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Societies thrive when women have equal opportunities, and there is gender equality.

The Women Leadership Institute is committed to equipping African women with the leadership skills they need to succeed in businesses, careers, and beyond. In celebration of International Women's Day on March 8th, 2021, WLI will be hosting a Free Leadership Course for women across the continent. The 2021 International Women's Day theme is "Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world". This course is designed to challenge women to review their leadership styles and attitudes to support this theme.



This two-day intensive class provides women with the necessary knowledge and tools needed to excel in leadership. Curated by successful female African leaders, this program will equip women to challenge the gender bias that exists in our societies with the learned influence, negotiating, and strategy skills.


This course will blend recommended reading, live instructions, self-driven projects and help participants become confident and effective leaders who nurture other female leaders.





Day 1


Welcome Address - Amb. Dr. Kema Chikwe

Chairperson, WLI


Adaptive Leadership - Hodan Osman (Foreign Policy and Development Expert)


Women Entrepreneurship Leadership Lessons[WELL]- Prof. Akutson

(Entrepreneurship Andragogue)


Day 2


Welcome Address - Adaora Ugwu

WLI Board Member


Networking and Support Circles - Ehime Eigbe


Leadership Framework for Female Leaders - Tee Nwozo

(Human Capital Strategist)


Focused Engagement as a tool for Engendering Gender Mainstreaming- Prof. Igali

(Diplomat/Award-Winning Writer)


Closing Remarks: Somachi Kachikwu

WLI Board Member


Course Moderator: Mrs. Wura Tunde-Anjous

Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist




Key Focus on:


  • Enhanced leadership skills and resources for developing and transitioning as a leader.

  • Understanding the root cause of a stubborn and recurring challenge in your organization or community

  • Understanding strategies to overcome challenges.

  • Strategies for using power and influence effectively

  • Leading adaptively amidst times of mistrust, resistance, conflict, and distress

  • How to overcome bias, maintain focus and excel as a leader

  • How to build and leverage on strategic networks: support circles and accountability networks

  • Designing and implementing personal leadership plans

  • How to communicate confidently as a leader





  • Women in Leadership positions

  • Women seeking Leadership positions



Certificates will be awarded at the end of the course


Prof. Igali

Ambassador Godknows Boladei IGALI is a Nigerian Career Diplomat, Administrator, and Intellectual.


He holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies, obtained from the University of Venezuela in 1988. He previously obtained BA in History from the University of PortHarcourt and a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos. He served in his actual career, among others, as Nigeria's Ambassador to the Scandanavia in 2008 and Consul General to Cameroon in 1999.


He was also Secretary to Bayelsa State Government in 2005 and was Peace to President Olusegun Obasanjo to the Niger Delta. Dr.Igali later rose to become a Federal Permanent Secretary, 2010-2015. An intellectual and award-winning author of "Perspectives on Nation-State Formation in Contemporary Africa" and many other books. He sits on four universities' leadership and has just been appointed Chairman, Visitation Panel, Federal University, Lokoja.


He is Chairman of various Charities, including the Foundation for Vocation Education Development in Nigeria, the African Centre for Peace and Development, etc. He's the Secretary, BOT of PANDEF, the South-South flagship organization. He holds the national honour of OON and is a Fellow, Historical Society of Nigeria, amongst others


Hodan Osman

After a career in commercial banking undertaking enterprise-wide change initiatives and at the United Nations focusing on capacity building, Hodan found her purpose when she went to Mogadishu in 2013 to work in the public sector and be part of the historic change that Somalia was undergoing.


For five years, Hodan has worked in Mogadishu – for the central bank, finance minister and supported other executive offices, including the office of the president. She led planning efforts for the immediate restoration of central banking functions and coordinated activities focused on rebuilding financial systems and strengthening financial governance and transparency. Hodan also leads the national debt relief agenda and coordination of the IMF Staff Monitoring Program, a critical first step towards achieving Somalia's development goals.


