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Nigerian Women Business Summit 2020 
Theme: From Fear to Hope - Scaling Women Business Impact for a Decade of Action

29th September - 1st October 2020 

The Summit may be over, but registration into the ANWBN Directory is ongoing. Also businesses can still register to participate in the 3 month virtual exhibition that is holding post summit.

The Directory serves at the first point of contact for all women wishing to benefit from any of ANWBN future projects or programs. The exhibition is a platform to showcase and celebrate women owned businesses that are thriving despite the challenges identified by the updated WNBA.

NWBS 2020

Hosted by the Association for Nigerian Women Business Networks and designed to be the premier annual event that focuses on women business issues, this first edition of the Nigerian Women Business Summit focused on the priority areas highlighted in the updated Women National Business Agenda.


Due to the global situation caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic and its attendant safety issues, this 3 day event held online. Participation was not only for women but was open to all stakeholders including government, state actors, financial institutions, business, security, power, tech and many more.

Day One

Activities on this first day included:

The opening ceremony with the following speakers:

Chief Anita Nana Okuribido (National Coordinator, ANWBN)

Mrs. Omowunmi Gbadamosi (Nigeria Country Director, CIPE)

Mrs. Toki Mabogunje (President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry)

ACG Kaycee Ekekieze (Zonal Coordinator, Zone A Nigeria Customs Service


Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefilure who was celebrating her birthday today, also gave a keynote of the intersection of the SDGs with Women National Business Agenda priority areas.

The Honourable Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo launched the updated WNBA.

The Panel session on gender inequality held with Mrs. Adenike Ogunlesi and Dr. Wale Idris Ajibade providing their thoughts on the topic: Achieving Balanced Participation of Women and Men in Political and Public Decision making

Day Two

Following an awesome opening day of NWBS 2020, day two built on this by focusing on two more priority issues – Insecurity and Lack of Access to Finance. Speakers included:

Prof. Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang, African Union Commissioner
Hon. Janet Febisola Adeyemi
Prof. Aina Olubukola Adeogun
Mrs. Aisha Abubakar - Former Minister of State
Mrs. Obioma Liyel-Imoke – Founder (POWER)

Barbara Langley, Director CWEE, CIPE

Manizha Wafeq and Selima Ahmad, CIPE Partners in Afghanistan and Bangladesh also spoke, providing insight into successful methods employed elsewhere by Women in Business

Topics that were covered include:
a. Reducing insecurity for national good - political, economic, and religious implications.
b. Financing for Women owned businesses: moving from problems and promises to action and prosperity.

Day Three

The third and final day of the first Nigerian Women Business Summit was amazing, provided a fitting finale to this foremost event.

The first two days had been extremely impactful with several noteworthy speakers, many of them amazons and high achievers in their fields, providing brilliant information while inspiring us to move from Fear to Hope! The last day put focus on the challenges that women face with inadequate power and ways to mitigate them.

As a special Independence Day gift to women, ANWBN also unveiled the plans for the International Women Resource Complex, a project that will place the spotlight on women business owners in Nigeria.

Speakers included: Professor A.S. Sambo, Dr. Sunny Akpoyibo, Prof Oyedunni Arulogun, Ngozi Oyewole and Susan Morrice.

The summit closing ceremony featured a full recap, issuance of the communique and the presentation of honorary awards to deserving recipients.

Highlights of the Summit
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The Summit addressed the five priority issues identified in the Women National Business Agenda that are the greatest challenges faced by Nigerian women in business:

High Rate of Insecurity | Inadequate Power Supply | Poor Road Network

Gender Inequality | Lack of Access to Finance