African born women are achieving in the UK, they just need to become more visible in order to give the next generation of entrepreneurs real hope
Young African women have very few 'visible' role models, says Nigerian author and entrepreneur, Ogo Ogbata, who is planning a number of initiatives that will enable more African born women to be recognised as thought leaders and people of influence in the 21st Century.
As October marks the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from British rule as well as the globally recognised Black History Month, Ogo, author of the inspiring novel “Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman”, is urging more African women to come forward and demonstrate the successes they’ve achieved via creativity and entrepreneurship.
Inspired by her novel, Ogo is organising 'Inspiring Women in Business' Event in London come November 12th 2010. This event will allow credible business women (and men) from Africa and the UK to celebrate the women who have inspired their success. Set in the politically charged colloquial and post-independent Nigeria, “Egg-Larva-Pupa-Woman,” tells the story of a privileged Nigerian girl whose life is disrupted by a series of mysterious events whilst living during a politically explosive time in her homeland. And yet this girl defies the odds to achieve greatness and make peace with her past.
Ogo, who is a regular speaker on business topics, creativity and inspiration, believes that the book’s main character is symbolic of the entrepreneurial spirit inherent in many young African women despite the hardships that life throws at them. “Through my book and the inspiring and educative events I deliver, I am sending a message loud and clear that young women across the world, even in the developing countries and ethnic minority communities, have the ability to achieve against all odds." She says.
"Black History Month is a time to honour the achievements of thoughts leaders and inspirational men and women over time, but equally," Ogo continues, "it should also be about celebrating the 21st Century thought leaders and people of influence too. Oftentimes, it takes the good examples set by others to demonstrate what we are truly capable of. African born women are achieving in the UK, they just need to become more visible in order to give the next generation of entrepreneurs real hope and create prosperity in Africa and the rest of the world in years to come.”
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