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The oil and gas industry is overwhelmingly male, both locally and internationally. The women who have carved out careers for themselves in this sector deserve special recognition.

The first female President of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Companies) is Diezani Alison-Madueke. Mrs Madueke holds the distinction of being the first female Minister of Petroleum Resources in Nigeria and was also the first woman to be appointed as Transport Minister.

Some of the women motivated to excel in the oil and gas sector include Dr Amy Jadesimi and Catherine Uju Ifejika. The former is the managing director of Ladol, a petroleum services company based in Lagos. She has stated that women are gradually taking up influential posts around the country because they are competent managers. She also said that people tend to trust women more than men.

You have probably heard of Uju Ifejika. She is one of Africa’s richest women and is the most successful female oil tycoon on the continent. She is the chairperson and CEO of the Britannia U Group, a group of oil and gas companies, making her one of Africa’s few female oil industry bosses. According to her, women make good managers since they can effectively juggle various duties and still perform excellently.

Other than the oil industry, the justice sector in Nigeria has also seen a rise in the number of women holding top positions. Just recently, Jennifer Douglas Abubakar was called to Bar, bringing into sharp focus how far women have come. Jennifer Abubakar is the wife of former vice president Atiku Abubakar. As part of her achievements, she has attained a PhD and established the GEDE Foundation that works to improve the lives of people living with HIV in Nigeria. To find out more about her work and Foundation please visit Jennifer Douglas on LinkedIn.

Another outstanding lady in the justice sector is Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar. This notable lady holds the honor of being the first female justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria as well as the first woman to be sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Country.

If you were to interview all these amazing women, they would no doubt tell you that it took a lot of courage and determination to get to where they are. In their own ways, they make Nigeria proud and are positive role models for young women.

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Style by Zenith 2.0 will hold on the 29th of November till 1st December, 2019 at the Eko Energy City (By Eko Atlantic) Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island Lagos. To register, simply visit www.zenithbank.com/style

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Style By Zenith: Zenith Bank Calls For Model Auditions [APPLY WITHIN]

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The audition for male and female models that will participate in the much-anticipated Style by Zenith 2.0 fashion shows is scheduled to hold as follows:

Date: 15th of November, 2019

Time: 9am prompt

Venue: Balmoral Hall, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos State.

Find out more details in the accompanying fliers.

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GTBank Fashion Weekend 2019: Get Ready For Africa’s Biggest Fashion Experience [VIDEO]

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This November, industry leaders, style connoisseurs, and fashion enthusiasts from across the globe will converge in Lagos, Nigeria for the 4th edition of the GTBank Fashion Weekend. Holding Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of November 2019 at the GTCentre, Plot 1, Water Corporation Drive, Oniru, the 2-day event will put a spotlight on Africa’s emerging fashion industry whilst showcasing the talent and creativity of indigenous small businesses in the fashion space.

Since 2016, the GTBank Fashion Weekend has been at the forefront of promoting enterprise in Africa’s rapidly growing fashion industry. Over the years, the event has brought together renowned fashion experts and personalities to interact with hundreds of thousands of young Africans passionate about fashion and entrepreneurship. This year, the GTBank Fashion Weekend, which is free to attend, will feature over 30 distinguished fashion leaders, designers, and industry experts, whilst providing more than 130 indigenous small businesses with free stalls to showcase and sell Africa’s finest ensemble of apparel and fashion accessories.

Attendees at the 2019 GTBank Fashion Weekend will be treated to an exciting repertoire of fashion moments, from fashion and entrepreneurial masterclasses facilitated by internationally renowned fashion experts to enthralling runway shows that will present the latest in fashion styles and design trends. There will also be pop-up stands where talented indigenous designers will display their works and interact with some of Africa’s most passionate fashionistas, an Arts & Crafts Village that showcases the beauty and dexterity of traditional African design.

Commenting on the 2019 GTBank Fashion Weekend, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “Africa is home to some of the most creative fashion talents on the planet, and we are delighted and proud to provide them with a global platform that connects them to the world. As we work towards the 4th edition of the biggest fashion showcase in Africa, our goal is to not only showcase the wealth of talent, innovation and enterprise that abound in Africa’s fashion space, but to also grow the continent’s contribution to the global fashion industry by empowering budding entrepreneurs at home with everything they need to thrive on the world stage.

He further stated that “At the heart of the GTBank Fashion Weekend is our vision of promoting enterprise in industries where we believe that we can help small businesses grow and dominate. In fashion, as well as in food and the creative industry, we see not just the amazing talents and passion of our people, but how, by championing their entrepreneurial spirit, we can enrich millions of lives, uplift communities and grow our economy.”

GTBank has consistently played a leading role in Africa’s banking industry. The Bank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality, and innovation. The Bank is also going beyond the traditional understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility as corporate philanthropy by intervening in key economic sectors through non-profit consumer-focused fairs and capacity building initiatives for small businesses.

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