Country Director, Nigeria
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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(10 APRIL 2015 – ABUJA) On 4-5 May 2015, some 200 women business owners and representatives from the public and private sectors will gather in Lagos, for the first WEConnect International Exhibition & Matchmaker (WIEM) in Nigeria. For two days, female entrepreneurs will learn about the benefits of being certified as a women's business enterprise (WBE). At the same time, buyers will learn about the innovative solutions WBEs can offer and the competitive advantage they provide for their brands.
(December 21, 2014) WEConnect International in Nigeria has compiled highlights and testimonials from its 2014 "Meet the Buyer" events supported by ExxonMobil. The goal of the events was to bridge the gap between women entrepreneurs and the oil and gas industry and ultimately increase the number of WEConnect International certified women vendors registered with ExxonMobil. Some moments from the video.
The WEConnect Academy is an online learning tool put together by our corporate member, Walmart. Due to accessibility issues, our Executive Director Nigeria, Comfort Sakoma, transformed it into an intensive, week long executive development program for WEConnect International’s self- registered and certified businesses. The program focused primarily on increasing the competitive advantage and robustness of the participant's business. Participants formed a learning community which continues to provide a source of support, expertise, opportunities, and strategic alliances long after the program completion. Participants were awarded certificates at the end of the program and were celebrated as Africa's first WEConnect Academy class. Facilitators included experts in International Law, Human Resources, Financial Services, and Business Strategy Execution.