By Elizabeth Uwandu
The beauty and joy of see-ing women exchange banter, discuss business and network filled the air at Rite Foods Limited’s Foods, drinks and her event held at the Ball Room, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island last weekend.
The gathering which saw women – both young and old in entrepreneurship – share their experiences, challenges, and success stories in what is perceived as a male-dominated world, had in attendance students from various institutions, youths, men and women, including children.
According to Mr Seleem Adegunwa, MD, Rite Foods Limited, the event which had over 2000 participants, 35 exhibitors and panel discussions on gender balance; the future of food industry in Nigeria, and the need for mentoring and collaboration amongst women; was aimed at gathering and celebrating women who have blazed the trail in becoming success stories to tell their stories and at the same time serve as sources of hope and inspiration to others.
Adegunwa reiterated that empowering women has a great economic impact on a nation’s growth and development. “Many societies still have a long way to go in the appreciation of women empowerment and the impact on society. It cannot be over emphasized that what women teach has a positive impact and where they fail to teach results in a negative impact on the society, the country and generations at large.
“Of course, as a food and beverage company, it was natural that our thoughts gravitated towards the idea of recognising, celebrating and ultimately, empowering female food and drinks entrepreneurs by providing a platform where they can showcase their entrepreneurial spirit, network among themselves for positive alignments for future successes and most importantly, have fun while doing it. That is why it is heart lifting for me, seeing this hall filled with a fine mix of established names and fast-rising female entrepreneurs, all set and ready to unleash. We do hope that dreams come true for you all.”
Continuing, he added: “I thank the panelists who selflessly attended this event, to share from their wealth of knowledge and personal experiences. I am certain; many here will get new information for the next step in their business.
” This March edition with the theme: Food, Drinks & Her, is first of its kind in the industry and done in celebration of 2019 International Women’s Day, tagged: Balance for Better, is not just about exhibiting products and services, buying, selling and talking business; it is about having fun as well because at the heart of empowerment of women is also the need for women to enjoy a support system,” the CEO stated.
The panelists included Pharmacist Mercy Obiakor, CEO, Naturelle Cocktails and Cuisine; Nancy Nnadi, Author & motivational speaker; Uganze Ude Kalu, Restaurant visibility builder and Lawyer; Monsunmola Akinwamide, CEO, IPC events; Mrs Kemi Akintilo, 2018/2019 president, the Inner Wheel Club, Gbagada, D911, Nigeria and Mrs Tairat Tijani, TBA services.