Women’s MSME Conference 2017


14th, October 2017.


The Covenant Chapel, Lekki (4th roundabout, behind Oando Filling Station)

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Covenant Capital is the small and medium scale enterprise (SME) advisory arm of Covenant Christian Centre. As part of our mandate to reduce poverty in our nation, through wealth creation and empowerment we are turning our spotlight on the Female Entrepreneur in Nigeria.

Over 40% of Nigerian women are entrepreneurs – the highest proportion anywhere in the world. Studies have shown that both Nigerian men and women have the same potential to run SMEs, however female entrepreneurs (more than their male counterparts) struggle in business as a result of “gender-specific” constraints such as limited access to finance, property ownership requirements, double duties (at home and at work) and cultural bias, among others.

We believe every woman deserves a chance to be successful in business therefore it is important to remove these constraints; but equally important is ensuring that the Nigerian woman is equipped with the right resources to enable her thrive despite the glaring constraints in the market place.

This is the rationale behind the maiden edition of our Women’s MSME Conference 2017, themed:

“Equipping the Female Entrepreneur with Ideas, Concepts and Insights to Thrive in the Nigerian Economy and beyond.”


The event is recommended for ALL WOMEN especially:

  • Businesswomen looking to scale up in their businesses.
  • Employed-women considering exiting “9-5 jobs” or looking for alternative streams of income.
  • Unemployed-women looking for ideas of what to do.
  • Married-women, housewives, mothers looking to start a business and need direction.
  • Single-women looking to maximise their time in active and successful enterprise.
  • Widows in need of a means of sustenance by starting a business and how to go about it.
  • Young ladies and students seeking inspiration for successful business ventures and start-ups.
  • Self-employed women in need of access to finance.

Event Highlights

  • Inspired ideas and practical guides from experienced businesswomen and seasoned professionals who have been instrumental to the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria through mentorships, business planning, incubation advisory and financing support.
  • Insights into the early years of business from young, thriving, award-winning businesswomen who would be sharing their growth stories on the path to building successful businesses.
  • Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade and Investment (Office of the Vice-President).
  • Special panel on how to manage successful businesses in marriage, combining marital duties and so on – from highly successful couples in business.
  • Access to Finance Interaction with relevant development banks
  • Success stories of Female Entrepreneurs
  • Effective ways to separate business and personal finances
Dr. Jumoke Oduwole was appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade & Investment in December 2015. She is also the Secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) set up by His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari gcfr and chair by His Excellency the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo san, gcon, to oversee the ease of doing business reforms of the government.

She will be delivering the Keynote Speech on How Doing Business in Nigeria just got easier.

Adenike Adeyemi is the Executive Director for FATE Foundation (FATE), which is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by Fola Adeola (Co-Founder, GTBank) with a mission to foster wealth creation through the provision of business and entrepreneurial development. FATE has graduated over 5,200 aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs and enabled over 72,000 youth on the path to entrepreneurship. As the Chief Executive Officer of FATE, Adenike oversees the development, monitoring and implementation of the foundation’s strategic direction.

She will be speaking on Opportunities and success stories in female entrepreneurship.

Ononuju Irukwu is an Investment Management professional and Personal Wealth Consultant with over 2 decades of experience in Wealth Management. She is the Managing Director, Chapel Hill Denham Management Limited, a leading Investment Management firm in Lagos, Nigeria and the Chief Promoter of the Women’s Investment Fund, “WIF”, a gender specific mutual fund created as an investment vehicle for Nigeria’s women entrepreneurs. Ononuju is passionate about financial planning and literacy and is a weekly columnist on financial planning in Nigeria’s leading newspaper, ThisDay on Sunday.

She will be speaking on Business or Pleasure: Effective ways to separate personal and business finances.

Oluwayimika Angel Adelaja is the CEO/Founder of Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services which is an eco-friendly social enterprise that produces premium organic produce through hydroponics and community action. She also co-founded We Farm Africa, an agricultural NGO that focuses on collectively ensuring a better future for Africa through sustainable agriculture. Angel is a Nigerian innovator and change developer who formulates inclusive growth strategies for governments and organizations. Her major focus is women and youth empowerment, utilizing grass roots campaigns, technology and innovation to assist these groups in solving global issues. She was the 2016 class winner of the She Leads Africa Accelerator program.

She will be sharing her story as a Panellist on Young and thriving business success stories.

Olasubomi Okhueleigbe is Nigeria’s first modern female goldsmith. She is the Creative Director and Founder of Elesho Jewellery, a fine jewellery brand which combines intuitive design and unparalleled craftsmanship in producing exclusive jewellery that complements clients’ preferences. Her venture into the creative sphere started at about age 9 with knitting and hand sewing. She tried her hands at shoemaking, hat making and tailoring at different points in time. She dexterously combined her academics with the business of jewellery making and was awarded ‘Miss Entrepreneur” by the graduating class of 2007 Economics Department at the University of Lagos. In 2003, she started jewellery making and birthed Elesho Jewellery by 2004; she has never looked for a paid job since then.

She will be sharing her story as a Panellist on Young and thriving business success stories.

Mezuo & Ndidi Nwuneli Mezuo has a 20-year career in a broad spectrum of finance related roles in Private equity, Investment banking and Corporate Finance; while Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, in their New York and Johannesburg Offices before returning to Nigeria to serve as the pioneer Executive Director of the FATE Foundation.

They are both Co-founders of Sahel Capital, a private equity firm focused exclusively on the West African agribusiness sector in 2010; as well as Co-Founders of AACE Foods, an ago-processing company based in Ogun State, Nigeria.

They will be sharing their story as Panellists on Managing successful business in marriage (Combining marital duties with owning/managing a business & spousal support in business).

Obinnia and Ifeoma Abajue: Obinnia is the Chief Executive Officer of Hygeia HMO Limited and he has over 20 years of experience in Banking and Financial services primarily in Nigeria. Prior to joining Hygeia HMO, Obinnia was based in South Africa and was in charge of Business Transformation for Standard Bank’s Personal and Business Banking Business in Africa.

Ifeoma is a medical doctor with a special interest in aesthetic dermatology. She runs a successful skin clinic (The Aesthetic Clinic) and is also the Principal of the Beauty Therapy Institute (BTI) Lagos – part of a franchise located in South Africa and other African countries offering the highest standard of education/training in the health, beauty and skin care industry.

They will be sharing their story as Panelists on Managing successful business in marriage (Combining marital duties with owning/managing a business & spousal support in business).