Most recently, Hodan has been teaching and implementing adaptive leadership methodology for various institutions, including Harvard and the Global Fund, at both the strategic level and on-ground, working with various stakeholders in the public health sector. In addition, Hodan is the financial inclusion lead for OZÉ, an organization specializing in supporting SME growth, linking small businesses in Ghana with access to credit.


Hodan Osman has an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was also a fellow at the Centre of Public Leadership. Additionally, she holds an MSc in Human Rights and International Relations.


Professor Seth Akutson

Professor Seth Akutson, a Harvard University Business School Trained Entrepreneurship Pedagogue & Chartered Stockbroker, holds a Ph.D. Degree in Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; where he taught for more than a decade; he's also a graduate of the University of Ibadan & Ahmadu Bello University-Zaria.


He's been the pioneer Head of Department & Director of Entrepreneurship and Head, Research & Training, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers, Lagos. He's been a Consultant and Board member with a number of international organizations, public and leading private institutions across the world.

Prof Akutson, a British Council accredited Trainer & Panelist, has served as an academic Pedagogue & Scholar, External Examiner, Guest Speaker & Professorial Assessor to more than twenty Universities in Africa, America, Asia & Europe. He's been a visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa & Ph.D. supervisor at the University of Lusaka, Zambia. He's involved in customized training with Commercial Banks, Central Banks & Corporate organizations. He has published scholarly articles in reputable journals & has facilitated & attended several conferences within & offshore. He's a one-time Principal Consultant with OAU Consultancy for a decade, securing Projects Funding.

 Prof Akutson's experiences span three decades, being World Bank Advisor in the office of the Honourable Minister of Power; he's Policy Consultant with German Government GiZ & Facilitator of the Federal Government Enterprise program as well as Business Clinic Healthy Diagnostics Provider with UKaid – The British People. Prof Akutson is Faculty Member with Leading Business Schools, including EDC, Lagos & Kaduna Business Schools, where he facilitates Venture growth & IFC-World Bank modules. He's a grant recipient of United States Embassy Digital Marketing Modules and a member and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Administration, Management, Energy, Economics, Governance, Stockbrokers, amongst several other distinguished honours & awards in the US, Uk, and Europe. 


Ehime Eigbe

Ehime is the Founder of Sweetkiwi, a healthy food brand. A health scare led her to greater understanding of the power of food. She changed her eating habits and delved into learning more about different ingredients that supports our bodies development. Sweetkiwi was born from this labor of love. She has led partnerships with many exciting brands such as Moet & Chandon, Pepsi, Guinness and Bailey’s to mention a few. In 2019, Ehime led a team to launch her delicious Whipped Greek Yoghurt in the US Market, which can be found in Whole Foods Market and several other grocery stores.


Ehime is a Visa grant recipient, a Sara Blakely X Spanx Grant Recipient, Acumen 2021 West African Fellow, the winner of the Black Girls Venture DC pitch competition and many other awards.


Ehime is also a Golden Sachs 10,000 Women scholar and ambassador. She holds a degree in Business Information Technology and International Studies from London Metropolitan University. She is certified for Cultured Diary and Ice Cream Production from Penn State University. As Founder and Creative Director of Sweetkiwi, Ehime is passionate about creating healthy foods that inspire her from all over the world.


Tee Okasi-Nwozo

Tee Okasi-Nwozo is a senior human resources executive with over 20 years of experience. She has designed, implemented, and led a number of strategic programs and initiatives to attract, develop, and engage talent for different businesses and organizations across the globe. As a Gallup-Certified Strengths coach, Tee has also worked in the capacity of an executive, leadership, and career coach, empowering individuals and teams to identify their competitive edge, hone their skills and talent and apply them in a way that consistently delivers results and drives impact. Her areas of expertise include, diversity, equity, and inclusion, talent acquisition, reward and recognition, change management, and transformational leadership.


Okasi-Nwozo is also the founder of the blog, "It's a Matter of People," which provides practical tips, examples, and advice to professionals that are looking to position themselves with purpose and have an edge in their respective fields or careers. She also views this blog as an intersection between a career advice blog and a blog that offers advice on how business leaders and HR practitioners can align their people strategy with overall organizational success.


