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President IWS Nigeria, Nkoli Ogbolu

The Hungarian embassy in Nigeria will begin training of uneducated women in the country from September this year.

Speaking during the maiden edition of Twins Festival in Nigeria in conjunction with Nigerian chapter of the International Women Society (IWS) in Lagos, Commercial Counsellor, Lagos Trade Office, Embassy of Hungary, Agota Horvath said the festival was a welcome development that could foster stronger trade ties between Hungary and Nigeria.

The event showcased Nigerian twins from different works of life and beautiful Nigerian arts in fabrics, as they displayed different colourful made in Nigeria Ankara, Aso Oke, and Tie and Die designs.

According to her, the initiative was a laudable one given the history of the IWS and it’s commitment to the development of the competencies of its members.

Her words: “I have seen what IWS did with the decorations and the development of competencies of its members and I think we can work together in it especially when we have a joint art project like some durable art pieces we would make using Nigerian textile materials.

“Our plan is that from September, we would start common educational programme, which would further develop the competencies of Nigerian women who are not educated. This is because some of them ne entrepreneurial knowledge to manage their capital.”

In her remarks, 62nd President, International IWS Nigeria, Nkoli Ogbolu said the initiative was pioneered to gather support for indigent twins, as twins are mostly disenfranchised, especially as children.

She said: “We discovered that most parents who have twins are not so well endowed and so what happens most times is that one twin is being looked after and the other twin is disenfranchised especially when they are fraternal twins.

“The boy would be sent to school and the girl would be at home taking care of the house and at the end of the day when they grow up, there would be siblings rivalry. This already exist with siblings who are not even twins, imagine twins that believe they should have equal opportunity and rights.”

Speaking further, she noted that the IWS has plans to identify indigent twins, whose parents were not able to send to school and sponsor them in public schools.


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