A former Zimbabwean Vice President, Dr. Joice Mujuru and a former First Lady of Liberia, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, have urged women to brace themselves for top political and corporate leadership roles instead of embracing the weaker sex tag.
The two leading African women were the special guests of honour at the opening of the 2017 National Women’s Summit, held in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Wednesday.
The three-day annual summit under the theme, ‘The Resilient Woman: Making a Difference,’ was organised by the Oyo State Officials’ Wives’ Association (OYSOWA) under the auspices of the wife of Oyo State Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi.
The event, which attracted more than 1,000 delegates from across the country, was also graced by four governors: Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos State), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa State); Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State) and their host, Abiola Ajimobi.
Mujuru, who delivered a keynote address, urged women to stop placing themselves at the mercy of men, saying that her emergence as the first female vice president of Zimbabwe in 2004, a position she held for ten years, did not come on a platter of gold, having been in the trenches with the Zimbabwean liberators since 1973.
In their separate addresses, Ajimobi, Dickson, Ambode and Aregbesola said that women had pivotal roles in national development.
The chief hostess of the event, Mrs. Ajimobi, said that the conference was initiated in 2012 to support the state government’s three-point agenda of restoration, transformation and repositioning of the state to its pacesetter status.