Thursday, 28th September 2023

Business Women Hub hosts conference, targets over 500 entrepreneurs

By Kehinde Olatunji
29 March 2023   |   2:48 am
To support female entrepreneurs and business leaders, Business Women Hub (BWH) will hold a conference in Lagos on March 30 and 31 that will focus on digital innovation and technology.

To support female entrepreneurs and business leaders, Business Women Hub (BWH) will hold a conference in Lagos on March 30 and 31 that will focus on digital innovation and technology.

The conference organised by BWH, is a platform dedicated to the growth of female-owned businesses via sales and marketing training, general business workshops, and financial sourcing for businesses in Africa, especially within their first five years of existence.

Tagged: ‘Expanding HEReconomics Using Digital Innovation and Technology,’ the conference would begin with online sensitisation (Instagram live session) on March 30, while the conference and exhibition would take place the next day.

CEO of American Business Council, Nigeria, Margaret Olele and chairman/publisher, The Sun Nigeria, Neya Kalu will deliver the keynote address, while first lady of Lagos State, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu is the special guest of honour and guest speaker.

“Topics of discussion will be on the need to expand processes through innovation and technology in the business sector, how to become relevant in your business niche, as well as ways to provide top-notch services.

“The event is set to host over 500 entrepreneurs, exploring bespoke networking opportunities, learnings, and transactions through the extensive range of discussions, receptions, inauguration ceremony and a dedicated exhibition area to gain the most traction for your business and brand,” BWH said.

The conference will host 16 speakers including Director, informal sector and special duties, Lagos Island Revenue Service (LIRS), Folashade Coker; Special Assistant to the executive governor of Akwa Ibom State on entrepreneurial development Meflyn Anwana; Actress/producer and girl child activist Ini Edo; founder, Business Women Hub/managing partner, Thinkmint Nigeria, Imelda Usoro Olaoye and Head, corporate finance and venture capital, Emerging Africa Group Toni Sanni.

Others are Head, SME digital product, Sterling Bank, Bolanle Tyson; Strategy and transformation professional, Caladium Consulting, Ayo Bankole Akintujoye; CEO, Koboaccountant, Ubong Ita; Head, digital services, BusinessDay Media, Linda Ochugbua; CEO, Pillar Craft Consulting and founder, USAWA accounting, Olubayode Agbi; Programmes coordinator, operations and alumni engagement, Google, Asekun Oluwatobi; Tax partner, KPMG, Nike James; founder, PR Fusion, Blessing E. Macauley and CEO, Z-Edge Consulting, Kikelomo Atanda Owo.

He read out relevant aspects to the judicial guidelines, saying: “your route to verdict ” is that they -jurors-are satisfied that there is a conspiracy between two or more of the defendants” to facilitate and bring David to the UK and “offered reward in exchange for donating” his kidney.

He went further and explained the two elements of the charge to them, emphasising that the conspiracy doesn’t have to involve all the four defendants, “if they’ve agreed with at least one other person” for the same purpose of offering compensation to Nwamini for donating their kidney.

The judge also noted that “the agreement do not have to be with a defendant. It can be with Diwe or David Nwamini” himself or with anyone not part of the trial.

On Monday when they were sent out, the judge told them “when you reach unanimous verdicts on each of the defendants, you’ll then come back.”
ond time in February of last year to thank him for wanting to donate his kidney to her, an agitated Mrs. Ekweremadu responded and told the prosecutor, “if it – the meeting- did not happen, let me not reach my house when I’m going home.”

The prosecution will start their closing speech today. Earlier in the testimony, Patterson, in trying to establish the prosecution’s conspiracy, cited a November 1st 2021 message that her former Deputy Senate President husband had forwarded to her. She then asked Mrs Ekweremadu “what do you think that message- about cost of hotel accommodation- was about?” Ekweremadu told her: ”it’s self explanatory,” and that it was about “people coming up to be tested “ to determine if they matched Sonia’s situation.

When the junior prosecutor said it was payment and reward, the Senator’s wife disagreed. According to her: ”somebody coming to help you should not use their money.” When asked why she responded to her husband’s message, she told the barrister, “I didn’t know it would come to this.” Patterson continued and also asked “why didn’t you ask what the payment was about?”

Mrs Ekweremadu, whose three other children were watching from the public gallery -and Sonia in the dock – responded and said “I trust his sense of judgment. My husband is a good man and I’ve come to trust him.”