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Mentor Intro Africa IWD Webinar

It was a pleasure to join the Mentor Intro Africa IWD webinar hosted by Fola Niyi- Duale, Founder/CEO Mentor Intro Africa with the theme- She breaks barriers: Empowering Women through Mentorship. I joined two other amazing women- Adaku Ijara, MD/CEO Emerging Africa Asset Management Limited and Hauwa Shakir, CEO of Kulu Abuja. I discussed the transformative power of mentorship using insights from my personal and professional journey.

ImpactHer International Women’s Day Celebration

It was great to attend the ImpactHer International Women’s Day event themed “Inspire Inclusion: Unlocking Opportunities Using Digital Skills and Market Expansion”. I had the pleasure of joining the keynote panel session where we discussed the urgent need for technological adaptation, and the critical importance of integrating technology into daily business operations particularly for women. I was honoured to speak alongside notable women like- Oluwatoyin Aralepo Director of Finance at Mastercard Foundation, Adaku Ijara, MD/CEO Emerging Africa Asset Management Ltd., Dr Oluseyi Olanrewaju, CFO Digital Reality, Onyeche Elisabeth Agbiti-Douglas, Project Manager, BRAVE Women Nigeria, the session was moderated by Ayishat Olanrewaju, Founder, Corporately Lucid.

Hub One Insider Series Webinar

It was a pleasure to join host- Nsembo Udoh on the Hub one Insider Series webinar hosted by FCMB with the topic- Raising Investment Amid VC Funding Crunch, where I shared tips on how to overcome obstacles posing challenges for founders seeking funding and how to navigate the current VC crunch and winter.

Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund IWD Webinar

It was a pleasure to join the webinar hosted by Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund in celebration of International Women’s Day with the theme- Inspire Inclusion hosted by Vymala Thuron, Deputy MD, MFAGF. I was honoured to speak alongside other female fund managers- Joyce-Ann Wainana, Managing Partner, Chui Ventures, Nneka Eze, Managing Partner, Vested World, Kim Kamarebe, Managing Partner, Inua Capital. Together we addressed pressing questions about the progress of gender equity in impact investing, sharing insights from the perspective of our respective journeys.

AELEX International Women’s Day Celebration

I was honoured to have been invited by Aelex Law Firm to speak at their in-house event celebrating International Women’s month. I had the pleasure of sharing my journey from my early years to starting my professional investment banking journey and how that led to founding Aruwa Capital. It was an uplifting event with a warm atmosphere where we could have open and heartfelt discussions.

African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) Webinar

I had the pleasure of joining host- Tochukwu Ezekuwu, Regional Director, Avpa and fellow panelist- Dr. Ola Brown, Founder, Health Cap on the African Venture Philantrophy Alliance webinar tagged- ‘What the Data and Trends Say, And What They Mean For Funding Flows And Venture Builders’. We had an eye-opening and impactful session which focused on crucial data and trends affecting investment decisions, especially in West Africa.

Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PENOP) IWD Celebration

I had the pleasure of joining one of the panels at the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PENOP) IWD Celebration with the theme: Inspire Inclusion. The panel which was moderated by Adaobi Okoye was tagged – ‘Driver’s Seat: The Role of Women in Digital Transformation’ had esteemed speakers in attendance – Olayinka Ajayi, Executive Director, Zenith PFC, Nike Bajomo, Executive Director, Stanbic IBTC PFA, Ugochukwu ‘Ugodre’ Obi-Chukwu, Founder and CEO Nairametrics.

Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) IWD Celebration

I had the pleasure of being a panelist at the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce’s IWD celebration themed - ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’. My panel which was expertly hosted by Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani comprised of noteworthy individuals- Adeniyi Adekoya- Deputy MD of Snyperpet and Weston Limited, and Kemi Awodein, MD of Investment Banking at Chapel Hill Denham discussed a powerful topic - ‘Empowering Women in Finance’ where we explored ways we can continue to champion women’s voices and drive meaningful change.

Pevca Annual Conference 2024

I had the pleasure of moderating one of the panels at the 2nd Annual PEVCA Nigeria conference with the theme: The Next Frontier: Private Capital Opportunities in a Shifting Economic Landscape. The panel -Planning for successful exits and performance had esteemed speakers in attendance – Nnenia Ejebe, Partner Adenia Capital, Laolu Alabi, Senior Vice President, African Capital Alliance, Mobolaji Adeoye, Founder and Managing Partner, Consonance Capital and Daniel Adeoye, Partner Verod Capital.

Ventures Africa’s 20 Women of Impact 2023 Feature

I am humbled to be recognized as one of the Ventures Africa 20 women of impact for the year 2023. This recognition highlights women who have displayed outstanding leadership and also contributed to community building, economic empowerment, leadership, innovation and societal change.

