Are You Going? African Women in the Media 2018 Conference, Delegates can win $1,000

I have my ticket already for this Conference thanks to AllAfrican.com and @RealAwim for sponsorship! So I am going to be there live.

African Women in the Media 2018 Conference Promises Visibility on Women and Delegates have a chance to win $1,000.  Now, you too can be a part of this conference by planning to attend. Find out the details in the “Press Release” below:

 

PRESS RELEASE

The African Women in the Media 2018 Conference, an event organized by award-winning journalist, Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola, has Visibility as its theme and promises to empower delegates through panels, workshops, and networking.
Attendees will experience keynote presentations, industry panels with leading names like Eugenia Abu, Lola Shoneyin, Stephanie Busari, Kunle Afolayan and much more, as well as academic panels and numerous training workshops.

“There are three tracks running simultaneously at any one time during the conference”, said Dr. Akinbobola. “We don’t want to just talk about the issues, but through the workshops, pitch zone and networking opportunities, we are putting actions into place to empower attendees”.

The African Women in the Media group aims to impact positively the way media functions in relation to women, both in the industry and media’s representation of gender issues.
“Action is key here and we are so grateful to all our sponsors for their support”, adds Dr. Akinbobola. “We are particularly excited to launch the AWIM/NRGI Award which comes with a $1,000 cash prize.”

AWIM18 Conference Highlights include
CNN’s Nima Elbagir as Keynote Speaker
● Prof Abigail Ogwezzy as academic Keynote Speaker
● Three industry panels: Gender, Security, and Election Coverage; Women in Media Leadership; Role of Fictional Content on Society’s Perspective of Women in Leadership
● Three academic panels: Break the Silence: Health, Violence, and Media; Women Behind and In-Front of Camera; Women in Media: Participation, Advocacy, and Youth
● 10 Training workshops: Data Journalism, Digital Marketing, Reporting in Conflict Zones, Newsroom Leadership, Vlogging for Change, Oil and Gas Reporting, PR, Rethinking Content, Self-editing, and How to listen, engage and tell stories on social media to grow female audiences
● Pitch Zone: Hosted by BBC and the Natural Resource Governance Institute who is funding the AWIM/NRGI Award where delegates can win £1,000 to produce their gender-focused natural resources story
● Dinner parties and networking on both nights
● Roundtable discussions with speakers
Book your tickets at awim18.eventbrite.com OR http://www.stringersafrica.com/awim2018

About African Women in the Media:
African Women in the Media (AWiM) is a Facebook group that convenes annually. The first convening event took place in Birmingham, the UK with panels from both academia and industry. The AWiM17 keynote speaker was Minna Salami. The group wants to challenge the way media functions in relation to African women, and seeks to inspire, support and empower its members.

About Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola: 
Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic, and media entrepreneur. A Nigerian living in the UK, her work is Africa focused, covering stories from rape culture in Nigeria, to an investigative and data story on the trafficking of young West African football hopefuls by fake agents. The latter won the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 (Sports Reporting). Yemisi holds a Ph.D. in Media and Cultural Studies from Birmingham City University where she is the Course Director for MA Global Media Management, and her research interest is in digital journalism and African feminism.

She is the founder of Stringers Africa, which connects freelance journalists in African countries with newsrooms worldwide, and she runs the African Women in the Media group. Founder also of IQ4News, a multimedia production company, she has freelanced for publications including the UN Africa Renewal magazine. Yemisi has several years’ experience in communication management for charities.

Nima Elbagir’s bio can be found here: https://edition.cnn.com/profiles/nima-elbagir#about

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Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Principal Producer (FRCN) 
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
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Wounds!

When you reach out others can find you. I just connected with the AHVAHAH blog and I fell in love with this post – “Wounds”. Thought I should share it with you.

We all have wounds and scars from life’s experience. Mine may be different from yours but understand that you are not alone. Know that you can let go of those wounds and scars ; let love heal you. Reach out to someone today in love and kind deeds.

