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Buhari, Osinbajo’s Wives Enter Women Empowerment Pact with Tony Elumelu

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An exhibition on Nigerian Women in Export was held in Abuja recently where Frontline  African business mogul and philanthropist, Tony O. Elumelu CON joined the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo in signing a Call-To-Action through partnership with The Tony Elumelu Foundation and Africa’s global bank, UBA, to drive up the statistics of female participation in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme from 70:30 (male/female) representation in 2016 to 60:40 in 2017 and 50:50 by the year 2020.
Themed ‘Achieving Zero Oil Growth Through Women Inclusiveness in Global Export Trade’, this year’s Stakeholders Forum and Exhibition is organized by the National Export Promotion Council and the International Trade Center (ITC) in Geneva. The Women in Export Stakeholders Forum and Exhibition seeks to increase economic empowerment of women through trade via the ITC’s SheTrades Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to connect one million women to the international market by 2020.
 The keynote addresses at the Forum were delivered by the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC). In her opening remark, Mrs. Buhari, stated, “Nigerian women are extremely hard-working. We only need a little push, and this is the time”. 
 She further called on the public sector to support in a bold statement, “I would like to lead a call to the Federal Government to assign 20% of public procurement to women-owned businesses.”
 Mr. Elumelu, Chairman of Heirs Holdings, United Bank for Africa and Transcorp Plc stated that the capacity of women in the private sector to contribute to the development of the country was underestimated. He validated this remark by sharing the significant value created by the female beneficiaries of the $100 million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, who are impacting their communities in many ways.   
“Africa is in need of economic and social development and investing in women is one of the smartest ways to go about it. It is for this reason that the SDGs have focused on women empowerment as a necessary commitment in alleviating poverty,” said Elumelu as he addressed the audience made up primarily of women from diverse backgrounds.  
“When a woman does well, her entire family does well.  We need to put women first. I am proud to say that full and equal participation of women is an important internal objective of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.”
 The Call-To-Action through partnership with The Tony Elumelu Foundation and Africa’s global bank, UBA, signed by Elumeluand the presidents’ wives also aims to commission the production of in-depth research publications and case studies focused on solutions to unique challenges facing women entrepreneurs.
Other dignitaries present at the forum include Senator Aisha Alhassan, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs; Ms Aisha Abubakar, Honourable Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Olusegun Awolowo, Executive Director/CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council.
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Desarrollar Partners with Top Firms to Improve Real Estate Solutions

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Desarrollar Limited a lifestyle and leading real estate solutions company in Lagos, Nigeria has partnered with Union Trustees Limited, First Bank Trustees Limited and Banwo & Ighodalo  and The Lodt Legal Partners to improve real estate services and solutions.

The partnership which was signed on Monday, in Lagos, will unveil Nigeria’s most secure and institutionalized real estate trust consortium aimed at safeguarding the financial investments of Nigerians and Africans living abroad and in Nigeria.

According to the Lead Partner, Desarrollar Limited, Mr Ikemefuna Mordi, the trust framework includes Nigeria’s leading Trustees, legal firms and real estate firms which will work towards ensuring and providing real estate solutions.

Ikemefuna said, “Desarrollar and its partners have created an institutionalised safe-haven to protect Nigerians and Africans in the Diaspora and those living on the African continent from fraud, deception and, sometimes, misplaced dependence on dishonest family-based relationships, through delivering full, seamless and stress-free lifestyle colutions to the Nigerian and African communities both at home and abroad.

Managing Director FBNQuest Trustees, Mr. Adekunle Awojobi, Lead Partner Desarrollar Group, Mr. Ikemefuna Mordi and Managing Director/CE UTL Trust Management services Mrs Olufunke Aiyepola at the official all Parties signing ceremony between Desarrollar group, a leading Lifestyle and real Estate solutions company and its partners in Lagos recently

Senior Partner, Banwo and Ighodalo, Mr. Olufemi Banwo and Lead Partner Desarrollar Group, Mr. Ikemefuna Mordi at the official all Parties signing ceremony between Desarrollar group, a leading Lifestyle and real Estate solutions company and its partners in Lagos recently.

