Our entrepreneurship development efforts over the years have led us to the conclusion that the issue of women socio-economic inclusion and empowerment are crucial to accelerating our development as a nation. For ages the Nigerian woman has been disenfranchised through traditional and cultural barriers, religious impediments, educationally disadvantaged, low accessibility to finance owing to lack of collateral ownership, as well as gender disparity in leadership positions.

While the Government and society has made giant stride towards alleviating these challenges, we feel the Nigeria woman can enhance her economic wellbeing for its obvious advantages through gradual and persuasive approach rather than confrontational approach. Most importantly through organized efforts in all aspects of our lives.

This is why Nigeria Entrepreneurs Forum is partnering with the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT). OWIT Nigeria is an active women organization that focuses on trade and business at local and international levels as strategy for women empowerment and social recognition.

MoU Signing Ceremony

NEF President, Sidney E. Inegbedion,Ph.D  and OWIT Nigeria President, Blessing Irabor, signing MoU.

Her Excellency, Amb. Mariam Y. Katagum, Honourable
Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment,
represented by Mr Paul Opaluwa, Deputy Director of Micro, Small and Medium
Scale Enterprises (MSMEs). NEF President, Sidney E. Inegbedion,Ph.D  and OWIT Nigeria President, Blessing Irabor

Opening Address by NEF President, Sidney E. Inegbedion, Ph.D  @ the MoU signing ceremony.

Media @ MoU signing ceremony

Opening Address by OWIT Nigeria President, Blessing Irabor,  @ the MoU signing ceremony.

Among our areas of collaboration are Joint training and capacity building for women. Research, funding for women owned enterprises as well as policy advocacy.

The advantages accruable to both NEF and OWIT are:

  • Joint implementation of women related projects utilizing Internationally sourced funds
  • Data and Information sharing
  • Ready platform for programme deployment among others.

Of great importance in the partnership would be working with OWIT Nigeria to champion the leadership role in the African Continental Free Trade Area which commenced in January 2021.

At Nigeria Entrepreneurs Forum we believe our women owned businesses should play leadership roles in the Export of our fashion and garment, as well as in the provision of related services. We also believe the export opportunities provided by the African Growth and Opportunities Acts (AGOA) of the USA has not been adequately harnessed. OWIT Nigeria shall serve as a veritable platform to harnessing these opportunities.