Love,
Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Youth Empowerment Program: Supported By A One -time “Pepper Seller’s” Foundation #STEMHub

When your beginning is humble and through resilience, hard work and providence you succeed; it means a lot when you try to help others up. This is the story of Dr. Adeola Olubamiji the First Black person to hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Adeola grew up on the streets of Mokola Ibadan selling pepper for her mother. Find her story in an earlier post titled “Meet Dr. Adeola Olubamiji” 

Never let your background keep your back on the ground. You can rise above your seeming limitation. Look deep inside you there is a gift in there; harness it with the opportunities that come your way


A group of young people got an opportunity to partake in a free Tie & Dye Design training in Ibadan. It is a training put together by STEMHub Foundation in collaboration with JOBAT The Greatest LTD. I was privileged to be present on one of the days to see what was up. I met a group of enthusiastic youth – Ladies and gentlemen. In fact, there were a few adults and retirees willing to acquire a skill to improve their earning power.

A chat with a few of the participants revealed that these young people were kicking and ready to go do something fantastic with what they had learned within the two weeks of the training.

Testimonies of some participants & Plans going forward:

Joy Okoli – I live at Mokola and I am seeking admission into the university. I thought while I am still waiting for my admission, I could acquire a vocational skill; that’s why I enrolled in the training. I have learned a lot about different Adire cloth designs and the facilitator has been very patient with us. I hope to be economically empowered after this.

Olaoji Precious – As a participant in the Tie and Dye training I have learned a variety of Adire designs such as the Spiral design. Free-hand Design; solid shape design; the Batik. During the training, I was able to Dye materials and make some of these designs. I plan on making products and selling. I also hope to collaborate and do business with others who make shoes and clothes by sharing my designs with them.

Emetima Mishel: I am a graduate of the University of Ibadan and I studied political science. I really enjoyed the training because I have a liking for clothes and this Tie and Dye Adire design is really African. For me, It is an opportunity to produce traditional clothes and take it to an international market.

Photos from training & Adire Designs made by Participants:

A little bit About the Facilitator:  Pastor Ilesanmi Abiona of JOBAT The Greatest LTD used to be a banker but wasn’t fulfilled in that line of work. Before getting into the university he had earlier learned how to make various Adire cloth designs. He thoroughly enjoyed doing Tie and Dye however he later abandoned it for a white collar job after graduation. After a few years, he soon discovered that his heart was not in the banking job. He made a decision to go back to his Tie and Dye business and today he has trained many others who make a living with Tie and Dye. Pastor Abiona volunteers his time to train and empower young people and anyone who wishes to acquire this skill and become economically empowered.

 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Inspiration #20.

I just met Oladewalaura and she is a student in college who is inspiring people through her blog. I like this Inspirational words “Be easy to love…” When you feel that you are not getting along with practically everybody then you may need to take some time to check yourself to know what is triggering the conflict with others. “He/She that will have friends must show himself /herself to be friendly’. How friendly are you? Are you approachable? Relax, Stop being up-tight life is beautiful 🌹🌹

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Oladewalaura

Be easy to love,hard to break and impossible to forget.

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Would you want to be the duchess?

One thing stood out for me in this post by Sinmirella – ‘We should stop assuming that women want the same thing. Every woman should be allowed to choose the kind of life she wants and what is important to her. Please enjoy perusing this post and other down to earth yet intriguing articles on Sinmirella blog.

Sinmirella

For reasons I can’t explain, the royal wedding sparked a kind of vibe in me that took me so long to write about. Maybe not so long but several days of thinking and re-thinking my perspectives about everything in this life, which by the way is half the time different.