Winner of 2x Global Woman Fund Manager of the Year 2023

I am grateful and humbled to have emerged as the 2X Global Woman Fund Manager of the Year in 2023 at the Informa SuperReturn Africa conference in Cape Town. The award is a testament of how Aruwa Capital Management stands as a beacon of hope for female fund managers and female entrepreneurs across Africa. Thank you to 2X Global for the recognition and honour. I am so grateful to everyone that has joined me in this journey so far, the best is yet to come.

Africa CEO Forum

It was great to attend the Gender Champion Meeting hosted by the African CEO Gender Forum themed “Pioneering change: The Female Champions Driving Africa’s Success”. I had the pleasure of moderating of the panel sessions tagged- “Breaking into the Boys Club: Navigating Male-Dominated Environments” where I shared my experience founding Aruwa Capital at the age of 29 and navigating a male dominated industry. I was honoured to speak alongside notable women like- Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (DG World Trade Organization) Dr. Ola Brown (Founder Health Cap) Lucy Quist (Author and Founder, The Bold New Normal) etc.

Choiseul 100 Africa 2023 Ranking

I am truly honoured to have been named among the Choiseul Africa 100 Africa laureates for the second consecutive year 2023. Recognized as one of the 100 young African leaders aged 40 and under who are playing pivotal roles in Africa's economic development, this recognition reflects the immense opportunities that our beloved continent, Africa, presents to its young leaders. I am proud to be among the 10 Laureates from Nigeria who made the top 100 list for 2023.

AVPA Closing the Capital Gender Gap in Impact Investing Webinar

It was a pleasure to join host- Frank Aswani CEO AVPA and Bernard Chidzero, Snr. Investment Advisor Bridgespan on the webinar hosted by African Venture Philanthropy Alliance (AVPA) in collaboration with the Bridgespan group tagged- Closing the Capital Gap in Investing in Africa. We discussed closing the capital gap for fund managers in Africa and the challenges faced by African investments funds when they prioritize social impact alongside financial returns.

Empower Africa 30 Catalysts for Change Feature

I am honoured to have been recognized by Empower Africa as one of the 30 extraordinary individuals who have played a pivotal role in fostering innovation, economic growth, and positive change across the African Tech Landscape.

Dream VC Unlocking the Power of Boards Webinar

I had the pleasure of joining Dream VC and its fellows on their Webinar tagged: Unlocking the Power of Boards. I shared valuable insights on maximizing the potential of boards at early stages of investment. From selecting independent board members to thinking long-term.

Value for Women Ten Years Anniversary Special Feature

I am pleased to have been featured in the recent Value for Women Ltd. Series which was launched to mark its 10th year anniversary. I was featured in 4th issue of the series titled "Women Decision Makers" which centered on the need to intentionally channel more capital towards women decision-makers in emerging markets. I shared valuable insights, talking about the challenges women fund managers like me encounter in the investment field. I highlighted the systematic obstacles that exist, especially for first-time fund managers and also emphasized the importance of thinking outside the box when it comes to evaluating investments, instead of simply following the usual methods.

Interview with Faith Driven Investor

It was a pleasure to join John Coleman on the 156th Faith Driven Investor Podcast. The conversation was themed 'Investing in Women and Africa'. I shared my personal journey from investment banking to founding Aruwa Capital, our gender lens approach, and how we are empowering and inspiring women through our investments in female-owned and female-led businesses.

Interview with Blackrock Asset Management

It was a pleasure to join Omolade Shonibare in an interview with Blackrock - the largest asset management company in the world with $9 trillion in assets under management. I discussed my career transition from investment banking to private equity and founding my own private equity firm - Aruwa Capital Management. We also discussed the challenges, risks, and opportunities associated with investing in Africa and how Aruwa Capital is changing the narrative and empowering women-owned and women-led businesses.

100 Women in Finance Nigeria at the NGX Gong Closing Ceremony

Following the week-long activities of the formal launch of the 100 Women in Finance Nigeria, we visited the Nigerian Exchange Group- NGX (formerly the Nigerian Stock Exchange) on Thursday 27th April. Amanda Pullinger, CEO, 100 Women in Finance alongside members of the 100WF Nigeria Committee met with key executives of the NGX to discuss their respective organisation’s missions and goals, as well as potential areas for collaboration. The highlight of the event was the striking of the closing gong by the 100WF team on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange to signify the end of stock trading for the day. We are thankful to all our hosts, sponsors, and partners for making our line-up of events a success. It is good to see great support from the media and organizations that are in alignment with the 100WF mission to promote the professional advancement of women in finance in Nigeria.

