Helping Women Entrepreneurs Thrive in an Emerging Economy
‘’ Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters’’ Ezekiel 19:10King James Version (KJV)
There is an increasing number of female entrepreneurs, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, making huge contributions to the rise of entrepreneurial activities in their countries. These women drive the development of their economy. According to Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring Annual Report, women actually outnumber men in the entrepreneur space in countries like Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia, and the report below from no ceilings show evidences that there are more female entrepreneurs in Nigeria than anywhere else in the world.
Despite this fascinating statistics, many Nigerian female entrepreneurs still face obstacles that limit their ability to build a thriving business. While some of these constraints apply to all business owners, irrespective of their gender, others have been identified to be related primarily to women.
There are more female entrepreneurs in Nigeria than anywhere else in the world
Some of these constraints can easily be attributed to gender stereotypes pertaining to cultural and social beliefs and behaviors, and are described below.
There are many other challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in Nigeria which I have not captured in this piece. However, it is clear that the role of women in driving the Nigerian economy is huge and all stakeholders must continuously put measures in place to encourage women in business.
One of such measures is to organise networking opportunities for women to discuss the issues that they face and provide support on how to overcome those barriers.
An impending women focused gathering is the women MSME conference which holds on the 14th of October, 2017 at Covenant Chapel Lekki. This conference aims to remove some of these constraints and feed the female entrepreneurial mind with streams of ideas, concepts and insights that allow her thrive in business – in spite of the glaring constraints. It is an initiative of Covenant Capital; a business advisory arm of Covenant Christian Centre with mandate to reduce poverty in Nigeria by empowering individuals and businesses with the tools to create wealth through – business advisory services, micro-credit schemes, trainings and seminars. To register for the event, please got to www.insightsforliving.org/