It was the day of David and Irene’s wedding, one of the happiest couple I have seen in a while;the day of my colleague, Fola’s wedding; five days to Kola and Kemi’s. The fact that everyone seemed(and still seems) to be tying the love knots around me did not just leave me with a combination of joy, excitement and concern, but also got left me with a lot of questions about marriage versus individuality. why are all these people getting married? Why do they all appear so in love with each other? why did some throw big parties and…

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Pay Attention To Her #PATH

When you go shopping for your sanitary towel do you insist that the shop owner put it in a black polythene bag all in the bid to keep your purchase a secret? If you’ve ever done this raise your hands 🙌 no one will see you 😊. Yours sincerely is guilty as charged too! Now that I think about this as I begin to type this post I realize that there is this general feeling of embarrassment or shame when it comes to menstruation. In fact, if a guy stumbles on your sanitary pad while ransacking your bag by mistake; he will apologize profusely for invading your privacy.

But really in your opinion should girls and women be embarrassed about menstruation or sanitary pads? Should boys and men know about the menstrual circle of women so that no one will feel the need for embarrassment? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

As a mother, I am already talking to my 11year old daughter about her body and menstruation. She has seen me use sanitary pads and I have shown her how to even stick it on her underwear. Already we are talking about hygiene while menstruating. Incidentally, also my son gets to ask questions about this. At least he knows what a sanitary pad looks like and what it is meant for 😉.  Now, some girls are not that privileged to have someone talk to them early enough about their menstrual circle and how to go about being comfortable with this normal occurrence in the female gender. Many adults/parents even emphasize the “embarrassing” attitude of a girl’s menstruation. Where I come from mothers will warn their girls seriously about not leaving their sanitary pads lying around even the unused one.

The other issue to menstruation challenges is lack of access to affordable and hygienic sanitary pads for some girls who come from a background with low means. My very first post Why Femininematerz?   which inspired this blog takes a look at how some girls in communities skip school whenever they are menstruating basically because they cannot afford sanitary pads. In one community in Uganda girls use corn husks… Really breaks my heart.

It is, therefore, a delight to meet another person who alongside her team is demystifying menstruation and promoting hygiene and access to free sanitary pads for school girls. Dr. Kelechi Okoro founder of Heal For Africa Initiative and her group of volunteers have recently taken this message to school girls.

Below is an excerpt sharing information about the launch of a project advocating for the need to Pay Attention to Girls, as put together by Charles Osagie, The Project Manager HFAI. It was an interesting read for me.

HEAL FOR AFRICA INITIATIVE donates free pads and school materials to 300 girls, advocates for the empowerment of The Girl Child.

 

HEAL For Africa Initiative, a Nongovernmental organization known for their advocacy in the area of health, quality livelihood, empowerment and education especially for the girl child has successfully flagged off another project called Pay Attention To Her (PATH).

According to the Founder, Dr. Kelechi Okoro, she said this project will focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of girls and women, reorienting and enlightening them about all female health issues. The PATH project has taken off with menstrual hygiene education and distribution of free sanitary pads and hygiene products for secondary schools.

Dr. Okoro, speaking at the launch with over 300 girls at Al Ansar Secondary School, New Layout in Lokoja, the medical expert espoused on the ills of seeing menstruation by young girls as disgraceful, shameful and dirty.

She acknowledged that young school girls are having limited access to affordable sanitary materials thereby making them use unhygienic options that increases their risk of having infections that may affect their reproduction in future. She thoroughly educated them on self-confidence and self-awareness too.

“We need to let our girls know that whatever sanitary method they use while menstruating, must be hygienic, and that they should not feel ashamed during their Period,” Okoro said.

She also recommended that the Ministry of Agriculture look into production of reusable biodegradable eco sanitary pads made from agricultural materials, saying it would be more hygienic, safer and affordable than the disposable ones.

“This sensitization and training are going to be a continuous program that will cut across schools in Kogi, Nigeria, and Africa. We are positive that the PATH project is going to be a huge success.

“Period is a thing of pride, you don’t have to be ashamed of it, it is everybody’s business. We need everybody to show support for it because it is important for health and nation-building.