The Pitch Room Africa Twitter Space Event

I had the pleasure of joining Saccoh Sidi and Esta Richard Etim on the 21st episode of The Pitch Room Africa as a guest speaker. The Pitch Room Africa is a Twitter space event that connects VCs, Angel Investors, Entrepreneurs, and Industry Experts together in meaningful and engaging conversations. I spoke on the topic- The Challenges of Gender Lens investing in Africa and shared practical tips on how female-led businesses can raise funds, and how Aruwa Capital is driving a change through our gender lens investment strategy.

100 Women in Finance Nigeria Formal Launch

I am pleased to have been a part of the formal launch of the 100 Women in Finance Nigeria location and also a member of the Founding Committee of 100WF Nigeria. Following the successful pre-launch events we organised last year; I am so proud that we were able to convince the global 100WF board to choose Nigeria as the 32nd location globally and 3rd African location. We held a celebratory dinner in Lagos to mark the launch, and it was graced by senior leaders within the Nigerian financial services sector. Amanda Pullinger, the Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Finance and Mrs Sola David-Borha, the former CEO, Africa Regions, Standard Bank Group gave the keynote addresses for the event. 100WF is set to deepen it’s reach to finance professionals across the banking, private equity, venture capital, and FinTech sectors, among others, in Africa. Their global network and programs will build a more diverse and gender-equitable finance industry in Nigeria by promoting diversity of thought, raising visibility, and empowering women to find their personal path to career success.

Ecclesia Hills Open for Business Conference

I had the pleasure of speaking at the second edition of the Open for Business Conference hosted by Ecclesia Hills. The conference was themed - Planting in the Land. I spoke on Entrepreneurship - how to raise capital and scale businesses. I shared practical tips on what investors look out for when businesses are raising capital, and discussed the importance of Faith and the possibility of building profitable businesses in Nigeria despite the harsh realities we face. It was great to be a part of an amazing line up of speakers - Dr Ola Brown, Founder Flying Doctors Healthcare, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Ease of doing Business and Pastor Ayo Otulayo CEO Prime Atlantic Group.

Jesus House Uncommon Woman Conference

I had the honour of speaking at the Uncommon Woman Conference hosted by Jesus House themed - Abound: Living in His love. The event which held in London was the first In-person gathering post Covid-19 pandemic. I shared practical tips on women empowerment and also how my journey and achievements were centered around my faith in God. I also had an intimate session with the Young Esthers between the ages of 18-30 tagged - A letter to my young self which covered deep and meaningful conversations on relationship, career, and faith.

Empower Africa 50 Impactful Women Driving Business in Africa

It was an honour to be celebrated by Empower Africa as one of the 50 impactful women who are driving change and advancing sustainable economic development throughout the continent.

Dexterpro Women Breaking Barriers in Nigeria Feature

It was an honour to be celebrated as one of the 8 remarkable Nigerian women who are making a difference and breaking barriers both locally and globally in their respective fields. I am also honoured to be recognized for paving the way for future generations of women to follow in their footsteps and are also showing the world the power and potential of Nigerian women.

Tech PR 8 African Women Changing the Game in Venture Capital Feature

I was honoured to be recognized by Tech PR’s IWD publication as one of the 8 leading women promoting gender equity in the African tech ecosystem and listed as one of the female VCs that have been instrumental in driving the progress of technology in Africa through my fund Aruwa Capital.

YPO Presents Ask the Experts LinkedIn Live Session

It was great to be one of the speakers on the LinkedIn live session hosted by Leah Solivan of YPO Presents Ask the Experts on International Women’s Day. The topic of discussion was Equity and Funding for Women Entrepreneurs, and we discussed the impact of underfunding women-led businesses and how equity can be prioritized in organizations. It was a pleasure to speak alongside another impactful female founder - Liza Rodewald, Founder and CEO Instant Teams.

Leading Ladies in Africa 100 Most Inspiring Women Feature

It was an honour to be named by Leading Ladies Africa as one of the 100 most inspiring women for 2023. This edition highlighted the impact and achievements of Nigerian Female Entrepreneurs in Africa, showcasing the impact we are making on the continent.

Leading Ladies in Africa 4 Most Inspiring Women in Finance Feature

It was an honour to be among the 4 women in finance that made it to the Leading Ladies in Africa 100 most amazing women for International Women’s Day. It’s great to be recognized alongside Ibukun Awosika - Board Member, Binance Global Advisory, Tokunbo Ishamael CFA - Founder Alithea Capital and Ife Durosimi-Etti- Founder Herconomy, powerful women who are impacting the Finance Sector and the Nigerian economy at large.