria on the global map and by Ynaija as the 48th most innovative person in Technology in Nigeria – Class of 2015.
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho is a seasoned Information Technology professional with over 15years of industry experience in Africa’s largest emerging economy. Her love for technology is ignited by a deep purpose-bridging the digital divide and transforming Nigeria and Africa by harnessing the benefits of digital.
She serves as the CEO of FutureSoftware Resources Ltd.
(Futuresoft), a full service digital & technology solutions company, providing a broad range of business solutions for the scaling African enterprise, to consistently attract and retain its target audience. Futuresoft has over 10 years of experience in designing and managing digital properties and online activities of businesses across various industries.
Futuresoft has serviced over 150 clients across 20 industries and has trained over 750 CEOs and executives in Digital Marketing & Social Media Marketing through a series of training, as Nkemdilim believes that Digital is the key to unlocking Africa’s potential. Under her leadership, the company has been positioned as one of Nigeria’s leading IT &Digital Solution Providers.
Jones Bassey has over 13 year’s brand and communications management experience working at Insight Publicis with Client’s from different sectors in and out of Nigeria. His background spans across various brands including; PepsiCo, Nokia, Emirates, Visa, Porsche, Emzor, Swipha, Jagal, Heineken, Seven-Up Bottling Company, AXA and Palton Morgan. In the last 3 years he has been supporting local bottling giants Seven-Up, in sustaining double digit volume growth YoY to drive business growth across its key beverage portfolio. Jones Bassey has led award-winning campaigns for brand Pepsi in Nigeria, the most notable being the WARC prize for effective social media strategy and most innovative brand on twitter
for “Long throat Campaign” both in 2017.
Jones believes very much that brands exist to solve social problems. The ability of any brand to grow its market share is a function of how much trust the community places on that brand. This has been his approach to developing integrated campaigns for Client in Nigeria.
Jones is an MBA holder and an alumnus of the famous Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun-Nigeria. He is also a full member of the Project Management Institute.
Lola is currently the Head of the Digital Innovation Labs at FirstBank Nigeria, and is at the forefront of the Bank’s Digital transformation journey through innovation and technology. She is transforming the bank through accelerating the digital journey, Fintech start-up collaborations and innovating on solutions to real-life industry challenges.
Lola is a first-class graduate of Business Information Systems at Middlesex University with scholarship for outstanding academic performance and an alumnus of Imperial College Business School. She started her career as a software developer over 13 years ago in the financial services sector and worked in the Corporate sector across Europe and Africa with various companies including Investec, BNP Paribas, and Commerzbank. In 2010, she received a Portfolio Restructuring Unit Excellence award at Commerzbank for her contribution towards the largest ever CDS auction.
Lola has founded two startups, including Transthat.com, a peer to peer logistics platform and serves on the Tech Committee of WimBiz, the Digital Transformation Committee of JA Nigeria. She is also involved in initiatives to boost tech entrepreneurship and develop the STEM agenda across the continent. Lola has travelled to over 30 countries and is very passionate about the value of efficient utilisation of innovative technologies across different sectors and the world at large.
Oreoluwa Lesi is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC). W.TEC is a Nigerian non-profit organisation committed to building a more inclusive technology ecosystem, with the next generation of women as technology creators, entrepreneurs and leaders. Over recent years, our work has expanded to explore how technology can improve learning outcomes and better integrate students with developmental disabilities and special needs, such as Autism and Down’s syndrome.
Through her work at W.TEC, she has designed high-quality programming for 27,000 girls and
Women – including camps, after school clubs and workshops. Through these programmes, they have learnt to create technology – including applications, games, websites, short films and other digital content and use technology safely and productively.
Her Network Technology Woman of the Year 2018, Leading Ladies Africa’s 2018 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria, SME100’s 100 Most Innovative Female-Owned Businesses in Nigeria for 2017, one of YNaija!’s Top 100 Young People in Technology of 2016 and 2014, one of New African Woman Magazine’s Top African Women in Technology in 2014 and with a 2014 ‘Chosen Youth’ Leadership Award from LaRoche Foundation.
Layole Oyatogun is a Media Personality, Actress and a seasoned compere, A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, she started her career co-presenting an entertainment show called ‘Star Dust’ with her younger sister on MITV. She moved on to Silverbird Television where she worked for seven years. While at Silverbird TV, she conceptualized, anchored and produced the Cadbury Breakfast TV show, Page 3, MBGN Diary, and numerous documentaries, promos and fillers.
Layole is also loved for adding value with her go- to pronunciation tutorial videos titled ‘Learn With Layole’ on Instagram
Layole has featured in the following movies 30 Days by Ego Boyo and Mildred Okwo, Damage, Unconditional by Uche Jombo, Mrs and Mrs Johnson, U-Turn by Grace Oboba, Trapped, The Inn, Along Bothering Lines and many more movies.
Layole is also a seasoned Red-carpet host, with stints at the red carpet of various Fashion weeks both home and abroad, including; Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Joburg, Pretoria, and New York. Arise Fashion Week Nigeria, Lagos Fashion and Design Week, Africa Movie Academy Awards AMAA, She was the only red carpet host at the inaugural ball of President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice-President Namani Sambo in Aso-rock.
She has also hosted events such as Africa International Fashion Week, Nigeria’s Next Super Model, Denizz Fashion Show, City People Awards for Excellence, Africa Fashion Week Nigeria, Luxury Beauty Brunch, Ethan and Harriet Product Launch, ELOY Awards, Green October Event, Advertisers Association of Nigeria Awards (ADVAN) Weddings and many more.
Layole was nominated at the 2012 Nigerian Broadcasters Award in the category Most promising and young presenter of the year also at the 2013 Eloy awards in the Female Tv presenter of the year category and the Most stylish female celebrity at Lamode Green October Event 2019
Layole has now established her Production company, Layole Oyatogun Productions for fashion-related Tv shows and Movies, she’s set to take over the world with interesting and captivating content.