Several top government functionaries and seasoned keynote speakers were on ground to impact on the program. Amongst them was the Chairman Board of Trustees of HEAL For Africa who doubles as the Executive Director of Tiny Beating Hearts Initiative. Mrs. Petra Akinti Onyegbule inspired the participants to become self-confident and dissuaded them from being sober and sad when they find themselves menstruating especially for the first time especially when mistakes of being stained occurs during this period. She spoke extensively on “Empowering the Girl Child and its Role in Nation Building”.

In attendance were some policymakers: the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Mrs. Ayoade Folashade Arike(Ph.D.), Dr. Attah Ahmed, the Special Adviser on Health to Kogi State Governor and Mrs. Musa Mimi Sandra, the Senior Special Assistant for Women and Children Development to Kogi State Governor.

The program was wrapped up with goodwill messages from Queen Sarah Yusuf, the Publisher Xera Magazine, Miss Aliyu Rufia, the Teen Ambassador of the PATH Project and Principal of the host school, Alhaji Gimba Ibrahim.

The Coordinator of the Not Too Young To Run Bill, Umar DanAssabe Mohammed also lends his support to this movement.

Let’s help girls get comfortable with their menstrual circle days. No shame in menstruation! Support girls in your community by giving or advocating for free sanitary Pad donations /access to affordable ones. – Adebisi 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Meet Dr. Adeola Olubamiji: The First African Biomedical Engineer(Ph.D ): Her Life & Projects

A few days ago my boss asked me to accompany her to a meeting where I eventually met a young promising woman from Nigeria who lives in Canada and is making Nigeria proud. The story was that this lady was already doing a lot to project Africa and empower girls, women and the youth. Now that’s the kind of story I love to hear and therefore I was delighted to go meet this inspiring lady. But I actually met her via a SKYPE conversation … hehehe. I tell you our conversation with her blew me away and left me feeling good about my heritage as a Nigerian woman. She is the kind of role model young people need to inspire and motivate them to go on to achieve their dreams and goals.

So here I am trying to celebrate and project the good things this beautiful lady is doing.

This post shares a bit of our conversation with Dr. Adeola Olubamiji the first black person to obtain a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Saskatchewan . She speaks about herself and an ongoing project to empower young people in Ibadan in Tie-Dye Engineering. Dr. Adeola’s story went viral on the social media after she shared her story about how she rose from a humble background to become the scientist that she now is. Adeola went on to start STEMHUB FOUNDATION to inspire young people to pursue science and discover the possibilities therein. Bolatito Joseph- BJJ (Deputy Director Programmes- Radio Nigeria) conducted the interview.

Interview

BJJ: Tell us about yourself, a little bit about your background and why you are doing this project

DR. Adeola: Recently about a year ago I happen to be the first African to obtain a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan here in Canada. My upbringing, I was raised by two people with no formal education; from hawking pepper on the streets of Mokola, Ibadan to becoming a child farmer; having to help my mum on the farm and how all of this happened to me; then because of my love for science made me who I am today. I went ahead and posted my story on Facebook the day I convocated. That story went viral and it was in the news in Nigeria and the media basically. So I grew lots of followership on social media and as such I couldn’t hide anymore as a scientist who just wanted to live my life for myself. I realize that my life wasn’t mine anymore; a lot of people wanted to be a part of it; a lot of people were looking for a role model and some people were looking for mentors for themselves or for their children. So that’s how STEMHUB Foundation started.

Mokola, where the empowerment training on Tie & Dye engineering for young people is taking place in the neighborhood where I grew up. It is in this neighborhood that I hawked pepper. So I looked at my neighborhood and I found out that it is still the same. We still have people involved in vices and using prostitution as the only means of livelihood for them. So I was looking out there to see – what Is it I can help people acquire that they can use as a means to fend for themselves instead of having to do something shady or having to sell their body.