Okasi-Nwozo has an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Georgetown University, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Howard University. She is also certified as a senior professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP).


Wura Tunde-Anjous

Wura Tunde-Anjous is an experienced Communications Specialist with over 10 years’ experience in marketing communications, brand management, corporate communications, social marketing and international development. Her career began in the United Kingdom as a Communications Analyst and over time she has created a niche in the development sector as a Communications expert.  Wura specializes in developing public advocacy strategies that utilise traditional communication methods to influence positive social and behaviour change.


With private and public sector expertise, Wura has worked on communication strategies for several clients including FirstBank, Access Bank, Oando, Smile Communications, Nigerian Breweries, Nissan, Distell, MTV Base, Palladium, Action Aid International, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others.


Wura is an advocate for women empowerment, supporting programmes that amplify the voices and needs of women in various key sectors such as agriculture, education, health and the fight for gender equality. She was the brand adviser of DFID Nigeria’s first gender equality brand – PURPLE, where she designed and implemented brand activities to promote gender equality and behaviour change across several states in Nigeria. Working with women across Africa, her field work activity has taken her into many communities across Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa where she uses communication as a tool for social change.


She is currently the head of Learning, Knowledge Management and Communications for the Human Development Evaluation, Learning and Verification Service under the Foreign Commonwealth Department Office, UK in Nigeria.


Somachi Kachikwu

Trained as a gender specialist and education consultant, Somachi Kachikwu has a B.A, Women Studies from Wesleyan University, CT, M.A, Gender Studies from University College, London, a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester, UK, and currently an Education Doctorate student at Marymount University, Virginia.


She brings with her over 18 years of professional experiences in development /non-profit work covering wide programmatic areas of education, policy and governance, poverty reduction, micro and small enterprise development, gender equality and women’s rights, women empowerment strategies, and program management. Over the years she has broadened her development, education and gender experience and knowledge working at Chemonics International, National University Commission, George Washington University and she is currently the Curriculum Coordinator for Phoenix TS, a training agency based in the US.


Passionate about working with children and young adults, she has successfully curated engaging programs for children of all ages highlighting their creativity and talent. Somachi has a track record of successfully guiding students to find their career paths, learn new skills, and become independent learners. As a gender specialist, As a gender specialist with strong expertise in organizational development and gender-mainstreaming, Somachi has worked partnered with NGOs to build capacity in gender equality and women's rights.



Somachi is also the founder of The Learning Box International- an educational services company for children, Consultant/Board Member, Women Leadership Institute, and Co-Founder, The Books and Desserts Book Club, an international Book club for women. She also has a blog Somachi Speaks where she shares her personal journey, thoughts, and experiences through real, humorous, and enlightening posts - hoping to motivate, encourage, and inspire. Somachi is a dedicated mother of four young men she fondly calls the Delta Knights.


Adaora Ndukwe-Ugwu

Adaora Ndukwe-Ugwu is a public finance and governance expert with over 18year’s experience in both the public and private sectors where she worked in private wealth management, treasury, risk, finance, corporate governance and public policy.


She currently leads the Treasury team at the Petroleum Equalisation Fund Management Board, an agency under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, where she oversees treasury, tax, audit and financial reporting activities. In addition to providing strategic policy advice to the Board on financial regulation and governance related issues, her experience has seen her lead the implementation of significant public sector finance and technology reforms, focused on using technology to strengthen financial accounting systems and improving transparency. She has been nominated to advise on high-level Government policy review committees, including the Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Governance Bill and the Niger Gas Policy.


While in the private sector, she built and managed an impressive portfolio of HNIs providing private banking, wealth management and financial advisory services.


Adaora earned an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was awarded the Eric Yankah Award for outstanding contribution to the Harvard Kennedy School. She also has a M.Sc. in Analysis and Design of Management Information Systems from the London School of Economics.

She is an AILA Fellow with the Centre for strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington D.C; a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). She serves as Advisory Board of the Women Leadership Institute. She remains an advocate for advancing women’s financial inclusion, political participation and educating the girl child.


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