Dominate your environment, Just Us Girls Conference inspires women
Relationship coach and convener, Just Us Girls Global Network, Mildred Okonkwo, has said that women must take responsibility for their lives and not wait for the government or anyone to get things done for them.
She made the call during the 14th Just Us Girls Conference held in Lagos.
According to the wife of the founder of David’s Christian Centre (DCC), Kingsley Okonkwo, the yearly conference was aimed at instilling hope in women and inspiring them to be better versions of themselves.
The programme, which was held with the theme, Bloom, from September 16 to 18, 2022, encouraged women to dominate wherever they are planted.
The conference saw women, both young and old, gather from all walks of life at the Island and Mainland Centres of the church in Lagos. The second day of the event was dedicated to panel sessions, games, networking and more.
Okonkwo said: “This is our 14th year of doing this conference and one of my motivations is that I want women to be better. I think that they need a place to relax, be re-fired and energised. One of our major desires, when we do these conferences, is to build friendships and give hope.
“For a long time, there has been a certain narrative that women cannot develop genuine friendships among themselves. For us, we are showing that some of your best friends can be women. We can grow together; we can do life together and we can win together. We also bring other women who are doing great things to inspire them”.
On the impact of the conference, Okonkwo disclosed that she has seen women who attend the conferences grow over the years.
“Women have developed a greater hunger for life and for excellence in their lives. They are determined to do better. It’s also a time when they are not thinking about anything but themselves even if it’s just for a few hours. I have seen women evolve to become more beautiful versions of themselves. This conference is about the total well-being of a woman, her spirit, soul and her body,” she added.
Speaking on women’s situation in Nigeria and society’s responses to them, she said: “I am at the point where I think women should take responsibility for their lives. We have been waiting for the government to do something for so long and I am not sure about how much has been done. But the truth is that if you don’t take responsibility for your life, nothing is going to happen; you will sit around and be crying. So, that is one of the reasons we do this conference; to challenge women to go out and be the best they can.”