January 9, 2017


Congratulations to Shade Ladipo, Executive Director of WEConnect International in Nigeria, on making the 2016 AWP Network Power List. The AWP Network powers small business success for African entrepreneurs and encourages African women with powerful voices to create programs and policies that support the development and growth of African women and girls. Shade was named among 40 African women with “powerful, inspiring and influential voices.”

In addition to leading WEConnect International’s efforts in Nigeria, Shade is a travel and media entrepreneur and social activist. At the age of 25, she founded Avienti Limited — a Destination Management Company with three offices in Nigeria. She has worked with the United Nations Volunteers Nigeria and several advertising agencies where she specialized in event management, account management, and client services and strategy.

Shade is one of the founding members of the Lagos Global Shapers and represents Nigeria at World Economic Forum events. She is also the Co-Founder of Enough Is Enough Nigeria, now one of the most vocal non-partisan organizations credited to being a major part of the platforms for young people in deciding Nigeria’s path of change.