EVENT: Women CEOs Confirmed to Explore What it Takes for Women to Make it to the top of Corporate Africa

On October 13, 2021, a seismic event will take place in Africa: we will begin the journey of supporting every African woman to take on a new dream – climbing the corporate ladder to the number one spot.  Why is it that most discussions of African women in business are focused on small and medium-sized businesses?  We want to see African women dream big – why not earn the top spot in a large, complex organization?

In addition to revealing the names of the 50 women on the Definitive List of Women CEOs, we will feature two big discussions:

Beating the Odds will feature Harvard Business School’s Tony Mayo’s research on black women graduates of Harvard Business School who made it to the top spot. He will share what a study of these successful women tells us. Then, a panel of Women CEOs from the Definitive List of Women CEOs will react to Professor Mayo’s research by sharing their own journeys to the top of Corporate Africa, and commenting on what is similar to Corporate America, and what it takes for women to get to the top in Corporate Africa.  Finally, we will explore the surprising role that stock exchanges are playing worldwide in advocating for women in big business.

Confirmed speakers include:

Finally, we will explore the surprising role that stock exchanges are playing worldwide in advocating for women in big business

Presentation: Beating the Odds

  • Harvard Business School Professor – Tony Mayo


Panel Discussion: What does it take for women to make it to the Top of Corporate Africa?

  • Google West Africa Director – Juliet Ehimuan
  • Standard Bank Namibia CEO – Mercia Geises
  • East Africa Breweries Group Managing Director – Jane Karuku
  • BP Southern Africa CEO – Taelo Mojapelo
  • Old Mutual Managing Director Corporate – Prabashini Moodley
  • Moderated by: Teresa Clarke, Chair & Executive Editor,

Panel Discussion: The surprising role that stock exchanges are playing as advocates for women’s leadership – leading the charge in gender lens investing

  • Johannesburg Stock Exchange Chairman – Nonkululeko Nyembezi
  • Nigerian Stock Exchange CEO – Temi Popoola, CFA
  • McKinsey Nigeria Partner – Mayowa Kuyoro
  • Women Corporate Directors (USA) CEO – Susan Keating
  • Moderated by: Lerato Mbhele, BBC journalist and broadcast host of African Business Report

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DRC: Over 1,200 civilians killed in two provinces this year- UN report

More than 1,200 civilians have been killed in the restive DR Congo provinces of Ituri and North Kivu so far this year and millions of people now need humanitarian aid in the eastern region, the UN refugee agency said Friday.

Democratic Republic of Congo authorities declared a state of siege in May, an exceptional measure aimed at ending the reign of terror by armed groups operating in the region, most notably the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a group linked to the so-called Islamic State.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its partners, recorded “more than 1,200 civilian deaths and 1,100 rapes this year” in the two most affected provinces of North Kivu and Ituri, UN refugee agency spokesman Boris Cheshirkov told reporters in Geneva

Last weekend rebels shot or hacked to death at least 30 people in a new massacre in Ituri, UN sources said Monday.

Members of civil society blamed the killings on the ADF, considered the deadliest of scores of armed militias that roam the mineral-rich eastern DR Congo.

The UNHCR has “recorded 25,000 human rights abuses this year. In total, more than a million Congolese have been internally displaced in the east of the country in 2021,” Cheshirkov said Friday.

The UN agency also highlighted the need for a steep increase in humanitarian funding for the area.

“Less than four months from the end of the year, we have received just 51 per cent of the US$205 million required in 2021 for the operation in DRC.”

According to the Kivu Security Tracker (KST), a respected US-based monitor of violence in the region, the ADF has killed 642 people in Ituri and North Kivu since January.

Congolese Nobel laureate Denis Mukwege on Friday called for an international criminal court for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), whose eastern provinces have been wracked by armed groups for a quarter of a century.

In a statement issued in the runup to the annual UN General Assembly in New York, Mukwege said impunity for brutal crimes was entrenched and local people lived “in fear and horror.”