This Tie and Dye program is not the only program my foundation has sponsored. For the celebration of Women in the month of March 2018, I partnered with the Female Designers Movement in Lagos to sponsor design engineering for 150 women. We taught them graphic design making of posters; a user design for websites.

Right now after my Ph.D., I got a job and currently work as a lead material engineer in a company that basically manufacture Pollan, parts of engines of aircraft, fighter jets and all of that here in Canada. I am very passionate about anything engineering, 3D-printing which is my area and right now I focus on aerospace.

BJJ: Great! Ok can we talk about the many awards you’ve won

Dr. Adeola: Ok one thing I always tell people is, it is a lot difficult to talk about when it comes to hyping myself; I am not good at it.

BJJ: (Laughs)

Dr. Adeola: I believe something, “If your mission and vision in life are about you, you won’t go really far.

BJJ: Yeah

Dr. Adeola: But if your vision and your mission are about the people you will go really, really far. And often times those types of vision and mission are bigger than you and require a lot of resilient for it to happen. After my story broke out on the internet, the “Media Broadcast Corporation” which is our own “Radio Nigeria” here in Canada recognized me as one of the 150 black women making Canada better for the celebration of Canada at 150years last year. Also last year the Canadian Nigerian Association honored me as “The Woman of Outstanding Achievements in Education”, July 2017. Fortunately, Oni of Ife and some other dignitaries from Nigeria attended that event.

“If your mission and vision in life are about you, you won’t go really far. But if your vision and your mission are about the people you will go really, really far.

In my absence the Ondo state government honored me as 2018 female role model of young girls in the state. I have also been nominated by the Canadian Business Treat; these are a group of women whose passion centers on finding entrepreneurs and young Canadian women and honoring them. I have been nominated as one of the people that will receive an award this year, 2018.

Dr Olubamiji at a science training for some children

There is been a couple of awards here and there but to me, it is not about the awards. It is about what I can do for people. If it wins an award, yes I am happy but I would gladly celebrate the people and the progress we are making in the lives of the people than how many accolades I get or how many awards people have given me. This dream and vision are not about me, it’s about the people.

BJJ: You have done so well for yourself and I want to tell you that Nigeria is proud of you. Now, are you thinking of coming back home?

Dr. Adeola: The Industry that I work in right now focus on 3D-printing different on aerospace material. During my Ph.D. I was fortunate to use this same 3D-printing, to manufacture. So 3D-Printing is an area growing drastically around the world; Nigeria has not embraced the idea yet. If there is an opportunity to come and be a part of trading digital manufacturing space for Africa so that we can attract automotive companies to come and open their brands in Nigeria, I will definitely love to be a part of such change. Until that moment when this type of opportunity happens I think I will stay here in Canada to grow my knowledge and without money, I wouldn’t be able to help people in Nigeria.

BJJ: (Laughs)

Dr. Adeola: So I will stay here to be able to make some money and to be able to do what I do right now (Laughing). But if you ask me where is your heart? My heart is in Nigeria. I believe that positive role models are very, very rare to find in our society. And when we have such positive role models, often times they do not have the right platform to be projected so our young girls can see them. I feel that if I were to be present in Nigeria I will achieve way more; I will inspire and motivate way more. And I could be a part of those people who can help drive success among women and young people in Nigeria. Until that time when I get the opportunity, I have to be here.

But the good news is that I will be coming home to Nigeria in August for two weeks to receive an award. I will do all I can to inspire; to encourage and be a part of the people; to let them see what is possible if you study science, believe in God and if you work hard and are resilient, you can go really far in life.

BJJ: Thank you very much for speaking with us. I really enjoyed this conversation. God bless, bye

Dr. Adeola: Thank you too Bye

I look forward to following Dr. Adeola’s journey and contributions to society and sharing more of her story and the lives she is touching. In another post, I will share photos and stories of young people I met at the Tie & Dye Training which held in Ibadan for young people. It was sponsored by STEMHUB Foundation.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com