Future Females Invest has merged with WOWe, a renowned organisation for women entrepreneurs in West Africa.
WOWe held the WOWe Festival from 2013 to 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria for three full days each and gave visitors the opportunity to network; individuals and companies used the platform to showcase their products tailored to women and delegates with existing businesses the avenue to pitch to investors. The high-level networking platform connected the most influential and business-minded women entrepreneurs in Africa to exchange ideas and dialogue on issues that relate to entrepreneurship, leadership, investment,and empowerment. The Wowe Festival provided opportunities to female entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to transform their businesses and realise their entrepreneurial goals.
In June 2013-2015, WOWe festival hosted 6000 women, over 127 speakers, and influencers, and experts across several sectors with the presence of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development led by the Former Minister Hajia Zainab Maina to support the women, alongside other sponsors such as The Nigerian Stock Exchange, First Bank of Nigeria, Ecobank, Lagos Internal Revenue Service, Chapel Hill Denham, Complan, House of Tara, Zaron, etc. Other brands that have also supported the women entrepreneurs by providing technical elements of learning for a taster of an executive MBA, such as business plans, access to finance, people management, partnering and resourcing, accounting and cash flow management are Sage, QuickBooks and KPMG, to mention a few.
WOWe continuously addressed the issues on gender inequality, paving ways for women and increasing their opportunities in the areas of employment or income-generating avenues and access to economic resources thereby guaranteeing them a better life and a promising future.
Across all editions, women entrepreneurs who attended the Wowe Festival learned to turn their passions into profits. The festivals brought a unique and superior experience for women entrepreneurs with co-located seminars and masterclasses. WOWe provided them with access to affordable financial services and alternatives to bank financing to sustain their businesses in a competitive market. Along with a community to network and create powerful relationships, share life experiences and gain insights from mentors, training on the best practices in their various sectors etc.
African women entrepreneurs “WOWe women”, tell their stories of what it means to be an entrepreneur in Africa and what Wowe Festival as a platform has helped them achieve.
The past editions have had high-ranked female CEOs in attendance. The likes of Onari Duke, Afua Osei, Mo Abudu, Adenike Oshinowo, Fatima Wali-Abdurrahman, Ojoma Chai, Ruth Osime, Tariye Gbadegesin, Ndidi Nwuneli, Tokunboh Ishmael, Uche Pedro, Uju Irukwu, Tara Fela Durotoye, Ivana Osagie, Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, Arese Ugwu and many more. International speakers such as Eryca Freemantle, Betty Enyonam Kumahor, Magatte Wade, Hanneli Rupert, Chris Bishop, etc.
Other women celebrities that have participated in the past events to inspire the delegates that they can achieve any set life goals are Folake Akindele Coker, Genevieve Nnaji, Tiwa Savage, Anita Erskine,Aituaje Iruobe- (Waje) Anthonia Alabi (Sasha), Osas Ighodaro, Kemi Adetiba, Kemi Lala Akindoju etc.
WOWe has partnered with media organisations recognized globally such as Forbes Africa, Linda Ikeji, BellaNaija, Guardian Newspaper, ThisdayLive,BusinessDay, Vanguard, New African Woman, Fortune Magazine USA, Onobello, Genevieve Magazine etc.