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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Over 100 Nigerian women entrepreneurs gathered in Lagos on May 22nd to learn about WEConnect International’s global certification program and other tools to grow their businesses. The Introduction to Global Certification training program was organized by WEConnect International in collaboration with EY Nigeria.
“It is very encouraging to see Nigerian women entrepreneurs so eager to take advantage of the opportunities we offer,” said Comfort Avunze Sakoma, Director WEConnect International Nigeria. “We are also very thankful for the support of our corporate members.”
On May 8, 2014, WEConnect International in collaboration with the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, UN Women, the Ministry of Finance, WIMBIZ, the Nigerian Women's Trust Fund, Access Bank and P&G, hosted a World Economic Forum Africa (“WEF Africa”) side event on Gender in Abuja, Nigeria.
Written by: Ajuma – Founder ‘ETHNIKOS One Million For One Million Kids in Need Project’
The 5 Year report of WEConnect International was released recently. It’s amazing to see how this organization has achieved measurable impact in a very short period of 5 years, since its inception. WEConnect International is now present in 17 countries and has certified 611 Women Business Enterprises’ as being qualified to do business with multinational organizations, whilst 3,902 self-registered women businesses are also a part of the eNetwork. WEConnect has conducted 143 market access trainings and had an attendance of 6,643 women attending in different parts of the world. As at March, 2015 the organization boasts of over 60 corporate members.