Flourish Africa, the women empowerment movement founded by Apostle Folorunso Alakija, has awarded N2million business grants each to 100 female entrepreneurs, out of its N1 billion fund earmarked to empower 2500 female entrepreneurs in five years.
Meanwhile, a total of 500 female entrepreneurs have graduated from Flourish Africa’s ‘Business and Life Skills Training programme,’ which was designed to provide business coaching and mentoring for female owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, where 100 of them received seed grants to grow their businesses.
Speaking at Flourish Africa 5th Anniversary/Award Ceremony in Lagos, Alakija said that the platform was set up to empower women who would empower other women with an understanding that economic inequality was still a major challenge for women in Africa.
In her keynote address, co-founder of Sahel Consulting, Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli, said that women hold the key to transforming not only Nigeria but the entire African continent, adding that it has become imperative for women to rise above any stumbling block by venturing into uncharted territories to realize their God-given potentials.
She added that despite the challenging operating environment, some women have continued to shatter the glass ceilings to become great achievers and CEOs of many corporate organizations in the country.