WOMEN IN AIRTEL COMMENDED FOR COURAGE,
…As telco marks International Women’s Day in Style
Lagos, Nigeria; Wednesday, 8 th March, 2017: Female employees of leading
telecommunication services provider, Airtel Nigeria, have been commended for their
boldness, courage and for leading innovation in the telecoms industry.
A high profile panel comprising exceptional Nigerian women, who are leaders and
pioneers in their various fields of specialization, gave this commendation at a
colourful event organised by Airtel Nigeria to mark the International Women’s Day,
yesterday in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Specifically, Airtel Nigeria was commended for maintaining a firm stance as an equal
opportunity employer, offering an abundance of opportunities for exceptional
Nigerian women to lead key functions such as customer service, finance, mobile
money, enterprise division and other operations within the telco.
Chairman of First Bank Nigeria Plc, Ibukun Awosika, while commending women in
Airtel Nigeria also used the platform to encourage them to continue learning and to
invest in themselves; break away from the normal and be bold for change.
“There is too much pampering and lying to the womenfolk and this is bad because it
never helps. As a woman, you must build yourself and cultivate a culture of
continuous knowledge acquisition. This will help you have the boldness to be the
best of you,” Awosika said.
Speaking earlier at the event, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel
Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, noted that women are very influential in the home, the
workplace and all aspects of life. He urged women to strive for excellence in all their
“Every woman has a rod in her hand. This rod could be a pen, qualification, network,
disposition; whatever it is, women should use the rod in their hands to create value
At the Airtel International Women’s Day event, CEO, Fine & Country, Udo Okonjo,
spoke to the theme of the year, Be Bold for Change. She urged women to strive for
financial education and empowerment in other to be contributory members of the
Renowned marriage and relationship expert, Funke Felix Adejumo, highlighted on
the need for women to have good understanding and a beautiful countenance.
“Women need to understand themselves, believe in themselves and strive to be
happy irrespective of the difficulties they go through. They must also learn to be
financially independent, make an impact on our world and ensure they leave a
legacy for their children”.
Other distinguished speakers at the Airtel International Women’s Day event included
Professor of Gynaecology, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Abosede
Afolabi who spoke on women and their body; Fashion and style expert, Veronica
Odeka and award winning make-up artist, Joyce Jacob.
The Airtel International Women’s Day celebration, which held on March 8, 2017 at
the Airtel headquarters, is part of the telco’s commitment to supporting and
celebrating women who play a very important role in the society.
The celebration provided an avenue for Airtel female employees to come together
and discuss various topics that relate to them in their personal as well as
professional lives. The celebration, which also served as an avenue for mentorship
gave employees the opportunity to relate with veterans in various fields.
The International Women’s Day, which is marked annually on 8 th of March, is a global
day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
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