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GAIA, WiiN host special International Women’s Day dinner

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Tara Fela-Durotoye, Aminah Gbajabiamila and Tosin Durotoye

GAIA and Women Inspiring Impact Network (WiiN), founded by Towun Candide-Johnson and Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, recently hosted a special International Women’s Day (IWD) dinner aimed at stirring women to become personally accountable for creating a more balanced environment in business and in the corporate world.

The dinner, which took place at Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos, served as a wake-up call for women to play an active role to create the desired gender balance, in line with the global IWD 2019 theme, Balance For Better.

Panellists at the event were specifically selected to articulate as honestly as possible, how they have provided room for another woman to grow. They included Mo Abudu, Founder/ CEO Ebonylife TV; Kofo Akinkugbe, CEO Secure ID; Bidemi Zakariyau, CEO LSF PR; and Peace Hyde, Head of Digital Media and Partnerships, Forbes Africa.

During the panel discussion moderated by Tosin Durotoye, the panellists shared their personal experiences of creating opportunities for other women and touched on topics such as personal branding, speaking up, collaborating and much more. The panel discussion came to an end with an insightful speech from the special guest, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, who encouraged the women present to grow their network and master the art of collaboration to achieve multiplied results.

Panellists and special guest with Towun Candide-Johnson and Folashade Ambrose-Medebem


Every woman present at the event made individual promises on the “Commitment Wall” to lift other women up and bring them to the table, by impactfully leveraging their sphere of influence. Progress made with the promises written on the Commitment Wall will be monitored and evaluated throughout the course of the year.

For more information, please follow @gaiawomenclub and @womeninspiringinmpactnetwork

GAIA from Greek mythology, meaning “mother earth” is a members-only business and social club for women founded with the primary aim of encouraging women to connect on a deeper level. The vision of GAIA is to create a “third space” for women to network, put deals together, expand horizons or simply to distress and disconnect from a harried world.”

WiiN is established to enable growing women leaders discover their best self, focus on opportunities to achieve indelible impact and success. The vision of WiiN is to empower every woman to speak up with confidence and “WiiN” in her career, be it in business or the corporate world by being inspired, coached and mentored for success.


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