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Day of Girl child: Joke Silva, Uche Pedro, others empower schoolgirls


In commemoration of the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl-child, Mademoiselle Foundation, in partnership with University of Lagos, hosted over 1000 girls at the Colour Your Future event, aimed at empowering them to be self-dependent.

For many secondary school girls, who attended the event, it was a moment of self-discovery for them, as they rally around the screen divas for inspiration.

One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of the “Role Model of The Year (2017) Awards” to notable personalities selected from different fields of endeavours spanning Entertainment and Social Entrepreneurship.


This year’s Awardees include Mrs. Joke Silva, Mrs. Toun Okewale Sonaiya (MD/CEO of Wfm), Mrs. Uche Pedro of Bella Naija, Mrs. Ariyike Akinbobola- TV Presenter and the Author of The Cost of Our Lives; and Ms. Adekunbi Adeoye, CEO of Sesewa Nigeria. The Awards were presented to them in recognition of the positive impact and influence they have on young girls and their general contributions to girl mentoring.

The programme also featured the Young Female CEO session, where ladies in their twenties were engaged in an intellectual conversation driven to inspire the participants on choosing the right career paths, understanding their unique personalities and keeping focus to reach their desired heights.

During the discussion session, the girls were also encouraged to concentrate on their studies and come out with excellent grades beyond seeking to follow their passion. The young CEOs featured in this session were: Sarah Sanni, CEO, Cera Cerni Wall Mural Services, Anthony Teju Tobun, CEO of Makeover By Teju, Busayo Ladapo, CEO, Dynamite Hair Collection, Kikelomo Woleosho, CEO, Red 19 Photography, Doyinsola Ogunye, Founder, Kids Clean Club/Kids Beach Garden and Pat Obilor- OAP and Founder, Mogulettes Africa.

Also, Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Lagos, Professor A. Adekunle, being the Chairman of the occasion charged participants to consider a career in the field of Science, highlighting the numerous opportunities attached therein.

The Presentation on “Teens Making A Difference” delivered by Poise Nigeria, challenged the girls to dream big, believe in themselves and thrive for success in their future endeavours, while making contributions in their communities.

The founder Mademoiselle Foundation/Mademoiselle Finishing School, Adetoun Akitoye, hopes that the event becomes a yearly programme.

“It will encourage more girls to be self-dependent, think of their future ahead, stay focused, make the right decisions in choosing their career paths and help them to become emotionally stable, impacting their worlds, starting from their immediate communities.”

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