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hat Desarrollar applies a premium standard of excellence to its residential development, commercial development and real estate acquisition services in Nigeria, The United States and the United Kingdom.Their www.desarrollargroup.com throws more light on their Service offerings

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Afreximbank looks to the future of African business in campaign with CNN

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The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is raising awareness about investment opportunities across the African continent through a multi-faceted campaign on CNN.
The campaign, established by CNN International Commercial (CNNIC), includes a dynamic mix of event partnership, TV and digital advertising, branded content, and editorial sponsorship. This media mix is across multiple CNN platforms in order to reach a wide range of business leaders, opinion formers and decision makers interested in doing business in
Africa.
The focus of the campaign is Afreximbank’s landmark Intra-African Trade Fair – a seven-day event taking place in Cairo in December offering a platform for sharing trade, investment and market information and enabling buyers and sellers, investors and countries to meet, discuss and conclude business deals.
As media partner for the event, CNN is promoting the Intra-African Trade Fair on CNN International’s EMEA feed and digital platforms via a TV commercial, digital advertising and bespoke Fact Files produced by CNNIC’s branded content studio, Create. CNN will also have a presence on-stage at the event.
In addition, Afreximbank is sponsoring a series of vignettes about different aspects of Africa’s creative industry. These editorial vignettes are produced by CNN Vision, the creative production powerhouse of CNN International.
“This is a rich campaign that draws on many aspects of CNN content, expertise and our different platforms to position Afreximbank at the centre of creating business opportunities across Africa,” said Cathy Ibal, Vice President, CNNIC. “No other international media connects with business decision makers and leaders like CNN, and we look forward to seeing the impact that this campaign can have on Afreximbank’s Intra-African Trade Fair and its initiatives in growing African business.”
“Afreximbank is keen to raise the profile of intra-African trade and to grow its value exponentially over the next few years,” said Kanayo Awani, Managing Director of the Intra- African trade Initiative at Afreximbank, which is overseeing the IATF project. “The Intra African Trade Fair (IATF) is expected to kick start the right conversations that will nudge the continent in this direction and form the foundation of the vital partnerships required to achieve the objectives. This is why partnering with CNN on this campaign is a critical step for us – to reach the right spectrum of audience essential to our vision for the IATF.”
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Aregbe Idris task youths on nation building

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The All Progressives Congress Youth Organising Secretary Lagos State, Aregbe Idris has tasked the youths on nation building as a key in pushing the boundaries of innovation and growth in Lagos and Nigeria.
Aregbe made this known over the weekend at a two-day event tagged “Entertainment as a tool for nation building” at LA Campagne Tropicana Beach Resort, Ibeju, Lekki, Lagos.
The Youth Organising Secretary said, “We are the future of this nation, hence we must find a way to harmonise ideas, stay united, and explore all available opportunities to add value to this great nation.”
While stressing on the need for innovation, Aregbe noted that the youths remain sacrosanct to the growth of Nigeria and concerted efforts must be made to build the country of our dreams.
“Vision, purpose, commitment and unity are the key ingredients needed in building a better Nigeria. But we must be willing to be involved in the ongoing political movement.”
“The youths have vital roles to play in growing this nation,” he added.
The two-day event kicked off with a roundtable discussion where hundreds of youths from different corners of Lagos gathered to share views and insights on possible measures to adopt in pushing the frontiers of innovation and development of the state and Nigeria at large.
Talented musical stars took turns to thrill the youths to tracks off their albums.
With the likes of Dede Mabiaku, Alhaji Malaika, Adekunle Gold and other fine artistes guests were given a full doze of unsullied entertainment.
The two-day ceremony was crowned with a pool party hosted by talented music artiste, Falz.
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