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WEConnect International in Nigeria identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.

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ibilolaamao2Congratulations to Dr. Ibilola Amao, founder of certified women's business enterprise Lonadek Limited! She has been selected as a mentee for the Vital Voices 2017 Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) to be held in Charlotte, NC, May 8-12, 2017. GAP connects women leaders (mentees) — at a tipping point in their professional, business and leadership paths — with established women executives (Global Ambassadors or mentors) for mentorship. Vital Voices takes an innovative, immersive approach to mentoring in regions around the world; offering in-person exchanges, business acumen and skills training, networking and personal development workshops.

OLAYEBI OBAFEMI(March 31, 2017) Marsha Firestone, Founder and President of the Womens' President Organization, announced Femi Olayebi as the co-winner of the Best Mentor and Role Model Award at the inaugural WEConnect International Gala on March 30 in Washington, DC. She shares the honor with Dana Denis-Smith of the UK. The Best Mentor and Role Model Award recognizes WEConnect International certified women business owners that have not only developed successful businesses, but have also helped those around them do the same. Shade Ladipo, Director for WEConnect International in Nigeria, accepted the award on Femi's behalf.

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As part of activities to commemorate the International Women’s Day 2017, the 100 Most Inspiring Women List presented by Leading Ladies Africa and was unveiled on March 8, 2017. In honor of great strides and commendable impact, Executive Director of WEConnect International in Nigeria Shade Ladipo has been selected as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria. She will be presented with a certificate at the 100 Women Gala on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at the Wheatbaker Hotel Ikoyi, Lagos.

Read more about the list and the gala.