We have captured about 40,000 women entrepreneurs in Borno State alone -AWEP
By Latifat Opoola | Publish Date: Aug 10 2017 2:00AM
Over 40,000 women entrepreneurs have been captured in Borno State by the African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) under its Nigerian Green Gold Project (ANGGP).
The project director, Ora Naomi Ataguba, stated this at the weekend during a meeting with the state coordinators.
The project, according to Ataguba, was aimed at collating data of Northern Nigerian women entrepreneurs, their basic information, what they did, what business groups they were in, their contacts, and their health status, where they were working from and so on.
My name is Oyinkansola Aderoba. I am part of the diaspora meaning that, I was born and raised in Tennessee, a state located in the southern region of the United States, by parents who were born and raised in Nigeria. That being said, I am in my final year of University where I am pursuing a degree in International Studies and Politics. My interaction with AWEP was incredibly unexpected. Continue reading “Message from Oyinkansola Aderoba, Website Designer and Social Media Director”
As the National coordinator of ANBWN, what do you think women entrepreneurs in Nigeria are lacking that pose as setbacks in regards to entrepreneurial development?
“Women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria are facing a lot of challenges which pose as setbacks in respect of entrepreneurial development. One of the major challenges is lack of access to credits or finance, due to non-possession of acceptable collateral. Women entrepreneurs experience gender divide as a result of patriarchal practices which place them in a subordinate position to their male counterparts. There is a deprivation over Property inheritance in most part of Nigeria and property we know, is a major indicator over financial acquisition through loans. It is true, and quite commendable though, that government is coming up with laws on collateral registries, but a lot still needs to be done in that field with respect to implementation. This is so, because the banks can still undermine the movable properties presented by the women entrepreneurs to aid their credit access. Continue reading “Interview with Barr. Nkiru Joy Okpala: National Coordinator of the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN)”
I got to known about AWEP as a member of YOWICAN. That night I didn’t sleep because of my desire to help. I started by coordinating my community associations that were from the grassroot. These community associations included church groups, market women association, and Federation of Muslim women association (FOMWA). Finally, I dropped a form in a business center in Lafia, were I direct all women entrepreneurs to go and photocopy as well as input their information. I could not believe what I saw within two weeks. Now, I am happy God used me to affect my people.
“You cannot capture without giving the women motivation.” Those words were like a rock that came in coalition with my head at the very first point of takeoff. After a few minor setbacks I ended up at Borno Agric village and with an amazingly hospitable reception, I was received by about 100 women leaders, president and staff of the Agric village. Continue reading “Update from Borno State Coordinator”
Question: As a CEO of your company and a woman entrepreneur, what kind of hope does the ANGGP give you and how can this benefit the women in Nigeria?
Mrs. Ajala’s Response: “For the first time, we have authentic data that we can plan with and it gives tremendous hope for the future. As a CEO, it gives me the opportunity to view women in similar enterprises that I will be able to contact and partner with. I can also see where intervention is necessary.”
I saw an advertisement for AWEP posted in a group that I am part of called Womenpreneur (Access bank W Community). I thought, “This looks interesting”, and I decided to call the Program Director, Ora Ataguba to find out what it was all about.
The ANGGP project is meagerly funded. We have thrived on volunteerism to achieve success in a society where this is not a common practice. We have over fifty coordinators and field officers sacrificing their time and resources that are volunteering with this project. From personal experiences, I have come to understand that volunteering is one of the most rewarding actions any individual can carry out.
I have volunteered almost all my life on numerous developmental projects in the sectors of education, women and youth development, food security etc. and I draw my inspiration from watching a projects come to life from the beginning and being able to participate in the story of change is indeed so gratifying.
What spurred you into this project, collating data for women entrepreneurs in the North?
“A grant was presented to us by the US embassy to do this. We applied for grant to train women entrepreneurs in agriculture, i.e African Women Entrepreneurship Programme (AWEP) Nigeria Green Gold Project. You know agriculture is green gold so that is where we started off. Due to some reasons, the US embassy said we should do this project of collating the data of women entrepreneurs in the North. So, we believe this can be a stepping stone to the training of women. We need to have the data to know that there are women to be trained in this area anyway.” Continue reading “Interview of Ora Ataguba, Vice President Southwest of AWEP Nigeria and the Project Director of ANGGP”