Despite the regional state of siege imposed in May, “the security situation in these provinces does not seem to be improving,” said Mukwege, a gynecologist based in the eastern DRC.

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Nigeria flags off world breastfeeding week, calls for promotion of exclusive breastfeeding in the country

As the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) celebration kicks off, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire has urged Nigerians to become advocates of exclusive breastfeeding and support mothers to practice optimal breastfeeding for the good of the great Nation.

The Minister, represented by Dr Salma Anas Kolo at the flag-off ceremony in Abuja on 02 August 2021  said that this year’s  edition of WBW with the global theme Protect Breastfeeding: a Shared Responsibility, is an opportunity for, “all political leaders, policymakers, legislators, women, men, religious leaders, families, communities, workplaces, the private sector, individuals and indeed every Nigerian to take responsibility and join hands to raise awareness on the huge benefits of breastfeeding.”

The minister’s speech reiterated Nigeria’s commitment towards supporting exclusive breastfeeding in the country, noting that, “the Federal Ministry of Health remains committed to support, protect and promote breastfeeding as a veritable means towards the eradication of childhood malnutrition in all its forms.

The Ministry seizes this opportunity to recommend once again, early initiation of breastfeeding within the first one hour of birth; exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding for up to two years of age or beyond while ensuring the implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes as globally recommended.”
Globally, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding for infants under six months of age is 40%. In Africa, nearly 70% of countries have high rates of continued breastfeeding at one year, compared to 28.7% in Nigeria.

The Federal Ministry of Health remains committed to support, protect and promote breastfeeding as a veritable means towards eradication of childhood malnutrition in all its forms

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every 01 to 07 of August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. The history of this week-long commemoration dates to the 1990’s, when the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) created the Innocenti Declaration to promote and support breastfeeding.

Also, at the commemorative event, the WHO Country Representative Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, who was represented by Dr Joy Ufere, Technical officer Child and Adolescent age mentioned that,

“This year’s World Breastfeeding Week is a time to revisit the commitments to prioritizing breastfeeding-friendly environments for mothers and babies.

Therefore, we urge the government to increase funding to reach the 2025 World Health Assembly target of raising the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months to at least 50 percent.”

Highlights of the event were the recognition and encouragement for more public and private organizations to promote exclusive breastfeeding. In this regard,  Niger Delta Power Holding Company, the Nigeria Communications Commission, General Hospital Asokoro, Federal Ministry of Finance, and Federal Capital Administration were duly acknowledged for establishing facilities that promote exclusive breastfeeding in their facilities.

Other partners present affirmed the right of every child to be breastfed and reiterated that fact that it. It is not just the responsibility of the mother but rather a shared responsibility. In separate speeches, partners called for extensive support of the zero-water campaign and added that while tradition may argue that a child needs water, all the quantity needed is contained in the mother’s breast milk.


The flag-off also provided the opportunity to launch the National Guidelines on baby-friendly initiatives in Nigeria developed by the Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with relevant Multi-stakeholders promoting child survival.

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NBC Bans ‘Ponzi Scheme’ Adverts on Ibadan Radio Stations

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has banned Ponzi scheme jingles and other related money-making investment advertisement on radio stations in Ibadan.

This development is as a result of citizens’ allegations on radio stations promoting the scheme, and the recent arrest of one of the classic Ponzi scheme investment owner.


The citizens said they were persuaded to invest after listening to jingles and weekly radio programme aired by some radio stations but was defrauded.

In a letter from NBC to the chief executive officer of all radio stations in Ibadan sighted by ADM, it described the recent occurrence as worrisome and concerning.

The National Broadcasting Commission is a parastatal of the Federal Government of Nigeria established by Section 1 of the National Broadcasting Commission Act, Cap. NII, laws of the Federation, 2004 and vested with the responsibilities of, amongst other things, regulating and controlling the broadcasting Industry in Nigeria.

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