As the exciting moment for the Continental Women Conference and enterprising beauty pageant, Face of Trek Africa (FOTA) return for the 2018 edition, former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, First Lady of Lagos State and Founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode and her Kebbi State counterpart, Dr. Zainab Bagudu and Founder, Medicaid Cancer Foundation have been selected to deliver keynote addresses at this year’s edition on Sunday 22nd July.
The organizer and Project Director of McKinggs Media Productions, Publishers of Trek Africa, Mr. Oki Samson disclosed via a statement released to newsmen in Lagos. He said the theme of the event: “The African Woman, Her imprint on Governance and Health,” was chosen to challenge the feminine gender to take her deserved role in governance and healthcare of motherland Africa.
Samson noted that just like the late Chief Mrs. Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Margaret Ekpo, Joyce Banda and Mariam Makeba; the giant strides of African woman in modern history is worthy of note as the everyday woman on the streets, in markets, and households have continued to make bold imprint on the sands of time.
He explained that an African woman is daily faced with enormous challenges on her path to success including high maternal mortality rate which is fast becoming a death sentence especially in Nigeria, according to a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation report.
He added that it is an established fact that there are fewer women in corporate and political position than men. Thus, this initiative will offer a podium for the eminent guest speakers to a robust discussion on the focus theme which will be hosts by celebrity On air personalities; Simi Drey of Beat Fm and KBaba Love Doctor of Wazobia Fm.
He, however, said the three speakers were chosen based on their impressive leadership track records, intellectual sagacity and wealth of experience in healthcare management and women empowerment, adding that Mrs. Ambode and Bagudu are leading voices among state governors’ wives who have been championing the cause of girl-child education in Nigeria in order for them to live-up their dreams.