The Role of Women in Emerging African Democracies (ROWEAD) was conceived in December 2013 with a desire to arouse the consciousness of women and their role as change agents in contributing to building strong democracies and democratic values Tin Nigeria and Africa. ROWEAD is the initiative of Women in Education and Leadership Development Society (WIELDS) a not-for-profit organization that now convenes a yearly one-day Conference for women in Nigeria with particular reference to their roles and participation in the building of the Nigerian socio-political and economic structures.
ROWEAD’s strategy is practical in nature, it is a participatory approach characterized by intensive group discussions. The presentations from our identified keynote speakers serve to sensitize women on strategies of how to overcome the challenges existing in their environments. It also creates learning and inspiring opportunities from individuals who have proved that it is possible for women to thrive and excel in leadership and governance.
This approach for driving change is to expose our members and mentees to women leaders who have already began the race, learn from shared experiences and approaches and experience the possibility of being involved in politics and governance leading to a better Africa. It provides opportunities for colloquium and mentorship.
ROWEAD are the visionaries at the frontline of social change as our slogan states, “Be the change agent or become the change”. Our first conference was held on the 23rd of May 2014.
Mrs. Adaobi Alex-Oni is a seasoned broadcaster, TV presenter and a women and children events planning Professional. She is a graduate of the University of Abuja and a M.A. Theater Arts graduate from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. She has spent the last decade of her professional management career pioneering and putting together special out door games and activities for the excitement of children at various private and corporate events. Through her organization – One Hundred Percent Nigeria Ltd, she pioneered the very first out door water game called “Water Walking Balls” and “Paddle Boats”. As a seasoned media professional, Mrs. Alex-Oni has also had major partnerships and collaborations with various media outfits within and outside the country where she puts together numerous documentaries , magazine contributions, video coverage’s, television and radio anchor presentations. She also pioneered the very first live musical TV program in Nigeria called “Juke Box” during her stint with Minaj Broadcasting Corporations between 2000-2003.
Mrs. Adaobi Alex-Oni has a personality that is predisposed to challenges, creativity and likes to intellectually stimulate and engage brilliant people from all spheres of life. She is also grassroots motivator. She is the convener and initiator of the ROWEAD and WOW-I Initiative.
Mr. Olajide Alex-Oni is a seasoned Investment Banker with over 15 years experience in the Financial Services Industry in Nigeria. He is a Chartered Wealth Manager from the Academy of Business and Financial Management, an alumnus of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago and a graduate of the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
Mr. Alex-Oni is a visiting speaker at the Africa Nazarene University, Nairobi, Kenya where he has an endowment, which offers the Olajide Alex- Oni MBA Leadership Scholarship Award. This scholarship award supports one MBA student in every academic session that has demonstrated exemplary Leadership qualities and good grades under a keenly competitive criteria. Mr. Alex-Oni is also a self-development motivational speaker and he organizes and facilitates a quarterly mentorship conference on business opportunities and wealth management for University graduates in Nigeria. His passion as motivational speaker has exposed him to lecturing youths on leadership, mentorship and self development at various university within and outside Nigeria. He is the benefactor of the ROWEAD and WOW-I Initiative.